[Novalug] Where is Linux today?
novalugml at jgcomp.com
Wed Jun 18 00:21:13 EDT 2008
On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 08:04:15PM -0400, Jay Hart wrote:
> I've been installing Linux since the days of floppy disk sets.
> While it is easier to install now than it was back then, (mostly because one
> bad FD would screw you) it still is painful.
> For example, when I tried to install Suse 10.3 on my box for the first time, I
> did not do a "default install" (meaning just installing whatever packages had
> been marked for install) as I tried to actually remove and add packages during
> package selection. The result was a totally broken system, the root and user
> modules failed, meaning I had no users on the system, not could I add them
> after a reboot. The type of packages I would mark as "don't install" for
> example would be the development group.
> I'm sorry, THAT CRAP shouldn't ever happen. Adding and removing packages to
> me is a very BASIC step during installation, else why would you NOT have all
> packages marked for install. Its so you have choices...
> So, not sure why you mention "selective amnesia", but you are free to elaborate.
> > On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 02:10:51PM -0400, Jay Hart wrote:
> >> > As to install fests, maybe the installer software has gotten to a
> >> > point that they are not so necessary for the typical geek and the
> >> > typical linux "customer" is no longer one who will install an OS
> >> > themselves, but will pay a consultant to install and maintain the system.
> >> >
> >> I have to call BS on this one,
> > I suspect this means you did not attempt to install linux
> > several years ago, or you have selective amnesia ;)
> > jl
But Jay, I suggested that install fests may no longer be
necessary for the typical geek. Few on this list would
refer to you as a typical geek ;)
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