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Monday, November 11th, 2002

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Unimpressed with SuSE 8.x
I wrote a long letter to SuSE about their 8.0 release installer. I got very little feedback, much of it in German. The long story is that with the aid of a Slackware boot disk, I was eventually able to install SuSE 8.0. Last night I tried to get SuSE 8.1 to install over a network and failed entirely to do so. The installer is desperately slow and appears to hang the system at every available opportunity. Their YaST1 installer was fine, why did they have to bugger with it? I want a nice, simple text mode install where I just press the buttons.

Has anyone had any luck installing SuSE 8.1 over a network? What can I install nowadays? The machine is a P100 with 64Mb, which is a reasonable machine for running a dumb X terminal.

Slackware: installer has NFS client. All servers are FTP.
SuSE: All releases since 8.0 have been nearly impossible to run.
Red Hat: Too unreliable.
Debian: Yet to try.
Gentoo: Not realistic on a P100. I don't want to waste that much time per machine.
Mandrake et al: Same as Red Hat.

I guess I try Debian, else run Slackware 7.0 for which I have a CD. Any other suggestions?

Current Mood: pissed off

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