For $89, I can buy a lot of HD as well.
I'm sitting here wondering about trying Slackware.
Well, it happens. It's just a bigger PITA when it's the system drive. I'm now running Ubuntu from a live CD, and was able to repair it with fsck, and now have a monster tar command running to back things up to external, via USB. It's kinda slow. Got the new Hitachi 500GB drive on hand, and I'm hoping once the backup is finished, I can continue to run on the existing drive until the weekend. Wasn't in my plans to do a fresh install this weekend, but them's the breaks. (I might try just moving the system, before I do that.)Thing is, I have already promised myself to ditch Ubuntu and find a distro which isn't hell-bent on pulling the rug out from under all the things I already know how to do, and make me deal with yet another batch of newfangled desktop interface crap. Well, I already switched back to using Fvwm instead of Gnome or KDE, so some of it I never see anyway. And I really like the Debian package management system. But it seems as if most of the more leading-edge distros are based on Ubuntu these days.So, I'm sitting here wondering about trying Slackware. (No, I don't want to run an RPM-based system.) Any issues anyone is aware of using Arduino tools with it?
QuoteFor $89, I can buy a lot of HD as well.But not your data.
QuoteI'm sitting here wondering about trying Slackware.I used Slackware back when it was new. Eventually I moved on to Gentoo.
Yeah - I feel your pain - it really sucks. I'm sorry to hear about it, but at least it sounds like you're able to recover...Good luck!
Have a look at clonezilla and just copy the whole drive over to the new one.Doesnt matter if the new drive is larger just expand the partition after the transfer.
Thing is, I have already promised myself to ditch Ubuntu and find a distro which isn't hell-bent on pulling the rug out from under all the things I already know how to do, and make me deal with yet another batch of newfangled desktop interface crap.
Quote from: justjed on Jun 23, 2011, 04:00 amThing is, I have already promised myself to ditch Ubuntu and find a distro which isn't hell-bent on pulling the rug out from under all the things I already know how to do, and make me deal with yet another batch of newfangled desktop interface crap.I dunno if its the distro, so much as it is the desktop environment developers.Well, they're certainly doing their share, but Canonical is a driver. And they're the source of Unity. Not that I'm praising Gnome shell (or condemning it -- since I haven't seen it).I can certainly sympathize with your complaints: I'm a big fan of KDE 3, having used it for almost 10 years,KDE is what got me away from Fvwm in the first place. It was nice while it lastedand the the little I've seen of KDE4 is distinctly unimpressive.And that's what got me back to using Fvwm.so it's a little unfair to say that they're "hell-bent" on forcing change on you.Oh, it isn't just the desktop interface. Here's one example: when I "upgraded" to 9.10, the upgrade removed the extra fonts I'd installed. Why do that on an upgrade? It isn't as if the presence of several .ttf files is going to blow up the new version of X. Then there's upstart, which is a fine thing if you're booting your system frequently, I guess. My system would run fine with good old SysV init, which I already know how to manage. And NetWorkManager, which insists on trying to start the wireless supplicant every 10 minutes, on my desktop system which has no wireless interface. I finally got rid of that. These are just a few examples.The reason that so many modern distros are derived from Ubuntu is simple: they're doing it right.Some things, yes.Slackware was great back in the days when 16 megs of RAM made you a "power user", but it doesn't make much sense these days. Even the late-90s PCs I use for embedded work run Debian. I used to admin IBM mainframes back in the 1970s, and I would never go back to the days when your system maintenance tools didn't automatically check and manage dependencies for you.I have nothing against good package managers, which is why I'd like to stay with something Debian-style.If you want to limit yourself to fvwmFvwm is certainly not limiting for me. Hey, I can actually edit my .fvwmrc file, and find dox on exactly how to do it. Can you say the same for Gnome? Years ago, I wasted a lot of time working on getting my .gtkrc file set up to my taste -- never got there. The documentation sucks. And Gnome stuffs some config data in Gconf, some in other places. You can't find it all without a lot of work, and find documenation on it? Bah! When I switched back to Fvwm, my old .fvwmrc file was 90% still usable, and the supplied config upgrade script told me what parts were deprecated or invalid. I suppose if I wanted my windows to jiggle during desktop switches, Fvwm might be limiting. (which I wouldn't: my philosophy for my "tool" systems is that the software is supposed to make things easy for me, not the hardware)Well, now we're talking about something different, but yet again, a lot of this new stuff isn't making my life easier. When methods I know, which used to work, don't anymore, how is that "easier"? I have nothing against hardware abstraction. But I dislike byzantine XML files for configuring things.there's official community documentation (as well as quite a few google hits for forum postings and other web resources) to make it easy for you.Oh, sometimes. These days, finding an actual answer for an error message, using a web search, is more likely to come up with an steaming plethora of the same question, mirrored over and over, in multiple places, as it is to come up with useful debugging procedures.Switching distros when you've got one as good as Ubuntu would be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.Well, "good" is in the eye of the beholder, eh?
I sure wish I knew of someplace in the Denver area where I could just go pick up an SSR.