New computer day!

Haven't installed since last millennium. Wonder how that'll go? Easier or harder than on the other drive?

If you never see me again I failed to get it working.

Just kidding of course. I've got my phone.

It is built!

But it is empty. I have a windows 11 iso on a memory stick.

Let's see how it goes.

Oh.

It says no device drivers where found.

Doesn't say what device it's talking about.

I unplugged all the vr stuff and tried again.

Same.

Graphics drivers probably? Am I supposed to download graphics drivers with my phone now?

Luckily I'm the kinda guy who also has a laptop, but nvidia drivers seem to just be some exe files, not the dll type thing I'd expect.

Putting them on anither USB drive (I'm the kinda guy with multiple USB keys around) and navigating to it in browse doesn't show any matching files.

Um.

Oh. The mother board came with a dvd. Maybe it's the mother board, Maybe it's on there?

Sure would be good to know which device it wanted drivers for. There seems to be quite a list.

Doesn't seem to be any kind of select-all. "chipset" gives me a list of windows 10 drivers (will they work)?

Um.

WiFi? Wifi are notoriously bad in Linux world coz so many are none free.

...

Nope. No new drivers found.

Sure would be good to know which device it is talking about. Oo ee.

I'm gonna take it apart and remove the graphics card. Try the on board graphics to start with then upgrade after install?

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Is this further, or less far? I've unplugged everything except the install USB key, the keyboard.

Usually I take the approach that I should have everything plugged in at install coz it'll probably get scanned and auto installed.

I guess it's not like that in windows land.

At least this time it's saying what type of device it can't grok: media.

Humm.

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Searching around it seems that I might have up update the bios to work with win 11. Or maybe change the pch-fw config?

That's a hardware tpm. Trusted computing they call it. Encryption keys. Apparently it needs to be enabled for win 11.
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The bios update files come with a exe that has to be run to work out a file name. But I don't have a currently working windows machine on which to run the renamer.

So I need a working windows machine to run the bios update the get the windows machine working.

Why does this file need renaming? Why not just name it right? Hummm.

Managed to flash a new bios, renaming the file manually to one mentioned in a web post.

Still says it can't find a media driver though.

Proper stuck now.

My only hope is that when I install debian tomorrow the unity3d/vr stuff will have improved enough I don't need windows any more.

Okay, so if you use Ubuntu's iso burner or you dd from the command line you build a broken boot image.

Instead, you need to format the drive with ex fat and then copy the individual files from the iso archive onto the newly formatted partition.

Don't use fat32. Some files are too large for fat32.

It's got as far as asking for my registration key now.

Day two of trying to install windows.

People online say that error might indicate bad ram or a bad install disk.

So I removed most of the ram and tried this sd card reader that I have to hold together with an elastic band.

And we have some success.

Dunno if it's the ram or install disk that's questionable now though. Poor scientific method changing both at once.

Localization, keyboard input selection, network connection selection, updates, name the machine after a buffy character, and it does the second reboot.

Now it's asking for a pin

Wtf?

Oh, apparently it can be a full password. Phew!

Location services? No thanks. It never moves.

Find my device? It's huge and lives in a cupboard! What? No.

Diagnostics to MS? No thanks. Though there is no "no", only a "required only" :(

Inkling any typing can be sent directly to ms to be "improved". Ugh. God no.

If I want the adverts I see to be tailored to my tastes I can let ms spy on me to decide which ones. There is no option to have no adverts in my os, so best option is "the ads you see will be more generic" :(

Let aps use an advertising id?? Fuck no.

Then they are nosy asking me how I'll use the machine. Skip that.

Backup my files on one drive? Are you mad?

Try premium apps for free for a month then 80 quid a month there after? Ha. Nope. Libre office is free for all the other months too.

Checking for updates. Again. Rebooting for the forth time.

Next is an error. Can't sign into one drive.

Well, yeah, I don't have a one drive account so far as I know and don't trust ms with my files. Guess I'll see this error every boot then? Nice.

