[Arm-netbook] Logging and journaling

Hendrik Boom hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Thu Mar 9 14:37:09 GMT 2017

On Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:35:00 +0000, Lyberta wrote:

> Eric Duhamel:
>> Depending on what you mean by "newbies", I don't think they would know
>> if they want any particular image of GNU/Linux except the one that was
>> designed to run on the product by the maker of the product. After all,
>> they don't know the nooks and crannies of GNU/Linux and would just want
>> to receive a product that works.
> OK, I'm a software developer, not a system administrator. I have no idea
> what 90% of packages installed on my system do. I only use terminal to
> upload my code to the Git repository. But I need g++ 6.
> Debian Jessie has g++ 4.9.2 which is extremely old and none of my
> software will compile there. When I pledged for Debian card, I expected
> stock Debian with maybe a few custom packages which would be explicitly
> marked as such. And the first thing I'd do is to upgrade to Testing
> which as of writing this has g++ 6.3.0.
> Now I'm told that issuing "apt-get dist-upgrade" is taking
> responsibility, etc. So I'm stuck with old and unusable frankendistro
> and on my own if I want to make it work.
> I've chosen GNU/Linux because of its freedom and I've chosen Debian
> because it doesn't have proprietary software in main. I have no idea of
> what is going under the hood. I don't care what init system I run as
> long as it is free software and it boots my PC.
> A couple of years ago I needed to buy a laptop. I've looked for one
> which doesn't come with Windows and I've found one with Ubuntu. Now, I
> really hate Ubuntu and the first thing I've done was to install Debian
> in dual boot. For some reason, Debian couldn't power off my laptop so I
> removed it and I'm still stuck with Ubuntu.
> I know what you're going to say: "You should've looked for the solution
> on the Internet.". Well, sometimes I don't have time and am scared of
> bricking my hardware. I want things to "just work".

If you can boot your machine from USB, you won't brick it by changing the 
OS, because you can boot a Debian or Ubuntu installer and reinstall 
whichever you want.  So your laptop is probably safe.
> It looks like EOMA68-A20 is not going to just work. I don't want it to
> end like my laptop.

Will the EOMA68-A20 boot from USB to run an installer?

-- hendrik

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