Well, I just spent the day trying to install Debain. Most of it was spent plowing through a mile long list of packages. Perhaps I should have gone with one of the pre-configs and gone back through the package list at a later date for the rest of the stuff I need. Of course, I don’t know if my computer would be fairing any better anyway:

-I could sort of understand if my serial trackball took some tinkering. But so far I haven’t been able to get the now-standard wheel mouse functioning even as a regular mouse. (Although, it just occurred to me that I have a USB mouse stuffed away in a corner. It was supposed to be tactile feedback, but I never even got it’s wheel working. It was a perfectly good two-button mouse, though.)
-This becomes a significant problem when the system suddenly and without provocation begins starting up in xFree86, a GUI that appears to completely lack keyboard commands. (Even Control-Alt-Delete stopped working) Maybe if I can get in with a boot disk, I can convince it to stop.
-It hasn’t found my modem or my printer yet either. At least now I know what port my modem is on, which may help.
-LILO can’t boot to the secondary driver currently, so I had to resort to cable and jumper swapping to get back to windows. BIOS settings might work, but I didn’t think of it. When I get back into linux, I’ll have to take a look ftab (fstab?) and make sure the second hard drive is being enumerated where I think it is.

Posted Sunday, June 23rd, 2002 under War Story.