[ltp] Re: X30 linux installation

Steve Thompson linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 19:52:32 -0400 (EDT)

--- Richard Neill <rn214@hermes.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> > Occasionally I regret not going with a canned distribution, but at
> least
> > I'm learning things that I would not otherwise see in that instance.
> > 
> Actually, you can have your cake and eat it :-)
> If you have a recent LiveCD on hand (eg Knoppix or Ubuntu), you can 
> quickly check out how $X is done in that distro, and then copy the 
> solution to your distro of choice.

True, in principle.

> This is sometimes quite useful. I recall creating a "frankendistro" once

In the last couple of months, the only major problems I have encountered
are (1) satisfying dependencies, or (2) satisfying dependencies.  Rarely,
I have had to work a little to satisfy dependencies with packages that are
slightly difficult to find, but eventually google yields its secrets.

Insofar as configuration is concerned, I have had no difficulty yet
reading the documentation when necessary.  I attribute my success in this
regard to good breeding and a fine education courtesy of the Jesuits
teaching at my high-school.

> - it worked much better than it "ought" to have! The A22p was running 
> Mandrake 9.1 (quite a while back, but it was 2 years after 9.1 was 
> released), and I suddenly needed support for a PCMCIA wifi card, which 
> worked in the then-current knoppix.
> IIRC, I just copied a binary kernel, and /lib/modules from Knoppix to 
> Mandrake, then re-ran mkinitrd and edited lilo.conf. Everything except 
> sound [alsa vs oss] worked fine!

When time is limited, your approach is very sensible.  I had a moment not
long ago where I simply could not get lilo to install the MBR correctly. 
I tried Grub; I tried Grub2 -- nothing worked.  Finally, I downloaded
knoppix and saw how their installation proceedure set up the bootsector. 
One little, yet properly specified, command later and everything worked.



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