Install day
Posted on June 23rd, 2008
Yesterday I downloaded the two distros I was going to use to replace the broken Knoppix VM. Today I spent the day installing them. Mandriva simply won't behave long enough for an install to happen, even when I used a trick to better the virtual CD's performance. So I downloaded that 700 MB ISO for nothing. To make up for it, I installed Debian Stable (Etch) twice: one with "Desktop Environment" checked, and one without. It turns out that the default Desktop Environment is GNOME. Like a lot of people, I find GNOME and many of its related apps to be a pain the kester. For now I'll just work around it, but later I'm going to see about other options.

Installing the two new virtual machines took just about my entire day.

On another note, I chose Debian Stable as the distro to use because it'll have less trouble with the apt repository than Knoppix and because it's, well, stable.

Knoppix is a highly customized relation of Debian Sid (unstable). A lot of things are done differently, so it's slip-shot using the official Debian repository. From what I can tell, installing Kolourpaint via apt-get resulted in KDE getting corrupted in some manner, probably due to stuff getting improperly replaced. So using pure Debian will insure everything behaves nicely.

And it's time for today's three links.

An injured hiker found a rather unique way to signal for help.

A psychotic level designer and ROM hacker developed his own twisted Super Mario World and filmed a friend playing through it. These films have reached YouTube where they were given a fitting English title: Asshole Mario. For some reason, these clips are hysterical. Note that the player gets better as the game progresses; by level 3 he's dying less.

Lastly, all I have to say about this news article is aw f***ing sh*t.
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