Eventually, I gave up on my installation efforts for the day. I posted my tale here, hoping that somebody would give me the magic advice that I could use to finish my Win2k installation.
In the meantime, I figured, what the hell, I'll just put Linux on the workstation. That way, I'll have something to use for diagnostics if I need it. I put a Fedora Core 1 boot disk in the machine, powered up, and spent about sixty seconds starting a Kickstart installation using a standard workstation configuration. When the installation started, I left to walk the dog.
When I returned from walking the dog, the installation was done. I logged in and used Yum to bring all the packages up to date. The hardest part was getting the Radeon 9600 Pro and the Dell 2001fp LCD monitor to work at my preferred 1600x1200 resolution. After about an hour, I was done. I played a game of Armagetron to celebrate.
Now, here's the bad part
My plan was to install Linux for a day, just until I could figure out how to re-install Win2k. But now, after using Linux on my workstation for a day, I don't want to go back to Windows. Under Linux, my workstation is faster. The text is clearer. Software package management is saner. Everything works. There isn't the accumulation of cruft left behind by countless "Setup" programs. It's refreshing.
But, I miss some things:
- iTunes. (Well, I can just run it on one of my Macs. No big loss.)
- Halo. (I noticed this because a friend called today and mentioned it.)
- Seamless support for my OfficeJet G95. The HP OfficeJet Project for Linux doesn't quite compare to HP Director (flaky as it was).
- Mathematica. I have a for-Windows license. I think I have to pay $100 or something to migrate to Linux. (More dumb proprietary licensing crap.)
I'm starting to think that this will be a Linux workstation forevermore. Maybe I'll spring for VMware and handle the occasional need for Windows that way.
Thoughts? Advice? How reliable is VMware under Linux? Is there any reason that I really need Windows? Do chime in.
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