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Upgrade Hell! - Elf M. Sternberg
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Upgrade Hell!
Under the heading of increadibly freaking stupid, file this. At work, I had one minor bug related to Safari, which is the browser that ships with Mac OS X. Not having a Mac myself, I dug around and discovered that the Unix windowing toolkit KDE 3.2 ships with Konqueror, the browser on which Safari is based (much the same way that Netscape is based on Mozilla), and Konqueror 3.2 even has a javascript debugging tool.

Unfortunately, RedHat only supplied KDE 3.1. Ah, but Fedora 2 ships with KDE 3.2. So in I go to the (blessedly, local) Fedora 2 tree and tell the installer, "install konqueror and all of its dependencies."

This is a bad move. The Fedora version depends on certain qualities in very low-level libraries like libc. Everything goes to Hell. And so, here it is, 9:15 pm, and I am just now gathering the capability to fix and check in the correct versions of my code, and go home.

When will I learn? Build from scratch, or don't mess with the OS.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: Silence: my mp3 player is busted.

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woggie From: woggie Date: April 1st, 2004 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, it's stories like these that keep newbies from trying out Linux.
This may be a good thing, but it also may not be.

It is, however, an incentive to learn programming. :)
elfs From: elfs Date: April 1st, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, my maneuver was about as boneheaded as installing something build
for Windows XP and expecting it to run correctly on Win 95. People do
that. My other bonehead mistake was expecting something from a test build to run correctly on a production OS.
woggie From: woggie Date: April 1st, 2004 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Granted.

So, are you still happy with RedHat? Or have you moved on (and if so, to what)?
I'd like your input if you wouldn't mind giving it.
elfs From: elfs Date: April 1st, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, yeah, I am mostly happy with RedHat. As long as what I install
was build for RedHat, it "just works".

rkda From: rkda Date: April 1st, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of us devoted Mac fanatics would be happy to help with what ever you are testing and fixing if it means it will work with safari.
From: lazarus834 Date: April 2nd, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might want to try mozilla firefox - install that plus the "web developer" plugin and you'll get a whole mess of wonderful javascript tools, as well as other things. I like the idea of using a browser which is completely OS independent, so I can switch to other machines more easily.

Now, if only Thunderbird would support maildir format, then I could use that instead of Kmail!! Do you know of a platform-independent GUI e-mail client that works with maildirs?

warstoke From: warstoke Date: April 3rd, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe now you see why im usining xandros 2.0 pro stable (aka debian stable w/ ms support)
it works wonderfully well
only i need an aol dialer for debian
pengAOL wich compiles and runs fine under redhat 5.0 refueses to compile on any thing using the 2.4.x kernal :(
maybe 2.6 will work once i figure out how to download the 2.6 kernal from xandros using windows aol then transfer and install it on my xandros hard drive :( ( i realy someone to fix this darn crap)
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