[Dshield] OT - to Antti - Is this normal?

Mercy Mercymail at mindspring.com
Mon Jun 24 21:03:16 GMT 2002

Oh yes, i'm familiar with that LOL.

Last time i tried that, i ended up at a grub prompt not knowing what to do,
and unable to access either linux or windows.

fun fun! (not)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Antti Tolamo" <usenet at linux.tola.org>
To: <list at dshield.org>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Dshield] OT - to Antti - Is this normal?

> At 02:37 24.6.2002 -0400, you wrote:
> >I'd like to set up a dual boot, so i can run my win & linux together.
> I'm not expert in this matter, sorry. :(
> I've deliberetaly tried to avoid dual booting with linux and
> Windows, so I've never really looked how it is done.
> Done it, but I also once created quite mess with it once.
> Be careful, and read the documentation _well_ when doing
> dual booting  and don't do something if you aren't really sure what you're
> doing. Otherwise you may have to reinstall Windows too.
> >I have linux-mandrake somewhre around here.  I bought it a few years ago.
> I'd recommend getting newer.  It can make a big diffrence what hardware is
> supported.
> Newer kernel versions have more and better support than old ones.
> Like  Laura already advised, if you can, burn CD's of newer versions.
> >Seems that linux people don't like to help newbies.  They tell you to
> >the linux pages, and I have, but how the heck am i supposed to know how
> >do it unless i'm looking at the OS on my desktop?
> Quite right. It's 'caveat emperor' with linux. Use at your own
> risk and nobody is responsible if something doesn't work
> or is supported. And not all the documentation is well written
> or informative either. It varies, entirely depending who is the
> author.
> And if one asks stupid and elementary questions,  it's
> sometimes good reason to flame somebody. Linux definetely
> is good OS with impressive track record and I've atleast managed
> to get most things to work,  but not all it's supporters are
> mature persons with ability to
> support newbies.  I guess it is a sort of trade off to fact
> that so many technically skilled people collaborate: they're
> aren't used to teach and share their information to layman
> but only to program and discuss on their level. And I can
> somewhat  understand because there much to know about linux,
> and it is a pain in the ass sometimes to get things done. Thus
> there may not be lot of patience there to answer really simple
> questions that seem to be obvious.
> But it's also a damn big obstacle what comes to helping
> linux to spread. There is not much sense to use
> OS if you don't dare to ask simple(even stupid)
> questions. Newbies get quickly  annoyed and move back
> to Windows after few hostile replies. And I really  can't blame them when
> happens. I've few times also got myself really  annoyed by
> the attitude what I've gotten as a response to a simple question.
> Best help with linux is own help. Unless one finds that rare
> person that has a patience to clarify most simple things.
> Feel free to email me directly and ask anything,  I'll do my best to help
> well as I can.  But I'm not linux expert.
> >Oh well.... one day i'll get it sorted out ;)
> >
> >Mercy
> Take your time, don't rush!
> Antti
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