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[[https://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2907|Debian 6.0 (squeeze) will get a special Long-Term-Support (LTS) for i386 and amd64]] until February 2016. Some packages won't be supported like libwebkit* and its browsers. Add [[http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/|Backports]] to your repos to get more software. Links: [[LTS]] and [[CategoryLts]]. Some packages won't be supported in LTS. Add [[http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/|Backports]] to your repos to get more software. Links: [[LTS]] and [[CategoryLts]].

Debian on old or slow computer

Consider using LTS or OldStable instead of Stable. Some packages won't be supported in LTS. Add Backports to your repos to get more software. Links: LTS and CategoryLts.

Replace websites with special software

Use youtube-dl -f fmt (e.g. 36) to download videos from Youtube and other websites and play it with mplayer or vlc. The english Wikipedia article about YT has a list of YT formats. youtube-dl is in the Backports. Another way to use youtube-dl is to download it to ~/bin and use youtube-dl -U to update it. A disadvantage is the lacking manpage, but youtube-dl -h gives you help.

If your computer is too slow for iceweasel showing OpenStreetMap, try foxtrotgps.

xbmc or xbmc-standalone (xbmc with X but without a window manager) with radio, youtube or Mediathek plugin may or may not be useful for old computers (xbmc requires 24bit colors).


In the Debian repositories

  • claws-mail (former sylpheed) is a small mail programm with the look'n'feel of thunderbird/icedove. It features pop3, imap, smtp, spam-filter, encryption and plugins. clawsker is an extra utility for configuration.

  • dradio is a terminal based frontend for mplayer. It plays the preconfigured danish radio and TV channels. You can configure your own channels in ~/.config/dradio/menu.xml . The config file format is described in dradio(5).

  • pinta is a small, but powerful paint. It doesn't print pictures.

  • ripit rips audio cds with the help of lame or other encoders and uses the cddb for naming. Usage example: nice -n19 ionice -c3 ripit -o /home/myuser/music -v new -S standard --eject --nointeraction --loop 1 --ripopt "-z 3"

  • streamripper rips audio streams into files.

dvtm dwm epdfview gscan2pdf iceweasel with plugins irssi lftp mosh (ssh for slow or unstable connections) pydf qalc rtorrent screen scrot w3m (with w3m-img )

Software that is not in the debian repos


If you can watch small videos only, recode videos with: nice -n19 ionice -c3 mencoder -oac lavc -ovc lavc -lavcopts acodec=mp2:vcodec=mpeg2video:abitrate=128:autoaspect -of mpeg -vf scale=360:-2 -o small.mpeg big-source.avi

Make use of ionice (package util-linux). The CFQ has to be the active io scheduler in kernel. Example: nice -n19 ionice -c3 aptitude update