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I found this old post, and its funny in light of my other thread. I still hate most of the distros, but for different reasons now.


http://otfans.net/threads/83325-The-...326&viewfull=1

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The Gentoo Linux team owes me dvd!


I just can't understand how a community that prides itself on having the "most stable" operating system around can produce such crappy installers...

And I'm not just talking about Gentoo, you can add SuSe, Ubuntu(twice!), and Fedora to the list of distros that release faulty installers.

Basically what happens is I boot the dvd, load the live cd, and spend 30 minutes to an hour browsing the forums looking for a way to get it to install before throwing my precious dvds out.(I just don't understand why they don't just create an install cd, like Microsoft does) I have yet to find a live cd that just works like it is supposed to, and with every distro there is a different problem:

Fedora 4 (I know its old, but when I did it it was new):
Everything runs decent, resolution is 640x480 but its managable, but it just wouldn't partition. I spend 30-40 minutes trying different installation options before it would partition.

Ubuntu 7.04:
Again it runs decent, although still 640x480, but when I get to the set date portion of the installer if I change it from it's default settings and press next it will lock up. I also had to re-download and burn a different version(still 7.04 but the live cd)

OpenSuse(can't remember the version):
This one didn't even boot properly so I couldn't even get to the installer.

Gentoo 2007.0Just today)
First of all, it runs like I have 32mb of ram. I checked and it says its using up 330mb of my 1gb ram and the cpu usage is minimal. Both the Gtk+ and command line installers don't work. They will both just close after 1 or 2 screens, WITHOUT any error messages or reasons. The Gtk+ one closes after I hit next on the FIRST screen, while the command line gets to the partitioner before it closes.

All in all I think I have wasted 7 DVD-Rs and 3 CDs trying to get this "exceptionally stable" operating system onto my computer.(I did manage to get Ubuntu on, and its still there, but I don't like it and wanted to switch to Gentoo.

Does anybody know where I might find a working copy of Gentoo 2006.1, preferably not a live cd, since I'm not the only one that thinks that 2007.0 is a load of garbage.


Edit: Well I'm not too upset about it now. Somehow I managed to ruin both Ubuntu and XP. I won't go into details but I highly recommend staying away from LiteStep, it deleted my shell :'(
So I couldn't find my Ubuntu disc so I decided to try my SuSe disc again, and guess what! It worked! No hacks required for native resolution. No installer issues. So as I'm typing this on my vanilla SuSe I can thank Novell for reducing my tally to 6 DVD-Rs and 3 CDs.

Go ahead, laugh. I am. What the hell was I thinking trying to install Gentoo? I think I was just pissed that it didn't come with a nice easy installer like Ubuntu did.

I still actually have most of these discs, and I'd bet if I installed them again they would work just fine.
    
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I remember reading that, was a good laugh
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LOL!

After that much trouble, I would start suspecting the rig of hardware issues. How long after that did the mobo die?
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LOL!

After that much trouble, I would start suspecting the rig of hardware issues. How long after that did the mobo die?
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IDK. I heard the old ones weren't too friendly. But I've never seen them myself.

PS:Error got yourself a fixed Chromium yet? Mine no longer lets me do that it just tells me to wait.
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I can't remember if that was on my main pc or my eMachines. If it was the eMachines the motherboard never died. It caught on fire once, but it never died (the CPU went first)
    
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aren't you still complaining about installers? or have you moved onto package managers this week?
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aren't you still complaining about installers? or have you moved onto package managers this week?
tarballs.
     
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I can't remember if that was on my main pc or my eMachines. If it was the eMachines the motherboard never died. It caught on fire once, but it never died (the CPU went first)
Sorry, but I'm afraid Linux is unable to support the spontaneous combustion feature of your motherboard. You'll need another operating system if you want to use this feature.
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aren't you still complaining about installers? or have you moved onto package managers this week?
Pretty much. Only now I actually know what the hell is going on. Before it was "I booted the cd and it didn't work. This distro sucks"

Oh wait... I still do that, sorry Slackware!
    
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