Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Linux Installation Fun
The other day I pulled out an old crusty beige PC from my parents' closet. It's an old AMD K6 350 MHz with 128 MB RAM, and a 6 GB HD. I figured I might as well make use of it since it was just sitting there. After pulling it apart and spraying out the dust with the ol' compressed air can, I enthusiastically took it home to try to install Suse Linux. The install went great, but after rebooting, I got nothing but a white screen, or a non-working mouse. Nice. Hoping that somewhere the drivers for my old legacy hardware would be there I tried other Linux distributions. I got the same thing with Red Hat (Fedora) and a number of bootable, live Linux CD's such as Knoppix, SLAX. Determined to succeed, I downloaded Ubuntu Linux (after reading about the many Linux distributions available on http://www.distrowatch.com). I am currently installing Ubuntu with my fingers crossed. If this doesn't work I will probably scrap the whole thing and throw Windows 98 back on it!