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The fork

Posted 10-07-2012 at 07:30 AM by Thor_2.0
Updated 10-07-2012 at 03:48 PM by Thor_2.0

hey there,
It's been ages since I posted something here, but, my view is that if and when someone posts anything, it'd better be worth posting. Do not waste anyone's time with drivel...so, I'm not about to waste your time...

The word anyone out there is scared of:

crash

...there, I scared you. Had one just this weekend. Arch update. Somehow the kernel didn't compile, somehow glibc didn't want to update, somehow some manual intervention had to be made...
Let's face it, for all its money, Arch is a great OS to have. But it needs a lot of "support" in the form of manual interventions, bed time stories and the odd therapy session. Takes me back to the days when Linux was exclusively "from scratch", no installers, no scripts, just untar and get to it.
So, I dashed of to the store to get me a new SATA drive, at E80, it wasn't a steal. That way, I can keep my data on the old drive somewhat safe. Eh, so what, now I've got 500Gb instead of 250Gb, so it is a win.

Install...Arch. No f**kin' way....

Where the old(er) install media had an install frame (some nCurses based thing, at least SOMETHING to hold on to) the new one has...nothing. The user has to enter commands from the command line. Pro: it's very lean, YOU tell the install where things have to go, You're in charge. Con: a quick re-install at crunch time...4get it.

I got beyond the partitioning, and got the pac-thingie to get all packages downloaded and installed, but didn't find anything back on the hard drive.
Let's face it...Arch is great, and extremely educational. But...not for public use. Don't get me wrong, Arch is in the end where all of us could (COULD, not SHOULD) end up anyway. I for one fail to see the "bleeding edge" here...

So, here's the fork, in the road. What to take next?
Arch will return (but...I will not return to the community), after I've tested it in full on a redundant system, one I can afford to see...

crash

(there, I scared you again )
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