Re: Did I ask a smart question?
From: Paul Johnson (baloo_at_ursine.ca)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 20:17:00 -0700
On Thursday June 9 2005 8:05 am, Redefined Horizons wrote:
> You guys are going to get tired of hearing from me. :]
Uh oh! When you start saying that, it's time to ask yourself "Am I
asking a smart question?"
> "Your session only lasted less than 10 seconds. If you have not
> logged out yourself, this could mean that there is an installation
> problem or that you may be out of disk space. Try logging in with
> one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix the problem."
Sounds like something in gnome isn't installed right, and it bombed on
login. Someone with more gnome experience can probably figure this
one out, but I suspect purging everything gnome related and
reinstalling that should fix it as effectively as reinstalling but
without the destruction to non-wonky portions of the system.
> I've got a 7GB hard drive, so I don't think I'm out of disk space,
> a possibility presented in the dialog. Just to be sure, I accessed
> the shell from a prompt during the boot process and removed KDE
> using apt-get. This freed up at least 40KB. I then removed and
> reinstalled gnome, thinking that this was the problem. Niether of
> these actions solved the problem.
Did you get all of the dependencies, too? Otherwise you didn't quite
remove all of gnome...gnome and KDE are both *hyoooge* and span
across dozens of packages.
On an aside, I imagine you'll start feeling the pinch of such a small
hard drive real close to /home before long. I'm assuming this is a
second machine you're trying Linux on "to see if it's right for you."
On outdated hardware, I guarantee you're short-selling Linux to
yourself. For a fair fight, you might want to sidelining Windows to
the beater box and making your main box Linux. You'll find a big
performance win on Linux, then. You'll also be able to try out the
latest games to *really* show it off. Try running the Windows
version of Vice City in one of the more complete windows emulators (I
use Cedega from transgaming.com for my Windows gaming needs) and see
how much smoother it plays over than in a native environment for
If nothing else, hard drives are getting close to two gigabytes to the
American dollar, might be worth saving up for something more suitable
than a $3.50 used hard drive to help encourage you to use that system
a little bit more.
Though if that's your primary system and you're not going to have the
kind of money for upgrades any time soon, I've been there, too. My
first Linux box was a i386 with 8MB (later 16MB) of RAM and 110MB of
disk running bo, and later hamm back in the fall of 1997 when I
switched from Microsoft's answer. This was difficult, I had to
reap /usr/doc and /usr/share/doc to make it fit; talk about
steepening the learning curve...
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