Linked by Jay Sabol on Fri 4th Oct 2002 00:49 UTC
Red Hat Well, here on OSNews, there has been plenty of discussion about Red Hat 8, what it is, what it isn't, the Bluecurve look and many other features and issues. I ordered Red Hat 8 Personal Edition and decided to see how close Red Hat 8 may be to a distribution that Joe and Jane User could install and use.
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ACPI
by Elliot on Fri 4th Oct 2002 07:12 UTC

I've been using RedHat 8 for the last few days, and I must say it's definetely the best distro I've ever used!

The only problem with it was that it would install perfectly, but when I'd try to boot it, it would give me a lot of hard drive errors and refuse to boot. This was because I recently built a new PC, an I had used the old IDE cable from my HP. Apparently it's not quite good enough for this motherboard. ;) It's weird, though. Windows XP, BeOS, QNX, and FreeBSD (Sort of, it would give me hard drive errors and stop, but sometimes it would just keep on booting) all worked fine, and Linux didn't. All well, now that it's running I love it. I've even put it on my laptop ;)

The only problem I really see is recompiling the kernel with ACPI. When I used RedHat 7.3 on the laptop, I had to recompile the kernel with ACPI to get sound. So I installed RedHat's kernel sourece, downloaded kernel 2.4.19 and the preemptive kernel and ACPI patches, patched the kernel, make mrproper, copied RedHat's i686 kernel config to .config in the 2.4.19 directory, make xconfig, checked NTFS module (dual booting with XP), preemptive kernel, and all ACPI stuff, make dep, make bzImage, make modules. All is well until it gets to modules, where it decides to stop with some obscure error in a SCSI module. Anyone else experienced anything like this? Is there any way to temporarily downgrade to gcc 2.9 (gcc3 might be causing this error) and try again?