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reinstall... again 
11th-Oct-2005 02:09 pm
I like Linux. I really do.

I installed Mandriva 2006 beta some months ago and have reinstalled twice now. The last time when I signed out of my session, the system locked up. Normally I never sign out since I am the only one that uses the system.

I have noticed a couple of bugs: in the printer selection, HP Deskjet is misspelled. Also, the survey during installation has issues and locks up. I really should submit these. I keep putting it off or forgetting to.

I reinstalled since I think it might have been my overeagerness to clean out the deadwood files. I deleted some directories called ".orbit-blahblahblah". Apparently these are part of the CORBA system of KDE. I also added differnent desktop files to my /usr/share/applications directory. I created a java.desktop, a xine.desktop, and another that escapes me for the moment.

Gimp won't run. I have yet to run it after having reinstalled. I have some images that I can open and others that I cannot. The strange thing is that some of the images that I can no longer open are ones that I edited using GIMP under Mandriva 10.2. I get a error about he plugin not being able to open it. The usenet seems that I am not the only one with the problem. I lreadfigured out that I can open the file with another program and then save it (no changes) under another name. Then it opens fine. Wierd. I don't like that workaround. We will see if my reinstall of 2006 has fixed that issue.

I also think I had urpmi misconfigured to download 10.2 binaries and not 2006. 10.2 just never worked well for me so thus the 2006 install. That is now fixed.

Eventually, nothing would run without giving me a CORBA error.

Now I am reinstalling all my old software and being very diligent about not installing packages for earlier revisions. I need to install the following:

GEDA and associated files
Nvidia TNT2 driver
Crystal 4232c audio (ALSA or OSS?... hmmmm)
Adobe Reader

My trouble, for now, is installing vlc. It seems there is a chicken-and-egg problem. I cannot install vlc-0.8.4 without installing the vlc-plugin-mad. But I cannot install mad without installing vlc first. Doh! I need to talk to the PLF about this. My solution was to download the RPMs and then force an install using --nodep. If dependencies are ignored, it goes in fine.

But now I need faad2.so.0. It never ends. Trying to install vlc under Mandriva 2006 is like pulling teeth. There is always one more file and recursive dependency.

Xine was no problem. Mplayer was no problem.

XMMS is a problem. VLC is a problem.

Why don't I just use one of the others like Xine, Totem, Kaffine, or Mplayer? I am awaiting the long anticipated crack to M$ proprietary WMV3 format to be released for VLC. My friends keep sending me videos and and I can't watch them. I keep telling them but they keep sending them. One noble friend, Eric, did a conversion but the quality degraded badly and the sound was lost.

[ sigh ]

< soapbox >
Why don't I just switch to Windows? BAH! I will not give up choice for a stupid 30 second video. I will work around it. Open standards mean greater choice for the consumer. If an ISV wants to sell their product, they have to be truly innovative and provide added value. Microsoft has no history of innovation. They have not invented not ONE product. They scan the fields and look for companies that make a product that might take away market share from them. They buy or partner with the company, steal the technology, and dismantle the company leaving it and its employees hanging out to dry. No, really. M$ truly does this.
< /soapbox >

Eventually I will get on to recompiling the kernel.

If all this does not work out, I think I may just downrev to 10.2. It should be stable by now. I eventually need to quit farting around with the beta testing and get back to doing fun (like downloading the latest round of Pam Anderson pics or Metallica mp3s ;-b ).

[ okay okay... for those of you that don't know me I think Pam is rancid, and the only mp3s I have ever downloaded were of a Russian talk radio station. Why download when I already own the Metallica album? ]
11th-Oct-2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Switching to Windows is furthest from my mind as a suggestion. I was more thinking that you should switch to a brand name Linux.. say RedHat or something. :P
11th-Oct-2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Like duh... Mandriva is based on the Fedora core. The biggest change is that it has been recompiled to run on pentium class or better machines giving a 10-20% performance improvement.

Hey, I got a Pii 450MHz. I need all the performance I can get!
11th-Oct-2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
11th-Oct-2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) is H-U-G-E by the way. Distrowatch has it raked as #2 whereas Fedora is at #4.

Hmmmm... Unbutu is at #1. I'll have to check it out.
11th-Oct-2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hehe... sorry dude. You lost me there. My brain has been in AIX land for a while now. I am soo out of touch with Linux.
11th-Oct-2005 11:28 pm (UTC)

My GAWD, man. You are out of touch with the WORLD!
11th-Oct-2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. they keep me locked in a little box all day too! :P
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