Well I was bored and annoyed at Vista. I tried to install it and had nothing but headaches. It came with my Compaq computer and is bundled with HP crap. So I un-installed everything except the basics (and Roxio) including un-installing all the HP stuff on it. Strangely enough it made Vista boot faster, which isn’t really saying a lot since it IS Vista, lol. Anyways it would not update correctly. I finally downloaded a program from MS, stand alone updater, that got me up to SP1 but no further. So after several hours of trying everything I could to get sp1 installed I just said the hell with it and…
I tried some other os’s. OpenSolaris, nothing but headaches though I do look forward to seeing where it goes. I think it has come far but it still has a ways to go yet. It finally installed for me when I realized it was a bit cranky and had to have the first partition of the drive. After that I had issues with sound and the bigger one with the network. It seemed to show what my card was, had the correct ip address, etc. But it would not connect. I tried to do it manually and the whole computer just shut off. I had to hit “e” at the grub menu so I could boot with the debug “-kv” I think it was. I got it to boot but still had the same problem with the internet. Then it just stopped working again and I said the hell with that one too, for now, lol.
Free-BSD installed fine, but that is about it. When it boots I get an error that says hit ctrl-D, etc. But then it freezes.
I tried PC-BSD but it is NOT linux, I was lost, lol. I am going to try it again in a couple of months when I redo my whole set up. I only had one problem that I saw and that was the sound not working right. Not a huge deal.
So now my set up on my computer is:
Suse 11.1 (My Main OS)- I am going to wait and install 11.2 rather then any of the milestones.
Ubuntu 9.04 - I did briefly try 9.10 but I decided to stay with this one and redo it all together when I install Suse 11.2
Fedora 11 - I think the last one I installed was 2 or 4? Should be fun to see what happened with it.
Mandriva 2009 - I briefly installed this a couple of times over the years but I never really kept it on too long. The last time I used this as my main OS it was still called Mandrake, and dammit I still keep saying that by accident at times.
Windows XP (Until I can get that **** Pinnacle card working. I will try that again soon.)
I have a total of three sata drives, sata-sda=320GB, sata-sdb=320GB, sata3-sdc=160GB. Suse has sata1 all to itself. But when Ubuntu 9.10 comes out and I do a clean install of Suse 11.2 they will both share that drive. I might split it into 4 primary partitions: swap, Suse /, Ubuntu / and storage. I might encrypt the storage partition as well.
sata2 has Fedora, Mandriva and Ubuntu on it now. After it will have Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSolaris and PC-BSD (Eventually for the last two.)
sata3 has 40GB for XP and the rest is a fat32 storage partition that I keep media files on, etc so I can share it with all the operating system I have installed.
So I would like to thank Microsoft and Vista. If they didn’t **** me off so much I wouldn’t have ended up having so much fun playing around with all of this, lol!