Daily Archives: Wednesday, 24-Oct-2001

It looks like I’m getting back into the sporadic mode of updating this. I have been busy but that doesn’t explain all of it. I’ve also been playing with switching my computing platform over to Linux for everyday work just to see if it is possible. Updating this journal is one thing I haven’t incorporated fully in my work routine on the new platform.

This is not my first experience attempting to run Linux as my home workstation. I’ve fooled with the operating system on and off for the past six years. I never really got serious with it though. Until recently I haven’t had the hardware to dual boot two operating systems. Hard drives and memory are cheap now. I hadn’t fooled with Linux to speak of in the last two years. It’s funny how much you can lose in that time.

My biggest problem was in my aversion to RTFM and planning. I installed Mandrake’s excellent little package, Linux for Windows on my home machine and immediately screwed up. I did not want to choose the OS at boot time, I wanted to boot to Linux by running a program in Windows. That was the promise of Linux for Windows but I didn’t read the instructions and ended up installing GRUB, a boot loader, that defaults to booting to Linux. This isn’t good when I’ve got other family members that want to use this computer rebooting things from time to time. Regardless of how easy it is to learn how to boot to the proper OS, they don’t want to have to deal with that. I can’t say I blame them.

Eventually I’ll get around to configuring GRUB to default to booting Windows but that will be next week. For now, I’m going to bed. I’ll tell more of my experiences tomorrow.

It looks like I’m getting back into the sporadic mode of updating this. I have been busy but that doesn’t explain all of it. I’ve also been playing with switching my computing platform over to Linux for everyday work just to see if it is possible. Updating this journal is one thing I haven’t incorporated fully in my work routine on the new platform.

I’ve got several experiences that I want to relate later on tonight about the conversion process. It has gotten me to thinking about whether or not Linux is a viable workstation platform for the masses and if not, why.