Personal suggestion for fixing the Linux situation
davidocoker at gmail.com
Fri Jul 16 15:50:09 CDT 2010
> Let me explain again. You take the most minimalist possible Linux. As
> little gui tools as possible. You take the distro that has the least
> possible tweaking of any applications. Then you try to find out: do
> virtual desktops work here? Are all fonts visible here? Does the editor
> crash here?
> If it works fine, you have learned something important. You know that it is
> something at a higher level than this that is causing the problem. So you
> start adding stuff, one thing at a time. Eventually you can tie it down.
> Or it may be that in Slackware, it just works. Then you know it is in other
> distro tweaks and customizations.
> This is not about what we use for goodness' sake! I don't use Slackware any
> more (though I would for servers). This is about systematically tying down
> what it is that is causing the problems, going through and eliminating
> possible causes one after the other.
> I don't mind the command line and editing text files at all, but its not
> something that I want to do in my regular working system. But there is no
> other way of getting as close to bare metal as you can, and there is no
> other way of eliminating most of the possible sources of the problems than
> getting down to bare metal.
Oh, I understood what you are attempting completely before commenting...
I was just tossing out a few good natured jabs based on past personal
experiences and the impending "fun" you are setting up for. It's been
a long time since I've used the shell for much of anything important,
much less actually attempting to bootstrap a distro up from scratch
Haven't gone down that path since around version 7 or maybe 8 of the
old Mandrake offerings and I'm happy to say so. :)
I did finally get around to wiping the drive on my laptop and
installing the latest Ubuntu last evening. Maybe I can get back in the
swing and be of some sort of help eventually.
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