I had this computer running well. However running well is an overstatement because none of the unix documentation makes any sense to me. I fumbled through HOURS, tens, maybe even hundreds to get this computer going, all because I needed a linux workstation for using seismic analysis tools, none of which I could ever quite get running.
Then, openSUSE came up with this version 11.4 update and like a squid, I allowed the update to proceed. My computer was lobotomized, and it never booted again, except with a filesystem “file not found” failure message. Because I was working 14 - 16 hours each day for nearly a YEAR, and today is my first day off, I tried to resurrect the computer.
I tried something called GRUB and it only made things worse. So, I tried burning a version 12.3 install disc. I waited two hours for it to download on my nicely functioning Windows 8 computer. However it won’t load: Instead, GRUB just blows through and tries to load what’s on the old hard drives.
Mammit, I’m supposed to be a PhD student and I can’t figure this thing out!! Heck - I’m looking aimlessly through the documentation and ****ed if I can find any solutions. I still can’t find any comprehensible documentation on how things work.
Either I am STUPID, or else Linux has made me stupid. I should just chuck the whole thing into the trash at the landfill, quit my university program, get a divorce, load a change of clothes into a bag, and disappear out west, find a hole in the ground, and pump gasoline at some lonely gas station for food money for the rest of my life. I’m BEYOND sick of this! Top it all off, no one 'round here seems to know enough to help other than to tell me to rip the hard drives out, reformat them with my Windows 8 computer, and start over. Only THAT removes all of my seismic software, my programs and files, my video drivers, and … and… ARGH!!! Isn’t there a way to fix this ****ed thing without blowing all my hard work away? For crying out loud, one day it works, the next day it’s dead and forcing my ignorance and STUPIDITY back into my face!! I don’t have TIME to go to college AND become a linux systems expert at the same time… or is that the requirement for success?? I’ve not even gotten time to learn the stuff I need to learn, like perl / python, R scripting, etcetera, all because I have to stuff around with tinkering on this operating system. Is it ALWAYS going to be like this with Linux / openSUSE?