Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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"Not being funny, but the other day I install Fedora 17. Booted from USB stick, I had an error that basically stopped the live distro to boot up, google the problem and there were clues on how to fix the problem. I made a guess that I had to remap the UUID of the USB drive in Grub so I resorted to writing UUIDs of disks down (one was 16 characters long and I think it was my SD card)."

I've had long standing issues with Grub on removable media. Infuriatingly they didn't fix this with grub2. The partition map grub used was probably incorrect for your system, and grub stabs around cluelessly loading from arbitrary drives. If you manually fixed the UUID, you should also check that it's loading the right kernel as well. It might still be using a kernel on your hard drive and just using the UUID to boot the distro on your sd-card.

Is this an image you compiled yourself? Most linux live boot disks use syslinux instead because it doesn't get confused about what media it needs to boot off of.

"The thing is that with a lot of Windows errors there tends to be a work around ... when Linux dumps you at a terminal with a cryptic error message or something just offers no output after erroring out..."

There's no excusing the grub problem you had, but I don't think your generalisation is fair. Sometimes the easiest path to fixing a windows problem is to reinstall it.

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