April 19, 2003

Nerdfest 2003

Well, I finally managed to get my linux box back to a semi-working state. It took only a few hours to discover that Red Hat Linux insists that it needs to mangle the DNS server address you give it into something that, well, doesn't stand a chance of working. Fixed that. Now I just need to figure out how to make it boot without explicit instructions about how to do it successfully.

My brother-in-law has convinced me to take another look at a free version of SmallTalk called Squeak. Sadly the installation process leaves a lot to be desired. Download four different files. No, wait, it's only three. Now run an installation script - or are there four, er, three installation scripts? Try running the program and it complains about libraries being the wrong version even though when I check they seem to be the right version. Search for the error message on Google to see if anyone else had the same problem. SUCCESS! Unfortunately, they didn't know how to fix it either. Complain about the whole mess in my blog before finally giving up and going to sleep.

Posted by thom at April 19, 2003 02:50 AM
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