So far so good...and a story
Hi - I just wanted to drop a message or 2 saying that as a new Linux user, its coming along. A feel good message I suppose. I think as newbies ( i.e. even with experience with the technology,windows dos etc..) we have to remember something that I tell my users at work sometimes when faced with computer challenges: forget that its a computer, look at it objectively and approach from that angle.
I guess at the risk of overstating, learning Linux or anything else should be like that. Its also very easy to get caught up in what appears to be a horrible problem but may amount to nothing.
An example and maybe an assist to others: I had mandrake (mandriva - is it pronounced "dreeva" or something else? ) 10.1 installed on a desktop pc taking up the whole drive and wanted to install Yoper as a dual boot. Ok, so I did a little research. (ain't the net the most amazing library on earth or what ??!). I found out that when installing a second linux, it apparently does not like to resize existing linux partitions when you have this situation. You have to boot up existing o/s as root then unmount the /home partition in order to resize - at least that's one way. And it makes sense when you think about it.
Great so I resized /home, rebooted and it appeared to work but when I logged in as the regular user, I only got a terminal screen. AAhh crap ! Now what. It turns out, that as I was poking around earlier with mandrake boot options, failsafe etc, the last login I did with the regular user was as failsafe... When I logged in again, I forgot about this and thought that it must be something to do with my resizing. Luckily, I didn't spend too much time digging before I realized this, flipped it back to regular linux boot at the login screen and all went ok. Being a lan admin helps with troubleshooting.. The moral of this lonnnngg story I guess is an oldie.. don't assume.. always keep track of what your doing or did. Messing around with Linux is no different. We all forget these simple things sometimes and go on wild goose chases...when the problem is often unrelated or due to simple unfamiliarity with the issue at hand.. Ok.. now back to wasting more work time and trying that Yoper install..
keeping the rubber side down...