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I Hate Linux

Friday, April 01, 2005

My first Linux experience

Long ago I found a copy of Slackware and thought it would be fun to give a try. Having heard the problems a friend had (something about unknowingly having it install over his Windows partition), I ended up installing it to a second hard drive and kept my Windows drive in the next room... just in case.

The installation went smooth enough (despite requiring several attempts to get things right), and when done I was greeted with a prompt, not knowing what to do I began to type.

dir

Hum, nothing.

help

Still no.

login

Nope

logon

Grrr.

This went on for about 15 min (including several reboots), me playing guessing games, not having any clue as to how to get past this prompt.. What prompt you ask? The login prompt of course, and not being familiar with Linux or Unix systems at the time, I didn't know what 'root' was or how to login as it.

Pathetic I know.

I ended up having to do a low level format of the HD in order to get Linux off of it (regular formats just weren't working (mostly due to partitions not being normally readable anymore)).

I will grant you that this experience, caused by my own ignorance ended up being the first thing to sour me on Linux for a time and helped to keep me away from it for a few years until a friend was showed me how cool (his word) Coral Linux was, but that is another story.

9 Comments:

  • Airplanes suck. I hate airplanes. I got ina n airplane the other day and sat down. What a piece of junk. I couldn't find the gas pedal or brake, the gear shift was missing and there was no key to even start the thign. Plus I got a cramp in my back from this thick book stuffed in the back of the seat with a bunch of things called 'instructions' in it. Why people keep saying airplanes are something special, I'll never know.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:56 AM  

  • You know, I had almost exactly the same experience the first time I used DOS. Thinking Linux sucks because you had difficulty with your first experience at the command prompt is like thinking Windows sucks because you don't like DOS. I hardly ever even use the command prompt when using Linux. What a lame post. I'm still waiting for a compelling reason to hate Linux on this blog.

    By Anonymous BM, at 6:08 AM  

  • Advice: Don't use Slackware.

    If you want to get to grips with linux without getting down and dirty, i suggest Mandrake. It's less powerful than other Linux distro's, but you'll soon see why Linux kicks Windows ass.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 AM  

  • I forgot to mention... the above story occurred about 10 years ago, so the advice of the 3rd poster is moot as Mandrake did not yet exist at the time. In fact, so was that of the first one. The jewel case in question, containing the two Slackware CD's (that I paid $20 for at a local computer store) had only a simple paper insert out front with no instructions on use or logging in, only on installation. Yes, I should have done some research before embarking on such a task, I will not deny that.

    After my failure, I did a bit of WebCrawlering (just doesn't sound as good as 'Googling' does it?) and did not have much success. It wasn’t until a couple of years later when I learned my mistake elsewhere. In the end, it might have been useful if the login screen gave a hint as to what it was looking for.

    BTW Brian, just because you are "still waiting for a compelling reason to hate Linux on this blog" doesn't mean I will deliver such a reason, nor is it my responsibility to do so just because you seem to be looking for one. I would remind you that this blog contains my opinions and views on different things, including my hatred of Linux, you are free not to share my opinion.

    The last thing I will say in the area of that is check your inbox for a copy of the UHG, virtually all of which is directly applicable to Linux.

    Back to the 3rd poster... I have used Mandrake a number of times over the years, each time I walk away with the same feeling I have just about every time I use any Linux distro, despite my best effort to make the experiance good and worthwile... that feeling is "Unimpressed".

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:58 AM  

  • "BTW Brian, just because you are "still waiting for a compelling reason to hate Linux on this blog" doesn't mean I will deliver such a reason, nor is it my responsibility to do so ..."

    So just so we are clear: You hate Linux for no good reason.

    By Anonymous BM, at 12:57 PM  

  • No good reason... in your book.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 5:06 AM  

  • Here's a good alternative read:

    http://diveintomark.org/archives/2003/08/04/xp

    By Blogger bm, at 8:40 AM  

  • I know this post is a few years old, but things have not improved much on the Linux front.

    You install it, look at it, try a couple of things, say 'thats neat', and realize just how good you had it under Windows.

    So I say... Give the choice of choosing Windows.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 PM  

  • I like Linux, at least a lot more than Windows...but your experiment reminds me of my first experience with Linux: I downloaded something called "Monkey Linux", loaded it up, and typed "startx" (to this day I don't know why I knew I "needed" to do that...) and all I got was a nice wickerbasket background with an X cursor.

    I now wish I knew a bit more about the X server, because all I could do at that point was think "Ok...what's next?" This was in the very early days (1996), and I wish I could get a copy of Monkey Linux now, to see if I could make any more sense with it now that I did then!

    By Blogger Alphy, at 3:21 PM  

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