Linux? Tale of a noob using Fedora

Hey, this is inawarminister. Sorry for the long pause in posts. It seems that I am not suited for a blog, since I don’t really like writing large, wall-o’-text, except if they are for debating. Internet debates (and trolling, anti-trolling, flamewars) are fun~ :>

Anyway, I have manages to successfully lobby my father into allowing me install Linux, and he gave me our old desktop to be messed with, freely (this is an old story). Because I really, really ♥ to lazying around, I have only recently installed a distro on it (I am side-loading a Fedora on my main comp, with 0.1 second of grub-wait, so yesssh). Because I am a KDE fanboy, I install the KDE-mix live CD. And… It works! Even though it’s a Pentium 4-equipped, 5 years old desktop! (The monitor is still a CRT! A Compaq :P)


Anyway, K-Fedora came with KDE 4.4, which has MASSIVE SPEED INCREASE when compared to 4.3 (I know this from experience). However, due to the old-ness of the parts, KDE LAGS on this… irfan.oldcomp. Thankfully, the lag has been minimised by selecting Low Resolution > Low CPU on the desktop effect setting.

I loves KDE desktop, and I love Plasma and those cute, lil’ plasmoids. But I still love GTK apps more. So I typed yum install firefox, and yum install thunderbird, and all. Yes, I’m hypocrite like that :>

After that, a notification came up. Security updates. I click Review and Apply. Blah blah blah. Now I switched into my main comp and listened to GODLY AWESOME ARRANGES of Touhou BGMs :>. Aaaaand… Disaster struck. Next afternoon, when I am powering up the oldcomp, a BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH (BSoD!) appears! With words :

kernel panic – not syncing :VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown block (0,0)
So I googled it. I know what kernel panic means — And I become panic myself. Hey, I am a Windows user! We usually don’t have the kernel itself fails, only the drivers or dll of it.
Anyway, that seems to be caused of a corrupt installation of a kernel. I frowned : “What the hell, I didn’t authorised a new kernel and all”. Then duh, Fedora is (in)famous for updating KERNELs in regular security update. And this is usual in Fedora (hey, Fedora is for ADVANCED USERS, not NOOBS like you, inawarminister!)
Solutions exist, of course, like every other Linux problems out there. Problem is, I wanted an easy-to-install, easy-to-run, easy-to-maintain OS. So I abandoned Fedora, sorry ._. Now, I have burned a live CD of kubuntu 10.4, and waiting for tomorrow, when I’m home again, to install it.
    • inawarminister
    • August 14th, 2010

    Please, comment, everybody!

    • blog_hits++;
    • May 12th, 2012

    If you want a noob-friendly version of Fedora, try Fuduntu.
    Fedora package manager is slow as heck at searching packages through.

      • inawarminister
      • June 7th, 2012

      Yeah, I moved to OpenSUSE. I’m off Linux now though, etc. But I’m looking to install Arch sometime soon anyway

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