no software that works??

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Two problems #1) I live in the Philippines. Because of this downloading software takes many hours. I downloaded Debian Squeez and was very disappointed. Besides taking 2 days to get I haven't been able to find any software that is ready to run. I am not a programmer but I want to get away from the world domination of Microsoft Windows. I downloaded a list from Sourceforge that was supposed to contain all programs that are available for Debian but I can't even open that. !?!. I am very frustrated. What am I doing wrong???
Problem #2) When I loaded and installed Debian from a USB drive I was never asked if I want a dual boot. Now I have no access to Windows programs.As much as I hate windows I am stuck with them. I tried to reinstall from the USB to see if I missed something but apparently when the Debian was installed at the same time it removed essential files from the USB and I am not able to reload the Install. I tried Windows disk but after installing again it still boots to Debian only. WHAT DID I DO WRONG???

Re: no software that works??

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This is my /etc/apt/sources.list, in case there is a problem with
your sources file:
#
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Squeeze_ - Official Snapshot i386 CD Binary-1 20101115-06:03]/ squeeze main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Squeeze_ - Official Snapshot i386 CD Binary-1 20101115-06:03]/ squeeze main

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.debian-multimedia.org squeeze main non-free

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian squeeze-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian squeeze-updates main contrib non-free

You install programmes the following way: sudo aptitude install whatever
or by using Synaptic

Of course, if your internet does not work both methods will fail

As for windows, try running, as root:
update-grub

Re: no software that works??

UncleDumu's picture

It sounds like you have a working Debian system of some kind, but if you do want to re-install, it might be worth purchasing a DVD copy of Debian from a local Linux company in the Phillipines. Just because it's free software, doesn't mean you can't sell or buy it! You explicitly are free to do that.

This way you can be confident of your installation media. You should be able to purchase a full set of disks for the latest stable release for a small amount of money. I wouldn't always recommend this but it sounds like it may be worth it in your case.

You could try http://www.businesslist.ph/companies/debian or http://www.businesslist.ph/companies/linux for instance.