On Sun, Dec 15, 2002 at 06:15:54PM +0000, Fergal Daly mentioned:
> Whenever I read a glowing review of Redhat or Mandrake and how smoothly
> everything works I am always a bit bemused because whenever I install either
> of them I end up swearing uncontrollably within about 5 minutes (I guess I'd
> have similar reaction to other distros if I tried them).
Everything distro has it's bad days. You can't test on everything.
I have to say, I've just had a very bad experience upgrading my home
machine from 6.9.5 to 8.0 last week.
The machine is a dual-celeron 400 with six gigs of disk space. There was
a gig free when the upgrade started, so I thought it was fine. However,
when I rebooted after the install, I learned that the installer had
actually run out of space, and just aborted the package install, setup
lilo with the new kernel and rebooted.
Apparently the first thing redhat does now is copy CD1 onto your hard
disk, before the install starts. Not something you should do with a gig of
space free, considering the amount of extra muck that gets installed now
with a simple upgrade.
So, I started the machine with loads of packages missing. I had to
install apt from apt.freshrpms.net to get it to fix my machine. Took about
30 mins of my ISDN line's time. We were not amused. All I really wanted
was a recent version of galeon, and I got a lot of hassle :(
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