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#1 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 09:53 PM

If all goes according to plan, sometime in the next couple weeks I'll be sporting this new linux bar in my siggy:Posted ImageI'm planning on installing Arch Linux, Gentoo, and Slackware 13/64 (experimental).   :thumbsup: That will give me Slackware 12.2 (primary operating system), Debian 5.03 (secondary operating system), CentOS, Gentoo, Slackware 13/64, Ark Linux, Arch Linux. Those ought to keep me busy, huh? Hopefully, I can overcome the curse of Gentoo.**For those of you who don't know... my last two attempts to install Gentoo (in '06 and again in early '07) were catastrophic failures (crashed my entire system and required re-installation of all operating systems). It was ugly.  :thumbsup: I've already d-loaded Arch Linux tonight. I'll d-load Slack and Gentoo in the next few days. :w00t:Wish me luck!  :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 10:14 PM

Excellent! I am wishing you good luck for sure!  :thumbsup:
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 11:15 PM

Have fun Eric!But why don't you try Sabayon instead of Gentoo? I had it installed for some months a year or two ago. I was never able to figure out Gentoo but maybe now I could.Anyway Enjoy your installfest.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 12:07 AM

Good luck with your endeavor. I am glad to see Archlinux in that list. Also, good luck with Gentoo, you will need it. My problem with Gentoo is the time it takes to install anything. 10 minutes to install firefox,  I do not think so. That was with a slower machine, but still.I look forward to seeing how it goes.Thanks

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 02:12 AM

Wishing all the luck you need Eric . . . looks like you will have loads of fun  doing this.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Bruno

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:56 AM

Good timing to install Gentoo! Version 10 was released a week ago to celebrate their 10th birthday. Its a live DVD version. :thumbsup:  http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=05703Also I think you need one of these in your sig:Posted Image   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:32 AM

Thanks everyone!@ Réjean... tried Sabayon once. Couldn't get it to install properly. Besides, Sabayon is like "virtual Gentoo". I want to experience the real thing. ;)I'm logged in earlier than usual today because I wanted to get those big downloads going while I'm doing my usual Sunday chores and routines. Off I go to check on the d-load status of Gentoo right now. After that... Slack 13/64. :)Off I go...

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 01:25 PM

I don't know why I pay all that money for "high speed" DSL. My download speeds today are running between 90 and 150 kbps all day. It's going to take me till the wee hours tonight to download Gentoo and Slackware. There just has to be something WRONG when it takes 10 hours to download 3.7Gig. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 06:42 PM

OK, Arch is downloaded. Slackware 13 is downloaded. I'm about 1/2 way through with Gentoo. Man! I've had a heck of a time finding a fast server for that one. I ended up vvget-ing it from http://mirrors.sfo1.gni.com. It seemed to be the fastest, which ain't saying much. The Gentoo official server is kernel.org... and it was crawling like a dying snail today. Sadly, there are no torrents of Gentoo AMD64 10.1 currently. :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 06:46 PM

securitybreach,I'm posting the link to your excellent Arch Linux installation tutorial here, so I'll have it handy when I need it... very soon, hopefully. :w00t::thumbsup:

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:03 PM

Woohoo! Won't be long now till the Install Fest truly starts!Good luck again Eric!
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 08:10 PM

Would you believe that I was 77% completed with my download of Gentoo when their server failed... could not reconnect. Seem my Gentoo curse is still in effect. :w00t: I'm now trying to download the darn thing from Georgia Tech via ftp... another 4-6 hours. ARRRRRRRGH!  :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:31 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 11 2009, 06:46 PM, said:

securitybreach,  I'm posting the link to your excellent Arch Linux installation tutorial here, so I'll have it handy when I need it... very soon, hopefully. :w00t:  :thumbsup:
Cool!!!Thanks

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 09:59 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 12 2009, 11:10 AM, said:

Would you believe that I was 77% completed with my download of Gentoo when their server failed... could not reconnect. Seem my Gentoo curse is still in effect. :w00t: I'm now trying to download the darn thing from Georgia Tech via ftp... another 4-6 hours. ARRRRRRRGH!  :w00t:
Hope its not an omen like Apollo 13 lifting off at 13.13.  :thumbsup:  :w00t:
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 10:35 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 10 2009, 09:53 PM, said:

