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Bynari Support Tries Out Corel Linux 1.0

Dec 04, 1999, 23:51 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

By Tom Adelstein
Bynari, Inc.

December 3, 1999 - Bynari's Support Team found the Corel version of Linux fairly stable and everything seemed to work. Then we attempted to hook it up to the Internet through a Digital Subscriber Line (dsl) which uses DHCP. We discovered that it failed.

After a standard troubleshooting session, we discovered dhcpcd missing from the breakme install. Evidently, it didn't make it into the distribution.

The fix was fairly simple. We downloaded dhcpcd_0.70-5.deb from ftp.debian.org. Next, we used Corel Update which is similar in many respected to the kpackage or RPM installers. After we installed the client, we had to do an insmod for our network card - an HP100. We edited the conf.modules file, restarted the network and eth0 showed up in ifconfig. We then ran dhcpcd and it immediately found its address.

Our support team likes the Corel Linux distribution. So do some of the PC manufacturers we support. We have felt disappointed in the way Corel has dealt with us but we shrug that off. We don't believe they understand the culture of the GNU-Linux community. But then, we don't believe any of the large manufacturers do.

If you give the Corel Linux 1.0 distribution a try, be prepared for a very nice looking, though sparse distribution. If you have primarily dealt with RPM distributions, you'll find the Debian distribution a little different. We suggest you poke around their site - it's still Linux.