[SATLUG] Switching distros - what settings/files to back up

Mark Spieth mspieth376 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 15:02:06 CDT 2013

Debian unlike Ubuntu contains only free non proprietary software. Some drivers may not be opensource and therefore not part of the Debian repo. 

Before you reload your netbook, make sure you know which sound card and network cards you have. lspci -vnn should output that for you. Then you can start looking for the drivers you'll need. You may also want to output your installed software from your old install. It may be helpful after the new install. you can do this via the command:  dpkg --get-selections > software.txt 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Hudson" <chrishudson at gmail.com>
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:51:18 PM
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Switching distros - what settings/files to back up

Actually sound and wifi do NOT work with the Debian USB live image.
That's why I want to know what to back up from the current Ubuntu
I will do as suggested and back up /etc , and read through the Debian
install docs.

Thanks for all the feedback,

On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM, Marek Garst <mgarst60 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> If sound and wifi work using the live usb, it would seem you should be
> compatible with the hardware. I would test that first. Alternatives could
> be to set up for dual boot, or, if you want to be really careful, replace
> the hard drive with another ( if accessible) and install the new system on
> it.
> Thanks, Mark
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