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The Register: Changing lightbulbs the Whistler, Win98 and Linux way

Dec 27, 2000, 20:51 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Prior to deciding to acquire the burner and Partition Magic 6.0 my room for manouevre was pretty tight, so provisionally installing Linux, using it to rearrange the partitions and winding up with Linux, Win2k and Win98 seemed the most plausible route. Incidentally, those of you who insisted that Win2k ran all the best games anyway would have got me into trouble this Christmas, as although it seems to run the new ones we've got, Whistler doesn't run Settlers II, an old favourite with the junior Lettices. Nor is it clear that it'll run the ZipCD software, although that's probably something to do with Iomega's dorky OS detecting installation program."

"Red Hat 7.0 seemed the logical Linux choice because of availability and USB and 810E support, but I ran into a number of issues that made it look like it was more trouble than it was worth, and that maybe suggest the Linux distros should get their heads around dealing with newbie installations and Win2k coexistence."

"The major reason we're currently in the buffers on this one is that both Red Hat 6.0 and 7.0 bomb out during kernel compilation with a "crc error - system halted." The Red Hat site includes an externally produced document on this that says it's caused by some kind of hardware malfunction, but as this could apparently be in any component I'm not about to try to nail it down right now. I'm quite willing to believe it's a 'something wrong with your hardware and our software's fine' error, but if Linux stresses the hardware more than other operating systems - as I'm told - it'd maybe make sense for the distros to rig up some tools to help people nail down whatever's broken, rather than leaving them surveying a baffling pile of poop."

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