Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Linux (again, again...)

Downloaded the Fedora 9 Beta over the weekend in all its 3.7GB worth of DVD ISO loveliness. Thought twice about it but then saw the "Fedora 9 released in 25 days" (or whatever it said) banner and thought "well, if they're only 25 days away it must be pretty good".


Basically, it wouldn't install. The first few times I tried to configure it to UK settings (clock, keyboard, etc.) but eventually gave up and let it run through on defaults. Every time I tried to manually partition my disks the installer would through an exception.

Eventually I did get it to install fully by simply letting it run through using the default options. Great - at least I could configure it all post-installation.


Grub couldn't see my installation. Now, bearing in mind I installed it on dedicated hardware (no VM nonsense here) I would have thought it would have flown through. Bizarrely, after a quick Google around, it seemed the issue was with my SATA drives.

Surely Fedora knows about SATA drives by now? They're not that new are they?

Anyway, gave up on it (I don't have much time/patience these days) and downloaded Fedora 8 instead. This installed a treat, until it rebooted and wanted to take me through the post-install configuration.

Then the keyboard and mouse (both PS/2) gave up responding.


Another Google and a quick "reset to safe defaults" in the BIOS and the mouse and keyboard sprang back to life but it was too late, I was bored by then so I powered the machine down and shoved it back in the spare room where it's in the queue of things-to-go-on-eBay.

What utter nonsense. I've always been a fan of Linux but I think I'm more a fan of the thought of Linux rather than the product itself. I'll probably have a go at installing FC8 and FC9 into VMs at some point but it's down the priority list now.