I fail to see why distributions like Fedora core are immensly popular. Fedora core and any corresponding system based on rpm and dependent on the anaconda installer all suffer from the same fatal flaw. If any single rpm fails to install, the entire install process is halted and must be restarted. It doesn’t pause and ask you for a different source for the rpm, in this day and age it could probaby even download the specified rpm online, let alone just wait for you to clean the install disk.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that as near as I can tell Fedora Core install disks are the most finicky disk images I have ever encountered. The only possible way I can even get a system installed is to install bare GUI desktop install.
Yet once the base system is installed the problems still continue. Apparently it’s only possible to manually select all the packages you didn’t get to install with yum. There is a gui for selecting additional packages but it suffers from the same problem the original install gui suffered from, ie a single failure kills the whole process. I don’t know if this is better here or worse, on the one hand at least you can try several different combinations without needing to walk back through the entire disk formatting procedure, but on the other it would definitely seem logical to allow the tool to download packages from a remote location if the cd fails.
So I have been delaying publicly writing for a while now. I had various reasons that I procrastinated.
- I wanted decent content on my site, ie something semi worthwhile
- I needed a decent system to publish from
- So I was going to write my own, but that required too much time
- I needed something that I felt comfortable developing extensions, but that required the above reason
- I needed a stable server to host it from
- I wanted textile for my markup
- I wanted an interesting first post
Some of these happened, some of these failed to happen, and hopefully some of them will happen. Anyway, the whole point of this is that after a while I simply determined I just needed to do it. Which in the long run is generally really all that actually needs to occur.
I’m hoping that my writing will improve. That needs will necessitate me fixing that which I dislike about typo or my layout or any other random problems that plague my satisfaction with this site. I make no promises on updates or content, or anything of else of like ilk. This is for my enjoyment and interest, and if it happens to agree with you then that will be an excellent bonus, but not the purpose of this site. Perhaps I will even let others know of the existance of the site, though one or two might have already guessed. Anyhow this is my first article, it’s pointless, it’s substandard, I don’t really particularly like it, but at least it’s a start.