I’ve got a project that I’m working on that requires a good server back end. It’s been a long time since I’ve done much with Debian (except Ubuntu). So I decided to go cutting edge and load the “etch” release. To make it a little easier since I’m just doing some testing I loaded it in the free version of Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2004 on my XP laptop. The install went smoothly. The only problem that I had was that VPC 2004 on supports 16 bit color so I had to boot into single user mode and edit the X11 setting to change it from 24 bit in order to get a usable desktop. Although my project doesn’t require a desktop, I thought I would check that out anyway. I runs like a charm, I loaded up ssh server and can do my work from cygwin while it runs in the back ground. Now that I have a base machine installed, I can start working on my project with it next week.