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JustLinux: Installing program becomes the object of obsession

May 11, 2000, 13:28 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"It began innocuously enough. I was installing Slackware 7.0 on one of my PCs because I was roped into an assignment to write two chapters in an upcoming Slackware book. I mention this detail because I just want everyone to know that I am not in the habit of tearing apart my systems every few weeks just to try a new Linux distribution on a whim. I am much more stable than this. Really."

"...I have a peculiar weakness for anything astronomy-related. Telescopes, planetariums, and of course, astronomy software. So, when I saw Kworldwatch flash by on the screen, my little antennae started twitching. Sure enough, it was what I suspected: a graphical representation of where the sun is shining at any given time of the day.

"This, I had to get."

"This" became the object of obsession and frustration for a few hours, a period of time that I want to share with you. This is not a detraction on the products I am about to mention but rather an examination of how Linux distributions deal to each other or don't deal, as the case may be."

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