I tried to make it work. I tried to ignore the obvious, find ways to excuse the things that were slowly driving me mad about the system. I hated the fact that I had a very slow Windows instance that I never use for anything, and I equally despised how long it took Fedora to get up and get dressed before I could access the system.
There were a few good things, I was making headway into getting the look that I wanted for the workspace, but that is not what this is about. Pretty looks is not the same as mobility and function. I ended up with way too many things on there, and not enough space. Upon wiping my Windows partition, I found that I still did not have a way to add that new space to the Fedora partition, so it was just sitting there unused and dead.
With the slowness, the bloating, and the fact that everything else I am working on is Debian, and I am building something that is going to be around for a while as it grows into its own and stretches out into the world, I had to cut bait.
Ms Fedora is not Rei. Rei is Rei, a project that extends over multiple servers and instances, and isn't really quite as dependant on the exact flavour of Linux I am running, but my wife basically said it right, "You need to get what it is that is really going to make you happy, that you can work with, and [will suit you]". It wasn't Ms Fedora.
I got to a breaking point. There was a lot of cursing and exasperation here today, as Ms Fedora did not want to be ejected, mostly because of the various limitations that Hewlett-Packard had embedded into this laptop, and then further complicated by the actual operating system I was trying to install.
chewing gum and paperclips
There was difficulty with getting the medium onto anything that I could use to install. All of the USB drives I had seemed to have been affected by the cold weather from my vehicle and I could not get them to maintain the copy. You will also notice that when you do a search on burning ISOs to USB that if you are asking on Fedora, it is to write Fedora ISOs. They don't provide tools for anything else (that they really talk about).
When it comes to installing operating systems on many of the systems I have had, if the install means something to me, it will always go awry, it will always come with pain, and my heart and patience will bleed somewhere. Out of many of those installs have come my greatest MacGyver moments. This was most certainly no exception.
I tried this magic back in March. I wanted Debian. Debian would not go. I had the driver issue with iwlwifi (for Intel-based wifi chips, which wouldn't you know, my laptop would have to have.) That was why I shacked up with Ms Fedora in the first place. It went on rather cleanly, was every bit as speedy as Windows, but at least it was installed.
When one is sitting in the front seat of a vehicle loading an operating system at a truck stop, some parts of choice and desire go completely out the window for convenience.
I discovered that MacBooks have a bigoted obsession with not writing to anything formatted to NTFS. There is a utility, produced by Paragon Software that is supposed to help do exactly that. I would like to now give a shout out to Paragon. I hope that they go eff themselves with rusty nails because this is what I most despise.
"Oh hai, please, download our softwarez! Help us beta test our new kewl thingie! It's FREE! Download it! It's FREEEEEEEEE!"
And then it is downloaded, installed, and then pops up another friendly message:
"Oh hai agin. U no have trial peryud, so U pey us munays now. K thx, bai."
That is morally wrong. It is highly unethical and downright painful for people that have a critical need at the moment. If you say it's free, and you're the only game in town, then it had damned well better be free. Free as in beer. Free. No cost.
You, Paragon Software, are a bunch of conniving pricks until you fix this one way or the other. Rant over.
So, for those of you with a busted CD/DVD ROM because your child got obsessively addicted to the Care Bears and Curious George and needed to watch them like a 70s housewife hankered for soap operas, and none of your USB drives works, and you are unable to use your ethernet since most of the folks around you have forgotten what that is, then here's a trick for you.
hold my beer.
I also have an attraction to photography, and the camera stays near me almost all of the time. But it has one medium that was the game-changer. Empty SD cards. Apple doesn't really care about those, because they expect photos to be on them. Apple loves photography like a fat kid loves cake. Linux doesn't care, because if you have an SD drive built into the laptop like I do, it's part of the bus, and Debian can work with that part.
For The Win, folks. I got the driver on, was able to install it, and then edit my sources files and use nmcli to connect to wifi finally. That is an article I am going to have to write in the next week because everyone needs to know how to work with that little utility right there.
It is a very raw install right now. I haven't hammered out the visuals yet. I haven't gotten zsh where it needs to be, and I haven't gotten Rei re-established in her spot on the system. Heck, I haven't even configured git yet. Those are the next steps, and now I will need to keep an eye on what I am loading and what I am working with. No more wasting time with visuals, and more time coding and scripting to get this all together.
So when you see the banner image, think of Rei, setting a flame to those cute little tissue paper thingies that should go up like the Hindenburg but don't, and the end of the Ms Fedora era.
I have now even gotten the nerve to finally put some stickers on my laptop. I will photograph that and post it at some point. Until then, I must go wrap up my disconnection and get out of those Fedora message boards and chat rooms.
Too many memories. Trying to make better ones.