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Old 11-26-2002, 06:27 AM   #1
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A general question, don't know what to do now.


Hello there.
I have been using SuSE linux 7.3 for about 10 months. I wasn't quite happy with this because of hangs that I had when I would switch from X to a console or at shut down. Thats why I decided to give debian knoppix a go. The migration didn't went as smoothly as I had hoped. That would explain the manny posts I did the last few dayes on this site. Yesterday I got I to big trouble, I couldend boot properly any more. And I don't think this was because I did something wrong. I got that fixed but for some reason X won't start up any more.
No suppose I get X working again. What are the garanties that this won't happen again? Why sould I spent so much time and efford in to something that could get broken again? I could re-install knoppix, but if I don't know that went wrong, this could happen again and that would be a nother week of hard work gone down the drain.
No I really want to use linux and i'm not about to give up. But what the hell should I do? Try yet a nother distro?
 
Old 11-26-2002, 07:19 AM   #2
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Guarantee is proportional to a user awareness and experience, so it is impossible to give you a solid number.
As for re-install, giving up, etc this is a privelege of another "bulky" code known as win* ftrom a company called Microsoft Corp. We'll try to help you, but we need some help from you first, what are the specs of the machine you desperately want to run *NIX? What is thevideo hardware, processor and memory numbers?
 
Old 11-26-2002, 07:38 AM   #3
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The system specs are nothing out of the ordinary

- CPU AMB duron 900 MHz
- mobo asus (don't know exact specs)
- HD 60 GB 5400 rpm
- mem 190 MB
- video nVidia gforce 4 mx
- sound advance logic als4000
- ethernet SOHOware nub110 usb ethernet adaper
- modem 56 k intern hardware modem

thats it. Any way, It's not a paticular problem that i'm naging about, it's just that for the last couple of months, I had'nt had a stable good linux system. I don't understand this. I mean nasa finds linux stable enough to load it on there space crafts but I can't get it run run right on my system. Am I stupid or do I just have bad luck picking bad distro's.
I'm just frustrated a little, thats all. I will not give up that easely.
The problem that I have now is that I don't know if I should re-install my current distro and hope for the best, or that I should get another one.
 
Old 11-26-2002, 08:18 AM   #4
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One way to improve stability and general performance of the box is to take it to its heart - kernel. Most of the distros that come nowadays are preloaded with a "universal kernel" - most of them are not well suited for your hardware. The only distro I know that requires you compile your own kernel during installation phase is gentoo, and of course your own wrapped up distro using LFS (for more details refer to http://www.linuxfromscratch.org ), so in my situation whenever I install the system first thing I do is recompiling the kernel or compiling a new stable release if the version of the shipped kernel is outdated. Another technique I use is during installation phase I install a bare minimum for the system to run, and if there is a chance to compile the needed software from source I take a chance. Knoppix is designed to run from a CD-ROM (not writable media) and it loads into the system's memory, hence it is a bit limited on what it can accomplish - like recompiling your own kernel and such...
It takes a while to polish your system for your needs, so if you are impatient or don't-want-to-take-risk-touching-anything type of person it'd be hard to get the prize.
 
Old 11-26-2002, 08:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice neo77777. I thinks i'll give plain debian a try. I'll do as you said and install a minumim amount of software and install everthing later to my needs.
I want to try debian because I think (again, think...) it forces you to be more involved with the installation proces so you can get to know you system a bit better.
 
Old 11-26-2002, 09:30 AM   #6
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Yeah, exactly - debian forces you to install only things you need, you don't just blindly put checkmarks accross the names of the packages; I'd say Slackware installation even though it is a bit different but it follows the same direction - you can describe your installation as expert and you'd be prompted with lists of packages from different categories that you decide on installing or not. Try debian, see where it gets you. I am sure there are plenty of Debian experienced members here who can assist you with setup and configuration.
 
  


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