With my own hand, I was destroy all the data on my notebook. this is not the first time. Thanks to dropbox and flickr (I use simple-smart utility to sync my photos : flickrsmartsync), who saved the most important data on my notebook.
I did this foolish thing several times ; installing new OS, playing with dd, resizing partitions, and at the end, l lost all data. This time, I was playing with clonezilla and found that it was same dangerous as dd utility, especially if you are not affected by caffeine. I’m trying to clone the whole harddisk to other harddisk and see what must be done with Slackware configuration in new clone, especially which need harddisk’s UUID configuration. Unfortunatelly I clone it in wrong direction. The external harddisk was cloned to the notebook, and tadaa! I didn’t notice it until I boot my notebook, and it come up, the innocent face of kernel panic on my screen.
I am not bothered if my data was destroyed, it was helped by the great service of dropbox and flickr. The thing I was worried is the operating system it self, the Slackware 14.0 that installed 1 year 4 months ago (updated from 13.37). Maintain a Slackware system is not easy as the book said, IMHO. I was spending too many hours just to get a thing works, with all this dependency hell, manual typed configuration. Slackware forces me to learn thing deeply, read a bunch of documentations, and adapt to simple principle which seems not. And when my Slackware system was destroyed, I’m not strong enough to redo all these experiences, even if I loving it. Slackware is for the real man (blek quotes) who has too many time to spare (extend by me). Thanks to Patrick Volkerding and the great Slackware community. I don’t leave Slackware, I still maintain it on one of my workplace’s servers.
Testdisk (with it’s photorec) doesnt help to much, but it saves to recover some data that not yet uploaded to cloud storages.
Back to apt-based system
It is like starting a new life, new house, new environment, new wife (ah). I choose ubuntu, one of my favorite distribution when the first time I learn GNU/Linux. The last time I am using ubuntu for daily purpose is when the 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) was released. When Natty was released, I didnt like it’s unity interface, looks like OSX copycat. But now, unity has changed and grow up, it’s user interface design seems great to me.
Now, I rearrange 2 partition on my harddisk, one for root, one for home. No other partition any more, no swap (I think 3GB ram is enough for me). It prevents me to installing other OS alongside. I would use virtual environment for testing purpose, like virtualbox and qemu.
I remember what Ketupang said about GNU/Linux distributions, “Choose one and master it consistently.” From Knoppix to Ubuntu, then Debian, Arch, Slackware, and now back to Ubuntu. I do regret about it. I hope I can live with Ubuntu, as long as it’s support and community is available, and become a general user rather than a geek who always trying to break his system. Too often switching distributions is not good, you always have to learn something new rather than understand it skillful.
Okay, I have talking bullshit. If I have to choose one, then I choose Slackware. Yes, I’m going back to Slackware.
Everytime I running apt-get, I realize that I miss slackpkg and sbopkg. Seriously.
Technical reasons :
Ubuntu have a lots of documentation, with its growing community sites like askubuntu.com , but it isn’t clear as Archlinux’s wiki or Slackware documentation project. The battle of Mir and Wayland also make me hestitate. And I was wrong about dependency thing. Apt and its automatic-dependecy-resolving isn’t really fun as I imagine. I love dependency-hell, no matter what.
by piko, reblogged from http://blog.pdft.net/2013/10/back-to-ubuntu/