Your own DNS server As some Wi Fi routers do now work as they should when they act as DNS server, I prefer to have my own on my laptop, so lets install pdnsd [Update] If you are using wicd, you can configure the DNS directly on each connection wicd will manage.
If it can not start (as in my case) you may need to load the right module, read here to know how to do it, according to your processor, but basically you need to choose between these lines for AMD Sempron/Athlon/MP ( K7 ) Center ICQ is a text based MSN, Yahoo, ICQ client.
After installing all these stuff, remember to create the necessary menus to access the software from Flux Box, or you will have to start them using the command line.
Before installing the applications, lets make our Desktop a little bit more "eyecandy" if this word can be used, we will install conky which is one of my favorite applications in DSL, be sure to have Read manage your Wifi networks with wifi-radar to learn more.
[Update] I must say that now a days I prefer wicd instead of wifi-radar, but now you have the two options, I also like the possibility to use to manage wifi connections from the command line.
[Update]I've decided to update this old post, as a warming post before the imminent release of Debian 6.0 Squeeze As I have mentioned in previous posts, I use to work on Desktops PCs, one in my office and one in my Home, I use my Laptop (an old IBM T30) only when I travel, and as I like to travel light, this also goes for my Laptop, so here I will show how do I configured my Laptop with Debian Lenny, and just the necessary software for my job while abroad.