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Australia Day [Jan. 26th, 2006|09:15 am]
Bob Bain
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On computer matters I removed Fedora Core 4 from my old machine and replaced it with an "easy to install" version of Debian ("Sarge"). It has installed Debian but has ignored the prompt to select the packages I wished to install and failed completely to install X Windows Gnome or KDE. So I have a command line prompt and no X-Windows.

Is there a Linux distribution that actually works out of the box ? Heavens guys you've been at this for years and despite the fact I am working with old hardware your installations are seemingly computer user illiterate ! Fedora Core 4 comes with a seemingly nice DVD player but it refuses to recognise a DVD and if you log on as root it moans about the configuration.

I was impressed that Debian seemingly grabbed new versions of some packages over the Internet and even compiled them on the spot.

Who knows if I probe around enough on the net I can possibly discover how to get X Windows and other packages running. It has been suggested that if it fails at attempt one then keep going until I hit the "right" buttons (sigh).

Of course I could try Mandrake Linux..... OR Windows 2000 !

Centrelink rang me last Saturday. I have an appointment with them tomorrow. I had an interview for a contract yesterday morning.

Who knows ?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-27 06:09 am (UTC)
Ubuntu run for me without without probs, apache a few headaches, mainly due to the different way they handle permissions.

Debian seems to believe their main users want no bar of all this GUI stuff and so you have to install it separately.

My experience so far is that there are as just as many FU's in windows.
Of course since I just play around with all of them I see these thigs, I only have one machine that I use seriously and that runs 98, simply reinstalled when it stuffs up.

Happy mucking about.

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