Further reading

That should really be it. By now you most likely have a fully functioning Debian installation, with more or less everything set up. Of course, there is still a lot to do, and there is always a chance that something went wrong that is not covered on these pages. What then?

There are, of course, plenty of forums on the internet to ask around, and you will possibly even find a forum on this site later on (not quite sure how soon though), but before you go on ahead asking, you should make sure that you've tried to uncover all the mysteries for yourself first. Of course, search engines are your friends, but to save you some typing, here are a few resources you can check out right away. These pages might be, in a future date, extended with some of what's written elsewhere, but for now, these external sources would be your best bet to find more information. also, who really wants to reinvent the wheel, right? (I, for one, do...)

Some of the suggested articles here might concern other distributions, most likely Ubuntu or Linux Mint. As both of those are based on Debian, the instructions should be more or less the same for your own system too.

One thing to remember is, if you don't have sudo installed or enabled, you will need to gain root privileges before executing anything that starts with sudo in the instructions.

The official docs

If there's anything you're interested in or something you cannot figure out and is not covered here, the official Debian documentation is usually the best place to start looking. It might look intimidating, and it is certainly very long, but the level of detail (and expertise) it offers is still unparalleled.

  • The official Debian installation Manual is the go-to document when you're unsure about anything, and/or need to double-check something.
  • The Debian Administrators' Handbook by RaphaĆ«l Hertzog and Roland Mas (email addresses in document) is possibly the most detailed documentation ever compiled for Debian, (and most OSes in general).
  • Although it might not look like much at the first glance, the official Debian Wiki offers a wealth of information as well.
  • And finally the Debian use forum could be searched and used for information, but be sure you research anything before asking. Some of the forum members have a reputation for being grumpy, but that is often because people often go there and expect it to be a helpdesk, which it is not.

Some external articles to consider

Install missing firmware

Sometimes firmware is necessary for normal operation of stuff like wireless cards, sound, etc.

Display drivers, and video cards

GPU vendors were, and often still are, notorious when it comes to neglecting Linux drivers. The following articles can be life-savers if you run into problems

Securing Debian

However secure Linux is compared to many other operating systems, it can always be more secure. Fortunately security updates are enabled by default, still

Advanced network configuration

Sometimes the basics are just not enough, are they? Connecting to a WiFi or wired network is all fine, but what if you want more:

  • How to use a VPN Depending on what you need and where:
    • This article will show you how to set up your own VPN at home,
    • this article walks you through the Network Manager tool, and how to use it to connect to a VPN network, while
    • this one shows the same in KDE (it's vendor specific, but should largely be the same for others as well), finally,
    • this roundup pretty much sums it all up.
  • To set up a static IP address -- read this article, it has every information you need.
  • To connect to a WiFi network -- If you're having trouble with your WiFi, the WiFi page on Debian Wiki might be the best resource to read.

Advanced sound and video setup

If the basics are not quite enough:

Passwordless login

Can be a convenience, when you are the only user on the PC or don't care to password protect anything on it.

  • GDM (GNOME) -- To set up passwordless login in GDM3 (standard DM in from GNOME in Debian),
  • SDDM (KDE) -- To set up passwordless login in SDDM (standard DM in from KDE PLasma in Debian), read these instructions. They are also for Arch Linux, but should also work on Debian.
  • LighDM (XFCE) -- To set up passwordless login in LightDM (standard DM in from XFCE in Debian), read these instructions. They are still for Arch Linux, but should also work on Debian.