Debian Stretch29 Jul 2017
- Download the ISO image from the non-free section of the Debian file server. The non-free installation medium contains proprietary firmware and drivers for WiFi adapters and graphics cards where the manufacturer has not released a free software driver.
- Write the big ISO file to a USB stick using a tool for creating bootable USB sticks and boot from it. You might have to enable booting from USB in the BIOS settings before booting.
- Install Debian with KDE Plasma as desktop and reboot. Make sure that software updates are working.
- Install required proprietary firmware and drivers to get WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3D graphics working. In my case I had to install firmware for the Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter and drivers for the AMD/ATI Kabini Radeon HD 8330 graphics card. Note that I currently have unsolved connectivity and low signal issues with the Qualcomm Atheros WiFi adapter. Instead I am accessing WiFi using USB tethering with an Android phone.
- Add Debian Multimedia to get patent-encumbered functionality to work:
- Install gstreamer1.0-libav to get the JuK music player to work:
- Install qml-module-qtquick-xmllistmodel to get the network traffic display to work:
- Setup Debian support for Bluetooth headsets. This requires proprietary Bluetooth firmware:
- After rebooting you can pair a Bluetooth headset and use pavucontrol to redirect the output of a running media player to it.
More software I recommend:
- Clementine music player.
- Electrum instant on Bitcoin wallet
- LaTeX text processing
- Plymouth boot splash screen
- Deja-Dup backup solution (needs python-gi)
- KMyMoney personal finance manager
- Hugin panorama photo stitcher
- Luminance HDR
I’ll try to keep this up to date as I discover more useful things to install and setup.
- Debian ATI Howto
- Debian Bluetooth a2dp
- KDE Wallet migration repeated at each login. Need to set ~/.config/kwalletrc to the following content for it to go away.
- Had to reenable Baloo file indexing using balooctl enable