Just because something is made for advanced users does not mean that it should be difficult to use.( Collapse )
CentOS is the antithesis of all this wonderful ease of use.
They have a LiveCD, but it doesn't seem to have an installation program, so it's useless for installing.
They have install CDs, but you have to burn eight
of them to install your OS. Actually, I tried just doing a minimal install without selecting even a basic desktop environment
, and it told me I'd need to have CDs 1 through 6 for that!
So I tried burning a "net install" disc. The idea behind those is that it's only a few megabytes in size, and it downloads the actual installer from the web and runs it as if it were on the disc. This is a great idea, except it's a little slow, which is okay. Of course, instead of having a bunch of mirrors already known on the disc, you have to look the location up on the web (using another computer) and type it in. Kind of annoying, but survivable. But then the install met with an "unhandled exception" bug/error which stopped the install in its tracks.
So I'm burning the install DVD. This is an option, but the only way to download it is via a torrent, which I initially assumed my company's firewall would block. Thankfully, it didn't. There are two DVDs, but I just burned the first in the hope that the second isn't needed. Fortunately, it did not require me to burn that, as well.
The installation seemed to go okay, but when I rebooted, there was no network access. Turns out there was a ton of errors in the startup log with scary phrases like "Unknown symbol in module". This probably means that, somehow, the drivers for the computer's built-in network adaptor were compiled for a different version of the OS than the OS it comes with. This is stupid and a sign of very poor quality control.
I am in the process of trying to get a slightly older, more thoroughly tested version of CentOS. It seems that they nuke everything older than bleeding edge, though, as 5.4 wasn't available on any of their usual mirrors. I did eventually find one, and it's downloading.
Also, I told the Genetics Department I'd inform him when the status changes, so I wish he didn't come in every fucking hour for a status update, especially since he's the one who nuked the server.