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Gentoo install
I decided to reinstall Gentoo this weekend. I was having some issues getting some things working, and I figured it was probably because I had only done scattered updates over the past few months. I decided a reinstall would be a good thing - it would give me a nice, fresh system.

So, I asked nugget to download and burn a cd for me. The last time I'd tried to burn from Linux, it hadn't worked well. I had him downloading one of the live cds, and it felt (to me) like it was taking forever, so I grabbed the Universal CD in about 5 min. I burned it, and it actually worked quite well. Booted, and got ready to go. The cd gave a graphical screen as it booted, but said "Hit F2 for verbose mode." I hit F2, of course. It finishes booting, and I bicker for a bit about the qwerty keyboard layout. I then discover that I can change the layout. Poof, that's done, and on to the work. I already had partitions, but I wanted to reformat most of them so I'd have a nice clean install (the last few times I did this, I just untarred a stage 3 tarball over everything. It worked well enough at the time, but they're not making athlon-tbird stage 3 tarballs anymore, it seems). So, the partitions were reformatted, and I mounted them, and continued with the install. It took time, as a Gentoo install will, but it seemed to go well. I configured things, compiled a kernel, and got ready for a reboot.

On my first attempt to reboot, the boot hung at a usb.c probe for iforce devices. I wanted that for my wheel, but it's not plugged in right now. I recompiled the kernel with the USB HID devices as modules, and after some tweaking, that compiled.

Now the kernel panics - it thinks it can't find root. I have root specified as /dev/hde5 in my grub.conf, which is correct, and I have the filesystem in the kernel, but it wouldn't boot. I asked on the gentoo IRC channel - no help. I asked on the forums, and when there wasn't a reply after a few hours, I grew impatient and started a reinstall. Now, there's a reply, but I can't try that yet... probably not for another 4 or 5 hours (I'm bootstrapping now, and it hasnt even started on glibc). We'll see how everything turns out.

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated

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pasketti From: pasketti Date: April 4th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been running Gentoo for awhile now as my server box.

A few months back, I decided to give it a whirl as my desktop machine.

After about 2 months, I came to the conclusion that Linux is not QUITE ready for prime time on the desktop. It was just more of a struggle than it needed to be to get everything working. All kinds of little things. Getting cups configured to print. Getting my USB mouse to work. Getting X to send the video signal out the CRT port rather than the LCD port on the back of my video card. Getting it to recognize the USB compact flash reader without rebooting. Getting sound to work. Stuff like that.

So I went back to Windows for a little while. I'll probably give it another try in a few more months - I understand the 2.6 kernel helps out with a lot of that stuff.
quelrod From: quelrod Date: April 4th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
well there ya go cups is a joke to begin w/ and shouldn't be used :)
also 2.6 broke lots of sound cards, 2.6 is gonna be just like 2.4 it won't really be ready for prime time use until abt .10

i road 2.4 from 2.4.0 all the way to 2.4.25, on my system the athlon bug and other stability issues were fixed around 2.4.14 until they rewrote the scheduler and broke a few release...2.4.22 - 2.4.25 have broken aacraid drivers (great fun for the servers at work) Overall i'm unimpressed with the quality that comes w/ the linux kernel, or lack of it. Everything i own is *bsd now.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: April 5th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
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