My Linux installation adventure

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  1. Mark Harris

    Mark Harris New Member

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    Total duration: 11 days
    Thursday 27 February
    Download iso for Ubuntu 64 bit v. 13.10
    Friday 28 February
    Buy DVDRW disks
    Attempt to create Windows rescue disk
    Discover internal DVD drive on laptop is not functional
    Sunday 2 March, 12 midnight
    Confusion over wifi provider's billing cycle results in blocked access to internet
    Tuesday 4 March
    Pay wifi provider current + next month in advance
    Trip to the local computer shop, buy external DVD drive (USB)
    create Windows rescue disk
    Decided to use the whole drive for Linux, so that was unneccesary
    burn iso to DVD
    success
    Discovered that the laptop will not boot from external DVD, although it is selected in Boot menu
    Return to computer store for 8gb memory stick for alternative installation
    Tuesday 4 March, evening
    wifi provider shuts down regional internet for maintenance. They have a history.
    wifi provider finally recognizes payment, removes blocked access, but too late (see above)
    created perl script using LWP and URI to attempt to connect on 10 minute cycle
    prints error message on failure, success on connection
    Wednesday 5 March
    scream at wifi provider's customer service. Somewhat satisfying but ineffective
    running monitor perl script until success
    ...waiting for connectivity
    Friday 7 March
    connectivity restored at 2014-03-07 10:37:40
    The actual installation of 13.10 from memory stick was fairly painless.

    I hit a little bump configuring mySql, but I was able to resolve it.


    I assume this narrative might amuse some.
  2. Virneto

    Virneto Member

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    Not at all ;)

    but what I see is a 2 step installation:

    1 - "Thursday 27 February - Download iso for Ubuntu 64 bit v. 13.10";

    2 - "Friday 7 March - connectivity restored- The actual installation of 13.10 from memory stick was fairly painless.";

    So, why would the windows rescue, laptop discoveries, network issues, etc. be part of your Linux installation adventure?

    was it your first installation?
    :)
  3. Mark Harris

    Mark Harris New Member

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    Well, yes, only 2 actual steps, interrupted by the rest of the narrative.

    No, I had installed Ubuntu 11.04 last year, but the keyboard on my laptop went dead, and when it came back from the service department Windows 7 had been reinstalled. The 11.04 install was a nightmare, hardware incompatiblities. I much prefer programming Perl in a Linux environment.
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  4. Virneto

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    I bet you'll love the kick of trying other distros!

    pretty much all of them are friendly environments for programmers.
    That's one of the reasons I love "the penguim"!!

    have fun!!;)
  5. MikeyD

    MikeyD Active Member

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    Sounds like you may needs a new ISP :eek:

    It sounds like you're knowledgeable enough that I'm with @Virneto you should give some other distros a try I love CentOS for network admin and programming/scripting because its RHEL compatible, comes out of the box (or usb) with most essential compilers/build tools like build-essential, gcc, g++, etc. and it incredibly stable.

    The first 1-2 years I used Linux I was distro-hopping monthly/weekly and just backed up the stuff I cared about (mostly source code and school work) to an external HDD, but its all personal preference.

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