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I just noticed, your Arch icon is the really OLD one from over a year ago. Here is the current one:Posted ImageWith or without the writing. The avatar I use is just the archlinux logo with the Xmonad logo in the middle. Here is a huge list of custom Archlinux ones: http://bbs.archlinux...hp?id=79538&p=1Thanks

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 10:55 PM

Yeah... but the glass-looking logo was COOL!  :thumbsup: FINALLY! Gentoo AMD64 Live CD 10.1 is now completely downloaded. YAY!Let the InstallFest Fall 2009 begin! Well, maybe tomorrow... it's too late tonight. I'm not on the Count Dracula dusk to dawn schedule these days. :w00t:

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 10:56 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 11 2009, 10:55 PM, said:

Yeah... but the glass-looking logo was COOL!  :thumbsup:   FINALLY! Gentoo AMD64 Live CD 10.1 is now completely downloaded. YAY!  Let the InstallFest Fall 2009 begin! Well, maybe tomorrow... it's too late tonight. I'm not on the Count Dracula dusk to dawn schedule these days. :w00t:
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:04 PM

Uh-huh... glass-looking --> Posted Image

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:05 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 11 2009, 11:04 PM, said:

Uh-huh... glass-looking --> Posted Image
I guess, I do not really see it but ok.Thanks

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:36 PM

Glossy?

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:08 PM

OK, everything burned. Next up... the actual installations. Weeeeeeeeeeee!  :)

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:07 AM

And the problems begin...I wanted to get Arch installed first. The last couple times I installed Arch, it went relatively well. Not this time. The installer couldn't make the new file systems on the partitions I chose. I had to use the existing partitions. Fine. Then I installed all the packages and the installer crashes (or seems to) while checking dependencies after the package installation. The drive light stays lit. The system seems locked up. When I hit a key, a prompt pops up. That's it. All done. Have to CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the system. I got to this point three times. I give up. :(Tomorrow... Gentoo.  :)

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:19 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on Oct 13 2009, 12:07 AM, said:

And the problems begin...  I wanted to get Arch installed first. The last couple times I installed Arch, it went relatively well. Not this time. The installer couldn't make the new file systems on the partitions I chose. I had to use the existing partitions. Fine. Then I installed all the packages and the installer crashes (or seems to) while checking dependencies after the package installation. The drive light stays lit. The system seems locked up. When I hit a key, a prompt pops up. That's it. All done. Have to CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart the system. I got to this point three times. I give up. :(  Tomorrow... Gentoo.  :)
It has to be the image you downloaded. Did you check the md5? I have never had the installer crash on me or even heard of it crashing before. First all, if the installer will not let you make a new file system on the partition, then either your partitions are not correct or the disk is bad.  As far as the dependancy checking, archlinux fetches nothing from the internet so the iso is not correct or the burn has an error. The errors you experience are not common installer errors for Archlinux. I know I said it a few times. but you need to burn the image again or fetch another one.If all else failes, try the 2009.02 image. I have not used the 2009.08 image myself.Thanks

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 12:39 PM

Well, first off... I'm using the Arch recommended (at their website) net install disk, so it does fetch the entire base system 160M+ from the I-net. The drive and partitions are fine. I had a working PCLinuxOS Phoenix on there till last night.I'm going to use gparted to scrub and reformat the partitions, then I'll try to install again. If it fails again, I'll d-load the entire core DVD and do it that way. I just hate 4 hour downloads to get these darn DVD iso's, you know. :)

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:38 PM

OK... Arch is in! Slackware 13-64 is in! And the Gentoo curse is still in effect. I just can't do anything right when it comes to Gentoo. I downloaded (for 4+ hours) their darn Live DVD. Well, it's REALLY neato! However, what they don't tell you is that there's NO MEANS TO INSTALL GENTOO FROM THE LIVE DVD. Is that not RIDICULOUS! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!  :thumbsup: I'm off to download their net install CD right now. *sigh*Arch installed fine once I wiped and reformatted the partitions with Gparted (using my trusty Ubuntu 6.06 Live CD B) ). I can install Slackware in my sleep, practically; having done it so many times in the past. I have to laugh when I think back to how much that Slack installer scared me when I first booted it up back in '06. ;)Off I go...




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