I decided to use the last hour of my day to install Debian GNU/Linux 8, Jessie, again, this time with defaults from “tasksel”: Debian desktop XFCE and “base utilities”. I did this in a virtual machine while grooving to a stream of my local “oldies” radio-station, checking the weather on the web, blogging, browsing the web and Beast’s CPU is barely above idling speed, and I’m nowhere near out of RAM. It’s all surreal compared to the work we had to do in the old days: downloading multiple .iso files, burning CDs, checking them for defects…, having the installation fail to boot or not start X, and the old systems ground away for an hour or more. Heck, Beast doesn’t even have a CD-drive these days.
Yes, these are the good times. A reasonable operating system on random hardware with little or no effort, full use of the hardware which has paid for itself handsomely years ago…, no malware to speak of, global GNU/Linux desktop share shooting for the sky, the ground waking up for another year of vigorous growth all around, a promising hunting season ahead after a winter without all that killing snow, the youngsters that left the nest are all having success… It’s just such a good life we have. We will have a lot to be thankful for by the end of summer.
PS. The installation worked perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised to see Iceweasel could handle Youtube videos without “Flash” thanks to HTML5. I like that. Yes, systemd brought the system up and down in a few seconds. I like that too.