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update from konqueror 3.1.4

So I re-installed Linux. Things didn't really go as planned... I wanted to upgrade SuSE 7.2 to 9.0 with no problems, but the update didn't quite work correctly because there was a kernel issue that prevented my sound modules from loading and I couldn't mount my windows partition. When I ran the web update, it screwed up the whole system so terribly that I couldn't get to anything or even repair the system so I had to just format and install from scratch. I didn't lose my data or anything, it's all on my other partition, but at least my sound works now and everything is smooth. KDE 3 is very pretty... I'll have to get some screenshots up later. My screensaver works, that's new and weird, I never could get it to turn on before. Need to test out fonts, that was always an issue, and burn a CD... there's software to do that here, real software, not some 0.X xcdroast downloaded on a whim. I'm not the best Linux user but I will say that every year it feels like Linux gets closer to working for me more that I get closer to working for Linux.

Oh, and for some strange reason my boot loader is running off my hard drive now. How revolutionary! Me and like four geeks couldn't get LILO running from anywhere but a floppy disc two years ago. The weirdest stuff goes on when you re-install.

Recent days have been pretty productive. I'm trying to quit spending money. It just flows out around the holidays so easily, you know? I kept going shopping and just buying whatever. Bad habit.

Was supposed to go to a friend's house last night to watch the K-State game but felt antisocial so I laid around here and watched it. Bummer of a game anyway. I'm kinda glad I wasn't hanging out with a bunch of K-Staters watching that one, they were really disapointing.

[edit] yes, every font in the world works! go x.


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Jan. 3rd, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
Other than up-time
Operating system re-installation should be on the prime consideration list for operating system and application developers. So far, there have only been two options: 1) Fresh Install -- install to a clean system disk and install all applications as originally, and 2) Upgrade -- install on current system, searching and adjusting for new code but maintaining the old configuration and data as applicable.

How about a Fresh Install Upgrade? One where the system disk is cleared but it then seeks out configuration and data files for previously installed applications. The old box would benefit by all the upgrades of the new kernel and file-system changes, yet allow for keeping configuration changes as well as they could apply. I do not see that as much more complicated as an upgrade. It seems like it would not have to clean out as much old code. It just seems like a bit better option than one that places a new configuration file in the directory and renames the old one and leaves all unused or unchanged configuration files in the system.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 10:53 am (UTC)
Re: Other than up-time
What I really would have liked would have been to pick what I wanted to keep, like my mozilla bookmarks and network settings, but dump everything else. The "upgrade" option kept way too much... I mean, it upgraded me to KDE3 but left all my KDE2 shortcuts, many that didn't work anymore, there. Stuff like that.

Oh, and it didn't work, that's the other thing I didn't like about the update.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Other than up-time
Mac OS X does that. It's called "Archive and Install." It basically renames your old System install to "Previous System 1" and installs a clean copy of the OS. It then re-instates all of your user Preferences and so forth, and your Applications all stay. It's pretty nice, really.
Jan. 3rd, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're all up and running again! I just did the same changing my box from RH8.0 to Fedora Core 1 - although for me the upgrade worked fine.

I remember trying to install RH6.0 many years ago. Compared to that, most of the installers these days are pretty slick...
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