30 Days of GNU/Linux: Day 3
Frustrated. That all there is to it. I could blame myself for diving back into Arch Linux so soon after being away from Linux this long. But since I still know my way around the file system, and the excellent Arch Linux beginners guide, I figured what the hell. I was a bit off on that one..
Turns out I had 0 problem install the system. What’s the problem then you ask? Mother-freaking-xorg. If that was a real Xorg config file, I would chuckle…a little. Vesa, nouveau, Nvidia, no driver would seem to work. Often I would get screen mismatches on -configure builds of Xorg, no screens found, or a failed Nvidia kernel load. Yay! After a long night of Mountain Dew and Pizza, I finally left my fate to the bbs Arch Linux boards. If I can’t solve this soon, I may just jump back to a Debian distro. Grrr!
I didn’t get around to install Linux Mint on the HTPC pc yet, due to said frustrations with Arch Linux (which I had 0 issues installing back in 2006/07… go figure). I Mint is an EXCELLENT distro for the media focused home user, and I definitely recommend it.
On a lighter note, I successfully triple booted Mac OS X, Linux Mint, and Fedora 19 beta on my Macbook Pro, 7,1) Do not* use Fedora <18. It is a complete mess with UEFI (the ‘bootloader’ of a Macbook). Fedora 19 Beta works well enough, trust me. I can post details on this process, but in summary:
- Install Mac OS X (clean install is best)
- Run EVERY update for firmware updates
- Run Disk Utility and shrink your Mac OSx partition small enough for another OS, parition the drive, but do not go on to “install windows.”
- reboot and confirm partition
- Install rEFIt
- reboot twice after installation
- Confirm you can boot into the new bootloader
- Insert your Linux distro of choice and shutdown (rEFIt likes a good shutdown for good results, as restarting from* OS X, is more of a soft* reboot)
- Hold c and power on the Macbook
- Install the Linux distro, making sure you REMOVE the FAT32 partition that was created for windows and then installing the necessary partitions
So far so good. If I end up with Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian or what have you, on the home Desktop, so be it, at least the drivers are very stable in those.
To another day…