I've been running Mandrake 6.1 on my laptop and on my main
desktop machine since it came out last December. I'm
supposed to give a presentation on Linux on laptops to the
eug-lug next month, so
I decided I should be running a less paleozoic release on
So I'm going to install Mandrake 7.1. It's a Sony Z505RX,
a USB floppy drive and a PCMCIA CD-ROM.
Went to bed last night while backing up the whole disk
the Ethernet to my desktop machine (which I just recently
upgraded to a whopping 46 Gb drive). This morning, I started
The install itself went pretty well. I quickly figured out
that I can
boot the pcmcia install floppy from my unsupported-in-Linux
floppy drive, then access the CD-ROM if (and only if) the CD
is loaded when the installer probes for the drive. (But not
at boot time, or
it'll boot off the CD, which can't see a PCMCIA CD-ROM
It failed the first time, not enough free disk space. Moved
hundred Mb of photos onto the desktop machine's 46 Gb disk
and found an
old Mandrake 7.0 ISO image to delete.
Anyway, the installer ran for nearly four hours. I don't
it was so slow.
Interlude: shopping, car maintenance, and digging a
Several months ago, we had a plumber add a valve to the
front lawn's sprinkler system. He managed to start a fire
(comedy of errors) and torched one of the boxwood bushes in
the hedge. Anne has been hacking at the bush trying to get
it to recover, but we finally gave it up. She was working on
and I went out to help. Dug up the
half-dead bush. Now we need a
live bush to replace it.
Car's been handling funny, the tires were low. Pumped
them up. added 5 PSI all around, but the right rear was at
12 PSI. (It's been leaking since late spring. I need to call
the Tire Rack
tomorrow and get new tires anyway. (their web site says it
uses SSL, but it doesn't.
What's up with that?) Anne pumped
her tires up too.
Then I jacked my car up and took off the right front wheel
to find out what the noise coming from that area is. The
plastic fender liner had come loose and was rubbing on the
wheel. The plastic looked
sound, so I bolted it back in place. Anne noticed that the
was hanging down on the right, and bolting the fender liner
made the bumper look better.
Then, shower. (It's about 2:30).
Then, off to Men's Wearhouse for a suit. My cousin back in
The Old Country (aka back east) is getting married. He's
25; what's a guy doing getting married at that age? Spent
about an hour trying suits and ties and stuff. Now I have a
suit like men wear in The Old Country.
I doubt I will wear this suit five times in the next five
Late lunch/early dinner at Willow Street Pizza. Excellent
and good beer, too.
Then to OSH for plants. Bought six (6) boxwoods and Anne got
a Mandarin tree. I think the Mandarin was an impulse
Then back home. It's getting dark, so Anne hooks up some
lights on extension cords while I dig the holes to plant two
of our new boxwoods. Shortly the job is done.
Just before the shower, I booted Mandrake 7.1 and started
the Mandrake updates from Sourceforge to my desktop machine.
(Did I mention that it has a 46 Gb disk now? (-: ) So now
trying to find out what all has broken and fix it.
First is xmodmap. For some reason, Mandrake disabled the
use of $HOME/.Xmodmap. Who knows why?
Second is PCMCIA card services. Mandrake 7.1 uses pcmcia-cs
3.14, which doesn't work reliably with my laptop. Gotta
build a new
kernel to get pcmcia-cs up to rev (and to install the
So that's where I am now. Compiling a kernel. No CD-ROM or
wireless until that's done.
About 9:30 pm, started baking a batch of blueberry muffins,
my mom's killer recipe. Yummmm!
Upgrading Linux is a big waste of time. Er, I mean, you
waste a lot
time upgrading Linux.
Accomplished some good stuff today, but not on the computer.
Did more things with Anne than any other day in memory.
That was good.