A Gentoo User Gives Debian a Go Around
Dec 10, 2008, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hans Kwint)
"Then, I experienced some minor frustrations. First of all I
chose "English" as my language, after which Debian assumed I lived
in an English speaking country. "Bad assumption" I thought. After I
found out I could choose 'Another country' I was greeted with a
non-alphabetical list ordered by continent. Not very convenient in
my opinion; but views may differ. After I chose The Netherlands,
the next problem emerged. Now I do have a QWERTY keyboard just like
almost everyone, but because the Dvorak layout is more ergonomic
that's what I use; normally Linux translates my QWERTY-input to
Dvorak keys. I wasn't able to find the Dvorak keyboard layout in
Debian's list however, meaning I had to do the rest of the
installation using the clumsy QWERTY-layout. A missed opportunity,
Gentoo supports Dvorak nowadays so I'm really used to it.
"I thought of a way to trick Debian, so I pressed Ctrl+F2. I was
glad this worked and I ended up in an old fashioned terminal.
Nonetheless, once I found out it was 'sh' this terminal was
running, probably busybox, and not Bash, I was slightly frustrated
again; no bash means no history and tab completion. But after all,
this was a mini-image, so I couldn't really complain; apart from
thinking "Gentoo mini-images do provide bash". For some reason I
didn't remember the 'loadkeys' command, and of course 'setxkbmap'
didn't work; after which I decided to stay with QWERTY."