I was recommended Slackware on this thread: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3&goto=newpost
where I detailed my disappointment with a lot of other Linux distros. As far I see it at the moment, you can either install a Linux distro and it works perfectly but for a few minor issues every now and then, or you can be Baryonic Being.
When I say that every Linux distro I touch goes wrong, I mean it. Here's what happened with Slackware:
I partitioned up my disk as I wanted it and then I booted from the first Slackware CD. After meticulously going through all the initial setup procedures, I came to my first problem with the 'selecting installation source' process. It seemed that my CD-ROM drive could not be detected by the installation, despite my having passed specific commands to the kernel when I booted. Eventually, I had to force it to accept that /dev/hdc was my CD drive.
About half-way through CD 1 package installation I received an error that went something like 'a fatal error occurred when trying to install the package autoconf-2.57-noarch-1.tgz. You can press Enter to continue anyway, but this is an essential package and it may mean your Slackware installation does not work properly'. I chose to continue, and then the time came to insert CD 2. I did this, and this was when I discovered that CD 2 - for some strangely inexplicable reason - is invalid, or corrupt, or otherwise inaccessible for whatever reason.
I made these CDs some months ago along with several others, and I swear I checked them at the time. Besides, all the other CDs in the collection were fine; obviously Slackware Disc Two was the only one that didn't work.
Trying to stay calm, I reasoned that I could always install these packages later, so I selected to 'Quit'. Then another dialog box came up asking me to insert my 'installation bootdisk' into drive A. After checking back to the guide that I was recommended to use (http://www.bitbenderforums.com/vb22/...?postid=311808
) I found that no mention of installation bootdisks was made, and besides, I don't have a working floppy drive in my computer anyway. (Yes, even my floppy drives go wrong). So I pressed Enter anyway, and I waited an waited, and I tried pressing Escape and so on, and nothing happened for a long time, so I had to reboot from another console.
So now I don't know whether my installation is complete, or usable, or anything, and I am thoroughly upset. I would appreciate some words of comfort, and if you can bare to see me fail again, perhaps you would give me some advice on fixing the problem. Thankfully my other operating systems have remained as they were.