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Did you fuck-up really bad the first time you installed a Linux/Unix distro by yourself? 😁

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My first distro was Linux Mint! The first time I installed it, I was up till 3:30 AM trying to install it! It finally happened, I was so overjoyed I couldn't sleep!
Later that day, I realised that I did it all wrong! I then reinstalled it the right way!
I lost all my files! 🀐
I couldn't boot into Windows, either! πŸ™ƒ

@strawberryfieldsforever I tried to set up a dual-boot system and completely borked my Windows partition. This was 21 years ago.

@strawberryfieldsforever Actually wait no, not the first time, but the first time I installed arch, I definitely did.

@avery
haha!
Arch is.......an interesting distro, to say the least! 😁

@strawberryfieldsforever I mean I think it's wonderful lol, literally the most epic distro ever cx

@avery
haha!
I have used Arch-based distros, but I never dared to try Arch! 😁

@strawberryfieldsforever No, just the freedom it gives and all the packages in the AUR.

@strawberryfieldsforever oh yeah, absolutely. i have some incredible fuck-up stories i should tell

@strawberryfieldsforever the reason I switched 100% to Linux is because I deleted the bootloader and didn't know I could still access my windows partition!

@strawberryfieldsforever I installed a dual-boot Linux with grub on a partition following the windows partition. The boot loader would load grub, which let me choose windows or Linux.

Later, in windows, I split the Windows partition in two. Next time I booted up, I couldn't boot at all, because the partition number with grub on it was different from that configured in the boot sector.

@strawberryfieldsforever It booted into a sort of minimal shell which I had to figure out how to use. Not EFI shell, it may have been pre-EFI. I don't know what I did, but I think I managed to start grub eventually.

@strawberryfieldsforever I didn't even manage to get stuff to boot. Locked myself out of my laptop for weeks. Second attempt went smoothly. No issues.
@strawberryfieldsforever am currently trying to learn command line. Here's hoping I don't break anything again

@strawberryfieldsforever Geez, I don’t even remember, it was Slackware πŸ˜†

@zigg
WoW! I never even saw how it works!
How was Slackware? πŸ˜ƒ

@strawberryfieldsforever I can’t say I remember a lot about it other than I think it really didn’t have much of an installer, just a bunch of tarballs to extract? Man that was a long time ago!

I think my next stop was Debian and I stayed there quite awhile.

@zigg
haha! I tried so hard to install Debian, but it didn't happen!
I am gonna try again!

@strawberryfieldsforever I guess I fucked up Whonix but I got the hang of it eventually. It's fairly easy as distros go

@strawberryfieldsforever

Nope, when I got my laptop it was already pre-installed with Ubuntu. So when I first time installed a distro (Trisquel GNU/Linux), it was successful.

I don't think new users should try install an operating system by themselves, they should ask someone capable of doing it.

@redstarfish
Why not?
It's a fun and a learning experience, right? When you do it by yourself, by reading from various sources!

@strawberryfieldsforever

It maybe fun for people who are interested in computers or just want to learn about it.

For people who just want to use a computer, it is just another unnecessary learning curve (because using the system is easier than installing). They should just ask someone to install it for them. Experienced users who are into installing OS would do a much better job than a novice.

@redstarfish @strawberryfieldsforever insert usb stick, select language, next, next, next, install

that's about what it takes for Ubuntu
@strawberryfieldsforever not the first time with Linux, but certainly the first times I played around with Arch or NixOS

@strawberryfieldsforever i adore it even though it took me 3 tries to figure out which string of numbers is a disc uuid and picking the wrong one makes the system unbootable and needing to be recovered

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