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    Mostly Unix and Linux topics. But flying might get a mention too.

    Tuesday, April 05, 2005

    Downloads - never again!

    I now remember why I tend to go for boxed versions of things. The download of 4 ISO CDs for Intel took the entire weekend of starting, restarting, and going to the beginning again. Tried various download managers (Linux and XP, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox) including Sun's own (SunDM) - which they recommend you download (!) first, but all of them keep failing in a curious manner. You watch the transfer speed, it will drop down to a trickle, then go to 0kbs. That's it. WHY? The connection is active, you can still use the Internet and download other things! No Pause/Resume Start/Restart, etc helps. Needed to stop the whole thing, start from scratch and hope it completes next time.

    Anyway, enough moaning...

    Bought myself a new Nero box (could have downloaded it ;-) and burned the 4 disks, so - install time (whilst the download battle of 4 discs for my Ultra5 Sparc machine began).

    I tried the install on an old HP Vectra with P700 and 128 MB RAM. It used to be plenty for Linux...
    The install went remarkably smoothly, although I am greatly disappointed with the required interaction. I was hoping that Sun would simplify this - can't imagine a non-techie wanting to tackle it. Then again, I suppose Solaris is not really destined for a non-techie user...

    However, when we get to use it for our generic UNIX admin courses (notice when, rather than if) our engineers will absolutely hate the install procedure.

    # TODO - Check the 'jumpstart' on this version.

    Next step - start playing...

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