FC3 was available for download yesterday. For the first time I have broadband and there's a Linux distro out that I really want. So I figured I'd just download the .iso files and burn them and have me a brandy new Linux distro a week or so sooner than if I had to order the CD's. Cool!
So, last night, after I got out of court (my second job) I started to download the .iso's. But you see, my broadband wasn't a lot of help, the servers were bogged down by thousands of other freeloaders like me and I was getting about 60 kb/s max. No problem, I don't need sleep, I need the latest and greatest Linux! So, about 1:00 AM (and about a dozen or so beers) later I had my .iso's downloaded, checked the md5sums on them and everything was great.
Today, all day, I wasn't worth a darn at work. I was like a little kid the day before Christmas. I wanted to be home, burning those .iso's and installing FC3. I was reading the FAQ's on the SELinux and about problems with the nVIDIA drivers and itching to get at the install. I won't go into any detail about the call I got in the late afternoon from my son and a problem I had to take care of for him right after work. It only took an hour or so of my time. Kids... 26 years old and can get himself into more trouble than a pack of 5 yr. olds in a minute. I didn't care anyway, 'cause I was gonna get home and be running FC3 in a couple of hours!
Well, here's where the "hurt" part comes in. I finally got home at about 6:00 or so. I fired up my computer ready to burn me some CD's and get on with the install. I even had a fresh 12 pack of Labatt's Blue to see me through the process sitting at my side. So I fired up k3b and slowed my burn rate down to 8x (it's a 16x burner, but I wanted to be sure the discs were good), and asked k3b to verify the CD's. That may have been a mistake. Three coasters later and still no good FC3-i386-disc1.iso , I disabled the "verify" option. Now I could get down to business. Hell, it had to be a k3b issue... nothing serious. So I burned the first 3 of the 5 discs and then k3b started to segfault and die and crash everything. I couldn't even run k3b as root! I needed a hard reboot and had troubles doing it. Even had to hit the power switch a couple of times. Hell, it was like I was running MSWindows again! And to make things worse, the 12 pack was empty!
So I went downstairs, brought up another half a dozen cold ones to see me through and used my faithful old standby cdrecord. One would have thought that a simple:
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cdrecord -v -eject speed=8 dev=0,1,0 /home/dishawjp/download/isos/ FC3-i386-disc1.iso
Anyway, I finally had 5 CD's of questionable quality burned. I knew there would be no installation tonight (I was running low on beer again) but I wanted to see if the CD's would pass the media check. Well, CD 1 booted and passed. So did CD's 2 and 3. Hell, I chugged a cold one in celebration! CD 4 choked and croaked and failed and so did the rescue CD. So, I downed another brew, and tried to figure out what had gone wong with k3b, which had made 3 good CD's before segfaulting. I did the old "apt-get remove/apt-get install" thing... no difference. I poked around for . ~/.k3b file... there was none. I went into my .kde directory and found a couple of broken symlinks and deleted them. I dumped X and then restarted it, and hell! k3b was working again. Life was good and getting better so I had me a brew and a smoke while burning another CD! Even better, both those CD's passed the FC3 media check. So I needed another beer to celebrate and decided to burden you poor folks with my tale... all the while sipping on a cold Labatts.
So here's where I'm at. Two nights downloading and burning the .iso's and not a single byte installed. Is there any reason, other than love, that a person would put himself through this? (And, is that a love of beer or a love of Linux or both?) The worst part is that I have court tomorrow night and will not get home early enough to even consider beginning he install. Thursday, I have my Perl programming class and have to make a persentation to the Student Senate after that and probably won't be home before 11:00 PM, and Friday night I have other plans. Saturday is a mess, with things to do, including a meeting of the local LUG steering committee in the middle of the day. Hell, It looks like Sunday will be the first day I'll have a chance to even begin installing! If I had ordered the CD's for $10.00 or so, I wouldn't have gotten this installed any faster. But I would have missed out on some of the fun of playing with my Linux box and that's priceless.
Darned glad this is "The Lounge" where I can spout off and not get blasted too hard for doing it!
Just some rantings from a none-too-sober Linux lover.