When converting from RedHat to Debian all of the configuration files
in /etc should be kept (e.g., burn them to CD-RW). Both
distributions use many of the same configuration files, although
sometimes they are in slightly different places.
Another approach is to create a parted boot disk (or use a Knoppix
CD--knoppix has parted installed) and then create a new partition on
your machine onto which you install Debian. This allows you to keep a
functioning RedHat install while you set up Debian. Once you have the
Debian installation up to scratch you can wipe the RedHat partition
and reclaim it for use in Debian (perhaps as /var, /usr). Otherwise
delete the partition with parted and enlarge your Debian partition.
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