September 29, 2004
Goodbye Woody, hello Sarge
So far, so futile. :-(
Plan A was to install Debian 3.0 r2 (Woody). The install process dies on the first reboot:
Aiee, killing interrupt handler!
In interrupt handler - not syncing.
I don't appear to be the only one with this issue - it appears that roadwarrior's hardware isn't compatable with Woody.
I know all the hardware can be made to work with Linux, though - Knoppix 3.6 drives everything fine. So, Plan B was to install from Knoppix, but that didn't work either:
Error: Formatting of failed.
I'm not alone in having this problem, either, but I don't have a scooby what to do about it.
Now, I'm sure that if I were a Linux guru, I'b be pulling working bits out of Knoppix and stuffing them into Woody, but frankly, I wouldn't know where to start. So, Plan C is to grab Sarge and see how far I get with that.
Posted to Linux by Simon Brunning at September 29, 2004 10:47 AM
What a hassle.
Q: Why those versions of Unix in particular?
Debian has been consistently recommended to me both face-to-face and online - see http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/archives/001569.html for instance. I think that the real problem there was that I was being such a wuss and getting the (two year old) stable version rather than the testing version, which is reputedly as stable as other people's test versions.
Knoppix because I aready had it, and cos it just *works*. It's like black magic - wack in the CD, boot, and it picks up *all* your hardware. Give it a try - is won't touch your hard disk unless you go a long way out of your way to tell it to, so your existing Windows installation will be quite safe.
I've used debian fairly extensively as the company we host with builds debian boxes, and they are really nice generally speaking. However personally I wouldn't want to install debian :-)
I used SuSE at home as my desktop PC for about three years and so if I was going to install anything I would install that.
Simon, your three step plan to Debian delight;
1. Boot with a Knoppix Live CD
2. Turn it into a hard drive installation
3. sudo apt-get update; apt-get upgrade
Bob will then be your Aunty's live in lover.
p.s. Knoppix *is* Debian, hence the simplicity of my cunning plan. All it add to a bog standard version of Debian is the live CD and hardware detection wizadry.
I tried that. Phase two went a bit Pete Tong - see above. :-(
Still, I don't want to tempt fate, but Sarge seems to be installing well. It's getting all the packages via HTTP, though, so it's taking a *looooooong* time.
I still must highly recommend the new debian-installer at http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . I think it's easier than the various knoppix solutions discussed. I typically start with a "minimal" installation and then add packages as needed.
I'm having real trouble with knoppix, has anyone managed to install it yet?