[rock-linux] iso-distributions

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Author: Familie Oehler
To: rocklinux
Subject: [rock-linux] iso-distributions

i downloaded several images and tried to install them on my laptop. it is a
pure old pII/266mx with 96mB ram and nice sympatic disc of 2gB (halfe of it
for ?nix). nothing proprietary is in this box. i already installed suse6,
redhat, rock1.[4-6] and so on. only w95 sucks on it eventhough a big sticker
says "designed for windose...". ok back to my weekend work - proper
reporting of the installation processes. i have got a whole set of images a
rock beta6 desktop and minimal, and the new camp image and the new <rock
installation guide>. ups.. here is gentoo and a mandrake fooling around as

all images were checked after download. only cd2/desktop/beta6 had a
different checksum - never mind - the image is clean and that's important.

ok - let us start with the minimal beta6:

after booting it shows the nice boot screen and goes thru the loader
process. the 1st stage boot end with the question <what do you want do do
[1-7]?>. i decide for <5> as it is my fortune number and then the 1 for cd.
the next problem i dont need to waste time for thinking. there is a
<default>, my favored decision - a real YES installation. and the minimal
rock died with <Using /dev/cdroms/cdrom0:>.

never mind there are is some other cds fooling around on my desk. i give the
computer a 5 minute break just for making sure he is forgetting the recent

i feed him the desktop beta6 and give him full power again. same startup
screen and continues after a short time - just fine for writing the
protocoll - great. 1st stage is loaded as well. as it worked fine last time
i don't change my mind - 5 again and 1 for cd and the default.
<Using /dev/cdroms...>
insmod: /lib/modules/2.4.21-rock/kernel/fs/minix/minix.o ... failed
insmod: ...nls_iso8859-1.o ...failed
insmod: ...nls_iso8859-1.o ...failed
Extracting 2nd stage filesystem to ram ...

gzip: stdin: I/O error
tar: Unexpected EOF on archive file
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Can't find /mnt_root/linuxrc!

power off and to the next coffee break.

so - to the camp version i downloaded last night. thank god - you found the
vanished images. same procedure.
<Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel>
i remember same error as in beta5 version of desktop.
no problem i contact the mentioned installation guide in order to get the
necessary information. And there is <>.
i'll have a try with <linux init=initrd.img>. wwwaaaaaau
it goes to
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k nls_iso8859-1, errno =2
read_super_block: can't find a reiserfs filesystem on (dev 03:02, block 64,
size 1024
read_super_block: ....
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:02

power off and to a nice beer - that will help - makes me brave and less
nervous. if it does help to me i'll have the next ones with my laptop.

next is the mandrake 9.1. it boot nicely. o god, that installation is time
consuming. if it will continue with this speed - i'll run out of ..?.. the
installation procedure might unnecessarily slow, but it is working - and
after a hours time the linux version is installed.

some questions - what do you think ?
- how many of the poeple is downloading your images and goes the described
way. get a bad image of rock and --- tell all world about the bad experience
with rock?
- what is the cause of i was not able to install the rock images (i
downloaded mandrake as i did with rock, same way, same hw) ?
- how much brave do i need to get rock installed? (8 coffee, 4 beers, 2
château, 1 jonny)

what motivation could make me try to install a rock-linux over a running
installation? i can live with all at&d and bsd systems.
what would you do?

sorry for my english - obviously not my native language :-))

have fun

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