Solution to that: Fetch all these .deb files manually with the laptop, copy 'em over via a usb key and install with dpkg.

phew!

dnsmasq-base_2.85-1_amd64.deb libnfnetlink0_1.0.1-3+b1_amd64.deb
iptables_1.8.7-1_amd64.deb libnm0_1.30.0-2_amd64.deb
libbluetooth3_5.55-3.1_amd64.deb libteamdctl0_1.31-1_amd64.deb
libip6tc2_1.8.7-1_amd64.deb network-manager_1.30.0-2_amd64.deb
libndp0_1.6-1+b1_amd64.deb libnetfilter-conntrack3_1.0.8-3_amd64.deb

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Things were going okay, got ZFS up and running, got the old drives mounted to copy things.

How strange, networking has stopped. Networking's not working.

...

Oh fuck.

I did "apt autoremove" at some point, and it's removed network-manager.

Why the hell would it do that?

How on earth am I gonna get it back with no network?

Fuck. Is this a re-install moment. God damnit.

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Tell you what though, it's remarkable how simlar XFCE4 has been for ages with how Windows 11 is now:

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Both Bluetooth and Wiki look like they might tale some figuring out, whereas I'm gonna need to be able to Video-Talk with my family in the morning!

So can I get my webcam running through Jitsi? With the mic?

First, we need to shut off these damn Bluetooth errors by just disabling bluetooth and wifi:

> vi /etc/modprobe.d/bluetooth-blacklist.conf

Add:
blacklist btrtl
blacklist btbcm
blacklist btintel
blacklist btusb

And reboot.

Ah. no more bluetooth errors.

And Jitsi appears to work, both from the USB mic and from the camera and the speakers are working.

So I'm good to go for meeting tomorrow. Probably a long way away from having Steam and Unity and VR installed yet.

Looks like Bluetooth and WIfi may be tricky in Debian.

New computers eh?

Bedtime though.

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Spent far too long wondering why the second monitor wouldn't work until I realized I unplugged it when the curry arrived so I could maneuver the projector screen open.

Doh.

So NVidia on Debian is working, and I get to actually watch the text of the boot-up instead of being blind-folded by a graphics start screen.

And also have a console to fix any graphics issues.

Now I'm not blind-folded, I can see boot up is delayed massively by this on-board bluetooth device flooding errors and trying to re-connect over and over again.

I assume this is some proprietary driver that I have to download but I wonder how I find out how to do that...

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Everyone seems to love their graphical splashes. Showing a nice graphic instead of showing what's actually going on.

I hate that.

I don't want a Graphical Login Manager.

Ugh.

Makes it awkward to do graphics-drives jobs, means you can't see what's going on.

> vi /etc/default/grub

Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to ="text"

Then disable the stupid display-manager:

> sudo systemctl disable lightdm

Now X won't start until I want X to start.

But the old graphics drives will still start, and we wanna stop that so we can replace them with the new ones:

> vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf

Add the lines:
blacklist nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0

Then reboot (boo!)

Once we once again re-stop that torrent of bluetooth errors we can actually run the graphics drivers!

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Well look at that, two of my favorite things both at once. Both The Muppets AND Mr Blue Sky. Nice once.

youtube.com/watch?v=iRNl0iWE49

>dmesg -n 1

Will make the console shut up with the errors so you can think at least.

But now my curry is here.

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Well. Ideally that. But you have to turn off X-11 to do that. Which means using the console.

And the console is filled with rude error messages about failing to read a bluetooth device.

Every second.

Great.

I don't care if bluetooth works or not, but I do need it to not fill my screen with errors constantly.

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Done. It's installed.

I have bash and Firefox, so I can at least definitely do my job on Monday.

But next I want to fill the left over space with a zfs pool, and move home there.

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Debian 11 (bullseye) has now been installed on your system. You may now restart.

That's just ONE reboot Microsoft! You hear?

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Ha, the power saving kicked in, monitor went bank.

Is it still working? Jiggle mouse.

PASSWORD!

Uh-ho.

Turns out it 'user' / 'live'

6% done.

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And there it goes. Started.

Will it fail at 40 percent half a dozen times until I get better install media? Who knows. It's incredible any of this stuff works at all.

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Right. Rethink. That then.

"an efi system partition is necessary to start debian. Create a fat32 file system for boot, with boot flag, at /boot.

Doh I knew that.

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British English in London time zone please.

When picking a keyboard layout debian is doing something I couldn't do in win: let me type to test if it's right .

200 gig ext4 for root, a hundred gig for swap

We'll call the rest exfat for now but the intention is zfs later.

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There she is! Hello debian. Interesting choice to put the main monitor on the opposite one to the boot loader.

You see that drive labelled "boot", I hope to install you on there.

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Dunno why it wouldn't boot the net installer. Probably burned it wrong or something. Nothing else would boot it either.

We have booted a xfce live installer though. Speech synthesis installers too now.

Shall I try the live? Don't think I've tried a live debian installer before.

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