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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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So I spent the last two days, give or take, trying to fix the dual-boot on this computer I broke three months ago: in trying to install Linux, I made Windows refuse to launch.

I now have Windows running, ending my three-month streak of using no Windows operating system on either of my two main computers. It's not really something I like, but I had no choice; Windows is required to make my computer talk to my Voyage 200, and as I rely on it to take notes but I want to be able to back up my notes, I don't really have a choice.

Note that this was not the inexpensive way of making Windows run, only the easy way. No force on this Earth would make Windows boot from the partition we made for it. The upshot to this? My computer now has two hard drives.

When I ordered the damn thing, I got it with more than enough HD space. Now it really has more than enough HD space. We're talking 260 gigabytes total here. (160 on HDA, 100 on SDB.) It took me three years to run through 30 GB on my other computer, and now I have 260? I just hope they're reliable drives, because they'll probably be expected to outlast the usefulness of the processor. At least this is one of those computers that's easy to upgrade.

But that's why I haven't been around; fighting against Windows has been taking all my time and energy. Just as installing the software I need on it will likely do for the next several days, too.

I have reminded myself why I hate Windows with at least half a burning kilonun of passion, if not more. (I think I've made previous posts on why the burning kilonun is the proper Metric unit of passion, so I will not repeat them here.) It does boot and shut down faster than Linux, but everything... loads... slowly. And it operates slowly. And it doesn't have a lot of the convenient input features I got used to- mark buffer with third-click paste, for one.

But I'm also reminded of what Windows can do that Linux cannot: Windows-based games. I am promptly re-installing most of my collection.

Mrr. My Wintendo, it is.

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Alas, software complains even when the -version- is the same. It's the "Ubuntu" suffix that kills it.

Mmm, I'll give SuSE a go, though I notice the highest version number, the professional edition, is money-cost. Is the community edition any good?

SuSE 9.3 Professional is free and open-source. What they describe as the "Eval" version, from their download page here, is actually the full version of the operating system; it's "Eval" because the CDs and DVD only contain 1/3 of the availible packages. (The shipped version has three DVDs.) But all the packages are availible from the FTP servers!

I've never given Novell a cent.

Woo, thanks. And wow, five CD ISOs to download. What I don't understand is how some of these distros need three DVDs (SUSE) or fourteen CDs (Debian), when Ubuntu needs only one and a few downloads for everything one needs. Obviously it does not have everything one needs, but it has a large repository...

Ubuntu's one CD contains only the OS and a few applications; the three DVD's or 14 CDs are the entire SuSE package archive. The five SuSE CDs only cover about 1/3 of the packages; the remainder are availible online.

Also, see the instructions about how to download one 64MB CD image, and install from that; it contains just enough code to boot the computer and then stream the installation off an FTP server. The packages are then downloaded on-the-fly during the install. This means you only download what you need and you have every package availible right from the get-go, but then it takes about nine hours, and you don't have a working computer for that time because it's installing its own operating system!

I did a Debian net-install last, but I won't be doing it again, as I fear something may go wrong during, or after the installation, meaning I'll have to download everything again!

*downloads SUSE*

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