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Things to do after installing Debian 9 “Stretch”

 

Debian Stretch

 

In this guide, we are going to see a list of few basic things to do after installing Debian Stretch.

One of the first things to do is to update the sources and then grant sudo access to the default user so that we don’t need to switch user as root to perform operations that require root access. Granting sudo access to users on Home PC’s is ok but granting sudo access to users in an office environment is not recommended.

 

Update The Source List

Note: I would like to let you know that in this guide, we are going to install software from the “contrib” and “non-free” repositories too.

Also we are going to add “contrib” & “non-freerepositories that are not 100% FOSS as per the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

  • contrib” – repositories include packages which do comply with the DFSG, but may fail other requirements. For instance, they may depend on packages which are in non-free or requires such for building them.
  • non-free” – repositories include packages which do not comply with the DFSG

If you want to use a installation that is 100% FOSS as per the Debian Free Software Guidelines then just don’t add “contrib” & “non-free” to the source list.

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Apt Pinning Debian Multimedia Using Preferences

In this guide, we are going to see the steps to apt pinning Debian Multimedia repo using preferences in Debian.

 

Debian

 

Disclaimer:

Before we proceed, I want to let you know that even though the steps in this guide works in my Debian installation properly, it does not mean that the Apt-Pinning method used in this guide may work properly in your system too and/or may break the installation.

So please read more about Apt-Pinning in the Debian Wiki before proceeding further.

 

Multimedia codecs (3rd party repo)

If you want to install w32codecs and libdvdcss2 (required for the decryption of CSS protected-DVD), then you need to add the 3rd party repository deb-multimedia to do that.

Now open /etc/apt/sources.list and add the deb-multimedia repository.
sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

 

Add the following lines to the sources.list,

#Debian Multimedia
deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free
deb-src http://www.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free

Now we have to deal with one more issue. Both debian.org and deb-multimedia.org host packages with same names in their repositories.

So we have to set apt pinning in such a way that the packages with same names that exist in both the repositories are downloaded from debian.org and not deb-multimedia.org.

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Things to do after installing Debian 8 “jessie”

Keep Calm and Install Debian Jessie

 

In this guide, we are going to see the list of top/important things to do after installing Debian Jessie.

One of the first things to do is to update the sources and then grant sudo access to the default user so that we don’t need to switch user as root to perform operations that require root access. Granting sudo access to users on Home PC’s is ok but granting sudo access to users in an office environment is not recommended.

 

Update The Source List

Note: I would like to let you know that in this guide, we are going to install software from the “contrib” and “non-free” repositories too.

Also we are going to add “contrib” & “non-freerepositories that are not 100% FOSS as per the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

  • contrib” – repositories include packages which do comply with the DFSG, but may fail other requirements. For instance, they may depend on packages which are in non-free or requires such for building them.
  • non-free” – repositories include packages which do not comply with the DFSG

If you want to use a installation that is 100% FOSS as per the Debian Free Software Guidelines then just don’t add “contrib” & “non-free” to the source list.

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