Paving That Other OS With openSuSE, Fedora, Ubuntu…

While That Other OS keeps breaking, GNU/Linux keeps getting easier to install and to maintain.“I started Windows Update as usual, and it chugged along looking normal (deathly slow). No error messages, no problems, no update failures. When it had finished, I let it reboot. Then the fun started. When it tried to boot, I got the message: No Bootable Devices Found.” Here’s a story about a guy who’s update broke and he decided to install a bunch of GNU/Linux distros as a test. They all worked, mostly without issue. It’s amazing that you can install GNU/Linux in less time and trouble than some updates of TOOS take…

The more people discover the wonders of GNU/Linux, the faster that desktop monopoly sinks.

See Building a pre-release Linux testbed with openSuSE, Fedora, Ubuntu, and more.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Paving That Other OS With openSuSE, Fedora, Ubuntu…

  1. kurkosdr says:

    Oh, and I do think that UEFI is bad. One of the virtues of PCs was that, no matter what happens, you can boot WinBuilder with some file-undelete app inside, and recover anything that was corrupted.

    Now we have signed bootloaders and encrypted everything, and PCs that get “bricked” as if they are a goddamn iThing. Same thing with Android, unless you have a Nexus.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    BTW I mean statically linked to the app.

  3. kurkosdr says:

    You need to have the latest OS version = You need to have the latest non-LTS OS version

  4. kurkosdr says:

    There is the suckage of computers right there:

    1) Microsoft Windows: Our Windows Update breaks. Rarely, but breaks. Are you feeling lucky, punk?

    2) Desktop Linux: You need to have the latest OS version to have new software. Upgrading to the latest non-LTS will break your proprietary drivers, and maybe proprietary apps.

    OSes as we know them are a relic of the past. They are a remnant from an age where a 100MB harddrive was a lot and RAM was also scarce, and everything had to be shared to an extreme. An OS designed for modern system would contain a bootloader, a task-switcher, a packet-scheduler, a file-system and maybe drivers, and everything else can be statically linked (provided by the OS vendor but statically linked). And apps can be launched by a simple app-launcher. Voila! No dependency hell, no problems.

    This was Microsoft’s big mistake by the way. There was this mentality of “let’s fuse everything into the system”. But Linux has this problem too.

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