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Ubuntu 7.10 to PCLinuxOS 2008

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I started a new project at a client’s office a month or so ago. On the first day I turned up, and managed to work for about an hour, before my laptop died. Somewhat embarassing. I tried for about an hour to resuscitate it, but couldn’t get it to boot at all: it just died and froze before the KDE login screen. It seemed to be some sort of graphical mishap, and no amount of fiddling with xorg.conf from rescue mode would fix it.

I excused myself, went back home and after some more fiddling, decided to backup and re-install. Having made this decision I was looking through my pile of install CDs, and I came across PCLinuxOS 2008, which I’d downloaded a few weeks previously, and I’d been meaning to try out. “So why not try it out on this laptop?” said the evil part of my brain — the same part which forces me to spend time on Facebook instead of working.

I decided to go ahead with this monstrous plan, partly due to the inexplicable freezing above, and partly because there were a couple of issues I’d never managed to resolve with Ubuntu 7.10, namely:

* Truecrypt wouldn’t work
* Wireless didn’t work very well. It had taken me a couple of days to get it working initially, and it still doesn’t fully work - sometimes dropping the connection.
* One part of my filesystem was mounted twice. I forget which part now, and it was not causing any problems, but it was irritating me.
* Probably some more things as well …

OK, so time to try something new then. I’m not going to dwell on the details, but here’s the shortened version of the process.

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