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this is my 3rd time installing this distro from the very same 2 exact cd's. machines 1 and 2, which were built @ 2-3 years ago, acted very similar. this one however is another story. i've just completely reinstalled linux to see if i missed something on the first try after noticing some missing components and having great difficulty with some relatively simple things. some examples: i don't have a graphic durring boot. i did on the other two machines, but not this one. the build interface gave me the option which i chose, but it's not there. also, i don't have a compiler. yep, no frickin compiler, nor can i seem to get one because i don't have any dependancies for one. the first two machines i put this very same distro on gave me an option to install developer packages, which included gcc and several other compilers, and c++ environments, java environments, all kinds of stuff. No such option here, nothing to do with development. I'm sitting at a dumb terminal.
Is this varience in package options and settings common? I mean, when installing Windows i can pretty much expect the same options and the same basic environment. A windows installment is pretty statically reliable at start. There's a cost to that but the cost here is i can't install much or upgrade or do much of anything without a frickin compiler!
Mandrake. I don't remember all the specs on those older machines. This machine is certainly newer but i don't know by how much, it's not mine. This one has a Pentium 4. sdram of course. I think my laptop, was one of the other machines i put this distro on, was a Pent 4 too. ram the same. All three were Dell built. My Desktop was a Dimension and so is this thing i'm on now.
just never had the problems i'm having. on the first two there we're subtle unimportant differences. like i can live without a splash screen kinda thing. but i can't go on without a compiler.
just out of habbit i accidently typed cpp the way i was trained. i was taught to program for windows on windows. and it got hung up. i thought it was donna do something. but it just froze. i almost jumped up and yelled "i do have a god damn compiler!"
Last edited by matt kramer; 07-26-2006 at 01:21 AM.
i haven't tried mandrake but maybe i will one day... but back to the subject does X start or does it just leave you at a terminal, (<- if this type kdm for kde or startx) or is it just the compiler?
sorry for the long delay i had some problems on my comp that required fixing