Thursday, December 25, 2003

The linux

The computer is working so hard that it is overheated. I have decided to put it into the fridge for 2 minutes to cool it

down and it start working again. :-(

episode 1: Linux hunt
Search within recommendations and reviews to find out a linux that suit for me. (I felled into an older version of red-hat

linux and even go into the installation program, and I was not satified, so I stop installing that and download another

one.)
episode 2:The Download.
3 hours, to make the computer eat the 3 CD-images up and make sure they are correctly downloaded.

episode 3: Headache 1: Free up the hard drive. use nero 6 to draw non-linux-CD-images and files out of the harddisk.

episode 4: Wait and lose:
burn images of 3 linux installation discs, again 3 hours to check the burned media is alright.
Thanks to the media check of linux, it confirmed the discs are okay before I do any installation.

episode 5:Headache again:
I have been a headache to free up space in the harddisk and read the release notes to see what should I do before I do any

pre-linux operation like partitioning.

Fedora linux 1 have its boot manager, so no need to seek a third party boot manager. (I seek a bootmanager, after the

installation of linux, I realize that there has a boot manager built in already in the linux.)

episode 6: Wait again:
I used partition magic 8 to resize ntfs, and created a 3-GigaByte linux-ext3 parition. (3-Gb is not enough, recommand 3.5gb

or more is recommended, but I can resize it later by paritition magic)

A bad thing is, Linux-ext3, Linux-ext2, Linux-swap formats are not readable in Windows, while ntfs, fat32 are not readable

in Linux. The remaining partitioning alternative is fat16 which is readable by linux, however, fat16 partition that larger

than 2GigaByte is unreadable other than windows XP and 2000.

after resizing the partition, the drive is more fragmented. I use speeddisk to defragment it. 6 hours

episode 7:Wait #3:
after 1 hour dancing with the installation program (it ask me where to install, where to boot and introduce a new linux-

ext3 file system to me)

episode 8:1st time explore
Looks like windows, but the keyboard shortcut are so different. instead of control panel. I have been thinking a lot to

adapt the system.

episode 9:give me my wireless internet!! NOW!!
I cannot do any wireless through Linux. so I go back to windows search and search for the driver, and I found lots of

message boards say my belkin 54g wireless card cannot run on linux because there are no driver for linux and belkin do not

provide any support on this.

episode 10:hey! got it!! got it??
Finally, it spend me 4 hours to find a working solution on the internet but it suggest me to do lot of advanced steps that

I may not able to handle. The instructions requires me to insert some code into the source code to fix some bug before I

can do anything on the wireless card's driver. (*TIRED*)
And additional 2 hours to find software that can read linux-ext3 through windows and a rpm(a installation package) to view

the ntfs in read-only mode.

And I registered a linux-related message board to contribute some ideas about the wireless card.
Will they work? Then I go back to linux with my floppy disc that full of drivers.

episode 11:The try.
During 2-day stuggle, I still cannot make my network card working using project ndiswrapper.
I still cannot make my linux use windows application with wine. Because both of them are in "alpha" development, which

means their solution are "dirty". I have to modify the codes by their instructions, but the instructions are not clear at

all. I will report those mistakes in their websites. I have tried reactOS, but nothing changed after the installation.

Also, because my network card not working (only light of the card is on after the ndiswrapper installation.) I cannot

update my Fedora Core 1 with a new Fedore Core 1 service pack release number 1. I will use windows until the wine and

nidiswrapper have a new improvement, that means I have to wait a month. I don't invest such a time investment again (7 days

total for a working linux) but I will try every month for maximum 2 hours to see whether their new solutions are working or

not.

episode 12:Ridiculous
After 2 days, I read the message board and kept on trying. And I found out I need to remove the Belkin card and reinsert it

in order to get the card online.
And finally wine is working with ICQ 2003a, however, it is real slow and wine occupies lots of memory and it lead to the

linux become unstable.
The only parts left the get linux drivers are my largan digital camera and the "PQI usb1.3 6in1 multslot flash card reader

".

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