Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Three days after I concluded that Automatix had been behind the collapse of an Ubuntu install on iTWire editor Stan Beer's PC, there was an additional nugget of information about a second factor which could have contributed to the problem - a stick of RAM that had gone bad.
I have Ubuntu 7.10 running on a PC built from old bits and pices - an Asus A7N8X motherboard, a AMD XP 2600 processor, a bog standard GeFORCE video card, an 80GB WD drive and 2 GB of RAM. Yes, it's not exactly downmarket even though I say old bits and pieces!
After writing my last piece, I decided to walk into the lion's den myself and installed Automatix 2 on this box, using the instructions from the developers' website. That bit went okay, which is more than I can say for what happened later.