Because cfdisk is Haaaaard.

April 14th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted  |  1 Comment


Novell comments on its transition to Linux desktops:

“I don’t know if you’ve ever tried, but it’s pretty hard to remove Windows from a machine, so many have just left it there. We’ll get those off with time.”


I hear that Windows actually has small nano-particles that are smuggled in on the install disk and attach themselves to bits of the host computer. They have little nano-claws and little nano-grappling hooks and little nano-tentacles with little nano-suckers on the end. They cling and cling and cling. No matter how hard your nerd scrubs with special Linux-brand computer cleaner, the Windows nanites cling and cling and cling.

Finally, your nerd gives up and goes back to whatever he was doing, which probably involves harassing Novell for not getting rid of Windows on all its computers.

I’m sort of torn: On the one hand, I’d like to savage sites like DesktopLinux, which feel the need to dash off a quick e-mail to Novell employees to get to the bottom of scurrilous claims that someone might have a use for Windows that Linux can’t meet; on the other, I wouldn’t mind heaping opprobrium on Novell for wasting its time with a stammering, heavily qualified answer because it’s afraid the fanboys might stop liking it.

Probably I should heap some scorn on me, too, for even noticing this story and commenting. Maybe if I didn’t keep seeing stuff like this year after year I wouldn’t bother, but there’s something about the ever-replenishing supply of OS fanatics who can’t come to grips with a multi-platform world that makes me want to shake the whole interweb until its teeth rattle.

Meanwhile, in the interest of equal time:

Users Find Flaw in Boot Camp:

> Some Mac users are reporting problems with Apple’s Boot Camp, the software that lets Intel-based Macs run Windows. Ironically, some users have said been stuck with Windows, with their hardware left unable to reboot the Mac OS.

> ‘This isn’t a minor glitch, but a major problem. Barring erasing my drive and reinstalling OS X, I am stuck with an Apple laptop that only runs Windows,’ wrote a user. ‘I don’t want solutions that entail using the command line. I would like something from Apple saying that they recognize the problem and are working on it.'”

That sort of rekindles the old tech bigot in me, who’d say “If you aren’t willing to type something into the command line to fix your problem, you probably deserve to be stuck with a Macbook that only runs Windows.”

My own Boot Camp experience, by the way, has been satisfactory. I used it yesterday so I could listen in on a webcast without worrying about the usual rigamarole with online streaming media, and I’ve got all the basic support apps installed on it. The Intel iMac makes for a very smooth Windows machine.

Two beefs: It ignores the presence of connected speakers in favor of using the iMac’s built-in speakers, and it resets the clock to UTC every time it boots, which I absolutely do not understand but will assume has something to do with the fake BIOS trickery Apple had to employ to get it all to work.

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