new user, wanting to build a multimedia computer

Krishnakant Mane krmane at
Fri Mar 8 16:50:53 UTC 2013

Just curious, what version of Orca, firefox and office does Debian 
stable (6.0) carry?
happy hacking.
On 03/08/2013 09:39 PM, John G. Heim wrote:
> Well, you're going to have a problem in that your questions are too 
> broad. I think it will be hard for anyone to tell you exactly what to 
> do. I think you should start by installing linux (obviously). I 
> personally use nothing but vanilla debian.
> My home Linux machine died Sunday night and I just replaced it Monday. 
> I used the debian stable release candidate. This means it's not 
> technically debian's current stable release. But I think at this 
> point, you don't want to install the true stable version. You'd just 
> have to upgrade in a few weeks/months anyway. The current stable 
> version is version 6 (code named squeeze) and the release candidate is 
> version 7 (code named wheezy).
> Wheezy seems to work fine. The one problem I've had is that it doesn't 
> start orca automatically. The current stable version does that.
> On 3/7/2013 7:38 PM, reinhard stebner wrote:
>> This is what I would like to do but do not know where to start.
>> I have an older Dell (about 6 years old) that currently has windows 7
>> installed. I would like to take this machine and turn it into a multi
>> media server. I would like to hook up a NAS, run my music through it
>> (mp3 / m4a) movies, display movies if possible, hook it to the net and
>> be able to do normal computing tasks. I am very new to Linux (have been
>> reading the messages here) and I figured that it would be a good idea to
>> have someone help with this. Remembering that I am new to this and do
>> not know where to start and need a simple approach. I have compiled and
>> written code C and C++ in Unix. I played around briefly with Speakup
>> but I lost enters when the machine I was using stopped working (mother
>> board was friend). Now that I have a computer to play with again, I need
>> help setting it up and hardware that I would be able to do this.
>> So let’s start with sound card. It has a Sound Blaster xfy. One network
>> card and two hard drives. It has plenty of processing power.
>> What flavor of Linux would work for this?
>> How do I get started?
>> I do not have hardware speech and would need to use software speech.
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