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Mar 28, 2001, 16:19 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Powell)

"...My desktop machine, a K6-2-550 underclocked to 500 to avoid the ``internal compiler error'' messages that never are an internal compiler error, is scarcely cutting-edge hardware. But it's blisteringly fast compared to a P-133, though the amount of memory, 256 megs vs. 56, is no doubt a leading factor, too. After many, many hours -- more than a full day in total -- I had everything built and installed. And XFree86 still didn't work. The documentation bore no connection to any reality I could find."

"What's more, I'd compiled support for my PCMCIA network card, which is a NE2000 clone, in the kernel before I'd compiled the new version of pcmcia-cs, whose documents said it might not be such a good idea to build the support modules with the kernel -- that the ones pcmcia-cs cooks up are better. I took this with a grain of salt, because everybody says that their modules are better than the kernel ones, but this is rarely true. In this case, it was. I was offline."

"Having just about had my fill of compiling, I was in no mood to rebuild the kernel and pcmcia-cs. Suddenly OS/2 looked more promising."

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