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Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Back to Slackware

It's been a while since I updated the phlog/blog. Funny how things like this tend to go in spurts, at least for me. I can write regularly for a while, then lose interest but always come back at some point.

I have an old Thinkpad I use on the rare occasions I travel, I've had Ubuntu on it but grew tired of the breakage after simple updates. The most recent was a complete loss of Network Manager. No idea what happened, but I found out while traveling when I could not attach to any wireless networks. The network-manager applet was gone, and I couldn't connect to even open APs using iwconfig manually. For some strange reason, at boot it would still connect to my home AP automatically. Probably why I never noticed until I had to connect to an outside network.

Anyway, I have very little patience for such bullshit any more, in years past I would have spent days working through a fix, this time I just installed Slackware (I actually first tried to install Trisquel from my FSF member card, but the wireless chipset in my Thinkpad requires non-free drivers). Works like a champ, with zero BS. And I don't have to worry about updates borking the system. In fact, even though 14.1 has been out almost a year, there were only about 20 or so updates (I'm not tracking current, of course). They installed flawlessly.

posted at: 15:32 | path: / | permalink | blog, linux, phlog, slackware, trisquel