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How-To: Setup Debian Linux Desktop with Full Multimedia Support and Faster Processing

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Recently Debian-based distributions have been making the headlines these past few months (i.e. Ubuntu, MEPIS, Linspire, Xandros) and taking away some of the glory from its root source, so I decided to see if I had the chops to figure out how to take a stock Debian desktop install and tweak it to function on par or better than the competition. Proudly, I can report, I have accomplished what I have set out to do and now have a solid workhorse multimedia PC that has made me a convert.

Before We Start Installing/Tweaking Anything
Configure sudo (what's sudo) so you – as an “admin” user – can easily have root privileges when needed. To do this go to Desktop->Administration->User and Groups and click on the Groups tab. Next, click on “Add Group” and add the “Group Name” admin and then add your username to the group members. Once finished there, go to Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type (will prompt you for the root password):

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