May 22, 2004
What I Learned Installing Linux (This Time)

Suse 9.1, thank you very much

  • The people who sell $15 "discount" distros on ebay need to fix their f---'ing burners!!!
  • Promise RAID? Wtf is promise RAID? Why'd you want to install it on that? Don't you know that's just a cheap way to make Windows Lusers' computers run faster? Yeah, no, that's not gonna work.
  • Linux doesn't know how to install to a Promise RAID array, but it does know how to shoot the windows XP install that lives there in the head as it goes by.
  • Make sure the RAID array is disconnected from the computer before trying to install Linux. Again.
  • The unintended consequence of upgrading from IDE RAID to SATA RAID is you're left with perfectly good drives you can install linux to.
  • The MBR is not your friend. Do not install anything on the MBR if you actually want to dual-boot your freakishly advanced hardware*.
  • Put the swap file after the data partition, not before. Putting it before triggers the dreaded "beep codes", that which Asus never included a guide for with the SK8N.
  • Scott's Luck Axiom # 14: When installing LInux, the very last module you'll need will be part of Disk 5.
  • Disk 5, of course, does not work.
  • Everyone who uses Linux at home eventually compiles software from source.
  • No distro I've ever used (including this one) ever installs all the widgets you need to compile from source by default.
  • Not all the widgets are needed by all the programs. This is so you will become much more familiar with your distro layout as you install widget 1 first, then widget 2 a half hour later, then widgets 3, 4, and 5 an hour after that, etc.
  • Several important widgets will, of course, be on disk 5.
  • When SUSE 9.1 installs a sound card, it helpfully sets all inputs to MUTE. This is to ensure you get up to your elbows in the sound system just to throw a stupid switch
  • Just because Mac OS X is a cousin of Linux, and porting iTunes to WIndows was three times as hard, do not expect iTunes to be available for Linux.
  • There are a large number of internet radio stations that you don't need iTunes to listen to.
  • Most use WIndows Media Player.

And this is what I do for fun.

* Athlon 64 FX-53, ATI Radeon 9800 XP, Asus SK8N w/ Nvidia nforce2, 2 80 GB SATA 7200 RPM 8 MB cache (ridiculously cheap for the performance) in Promise RAID-0 array, 512 MB ECC Registered High Performance memory (not cheap... will be 1 GB soon). Fast enough for ya?

Posted by scott at May 22, 2004 03:58 PM

eMail this entry!

Of course it's fun.

If it was work, the boss would be screaming at you to simultaneously get the users online, put your hours for last week into the time-accounting system, and for gosh sake, do something about that awful beeping that is coming out of the UPS in the corner of the machine room.

Posted by: homebru on May 23, 2004 12:35 PM

Hmmm, you got twice the disk space, I got twice the memory. Other than that, we tie.

Plays solitaire reeeeeel good.

And Il-2 on 'perfect' too...

Posted by: John of Argghhh! on May 24, 2004 07:20 AM
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