Monday, September 10, 2007

Online Installation

Sometime, people asked me what Linux distro should he/she use? I often replied with neutral answer (even though i'd be happy if he/she will try to use Slackware). When they asked me what distro i used, i answered Slackware. Why? Well, lots of answer about this, but the main thing is that it's simple, stable, and the most important thing: it works. When they believe my words, they started to get interested on Slackware and start using it. Most of the time, i got a request to help them during installation phase, or should we say, online installation big grin

The result was not always the same. Some people said that the installation was successful, and some say it's kindda hard to do (but most of them who fell into this category soon learn their mistakes and willing to try again. This time, it's their luck). Most of the problem lies on the partitioning. Some people didn't know what device should they use, so when they ran fdisk /dev/hdX, they got a warning message, saying that he/she will be unable to write the partition table. At first, i though this is a SATA problem, but Slackware already supports SATA disks, so it shouldn't be a big problem for Slackware. Later on, i realize that he misidentified the device. It should be on /dev/sdX, not in /dev/hdX, since /dev/hdX is for CDROM (you can't modify a CD/DVD ROM right?). The rest is mostly easy for them.

So far, i have managed to gave new perspective about Linux installation which is easy to do, even for Slackware which (i guess) is the only remaining Linux distribution that only has text-based installation interface (except for distros that only used for servers, such as ubuntu-server). It's a long way to make people believe that Linux is ready for desktop, but we are on our way to get there.