Merced - and the ol' Unix story (was Re: OT, but info needed: RAM uprade)

From: Doug <>
Date: Sat Jan 16 05:36:13 1999

On Sat, 16 Jan 1999, Tim Hotze wrote:

> In short, this is no easy task for most "users". Linux is WAY
> easier to install. And faster to install.

Oy. I just spent the last five hours trying to install Red Hat 5.2. It
turns out that the "stable" kernel Red Hat ships doesn't support my
weird-ass 2048-byte-per-sector SCSI disk. But the latest unstable kernel
does, so I just downloaded a 12MB tar file, configured the kernel (2.1 has
a zillion config options), will let the damn thing build while I sleep,
and I'll build a new boot floppy tomorrow....

But am I complaining? No. If I had hardware MS didn't support, I'd
simply be SOL. With Linux, I can hack it, or discover that somebody
already hacked it for me. Source is a Very Good Thing.

ObCC: Around 1980 or so, I knew somebody with a license plate that said
"Unix: Live Free or Die". Was this issued by Bell Labs? And who has one
they'd like to sell?

Doug (the artist formerly known as Yowza)
Blinkenlights Archeological Institute, Dusty Deck Division
Received on Sat Jan 16 1999 - 05:36:13 GMT

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