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?