Seems to be in win11 now. Time to reboot with the graphics card and all the ram and stuff plugged back in...

Was gonna use Edge to download the nvidia drivers, but it started with a message signing me in before the browser even finished launching. So. Ms are watching my browser?

Getfirefox.com before even graphics drivers I guess.

Needed a shell to fetch my passwords from my unix machines so installed git for git bash.

Graphics drivers seem to have installed okay. Reboot required again though. Seemed a very quick reboot but wasn't paying much attention. Hopefully there was a moment I could press an f key to boot from another drive or the duel boot to Linux could be tricky.

Changed graphics setting: nvidia control panel / manage 3d / power management = Max performance. We don't need do save battery with this machine.

Apparently I need to "activate" windows before I can pick a dark theme. And I guess my old motherboards licence key ain't gonna cut it.

No free upgrade for me :(

It's two hundred and twenty pounds. Fuck me.

Perhaps I'll leave that there and only worry about it if steam vr still ain't working in the latest Linux version.

Brunch. And then installing debian then....

Maybe a long brunch. Copying all my data from the drive destined to be wiped for a Debian install onto this new Windows drive is apparently going to take nearly four hours.

Its a lot of data but hopefully that's just a bad estimate.

It wants to update and restart again.

But at a quick glance, and baring in mind it's just been installed in about the fastest computer I could buy, it seemed okay.

Assuming there's a dark theme the task-bar and widgets work well together and the widgets can be easily turned the fuck off.

The chat-app and the link to the microsoft store in the chat app could be easily removed with just four quick clicks.

The search feels creepy the way it combines web-results with on-machine results and so presumably shares all on-machine queries with the web. Someone on the web at least.

It too can be removed from the task bar easily.

Git-bash worked well and Firefox is fast.

The start-menu is fast sane and not ugly, but again feels a bit creepy with search and adverts of sorts in it.

Now I'm going to close it down and remove the hard-drive, plug in the other one and boot the Debian installer.

I've done this one more like a dozen times this millennium but very new hardware is often a pain and I've never tried to do it with a ZFS partition before.

I will not have to pay 200 pounds, whether I pass "go" on the upgrade escalator monopoly game or not.

Dunno why it wouldn't boot the net installer. Probably burned it wrong or something. Nothing else would boot it either.

We have booted a xfce live installer though. Speech synthesis installers too now.

Shall I try the live? Don't think I've tried a live debian installer before.

There she is! Hello debian. Interesting choice to put the main monitor on the opposite one to the boot loader.

You see that drive labelled "boot", I hope to install you on there.

British English in London time zone please.

When picking a keyboard layout debian is doing something I couldn't do in win: let me type to test if it's right .

200 gig ext4 for root, a hundred gig for swap

We'll call the rest exfat for now but the intention is zfs later.

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Didn't literally put /home on ZFS in the end, but I did put symlinks from /home to some ZFS pools.

~/doc for current documents/projects. It will be backed up and it's on a fast nvme drive, but it's too small for everything so:

~/arc is for archived documents/projects. It will be backed up too, but it's on a much bigger HDD

~/pub for music and movies and stuff doesn't need backing up.

Took fucking *ages* to move all that data onto emergency store so I could add the drives to zfs and then move them onto zfs partitions.

Done now though.

I said of Debian install that "Very new hardware is often a pain".

And sure enough, the Wifi and Bluetooth and Microphone-socket are the hardware that's tricky.

Possibly need a newer kernel for the mic at least.

So. Upgrading to testing/bookworm...

Fuck me I hate the bleeding edge.

Apparently the drivers I downloaded from Nvidia like last week are out of date for the Testing kernel. Had to download newer ones.

Maybe I downloaded a "stable" instead of "newest" or something.

Anyway.

With that fixed I'm on Bookworm now. And sound isn't working at all. Pavctrl can't connect to Pulseaudio.

I through Pulseaudio was dead now, replaced by pipewire?

Ugh...

> apt install pipewire-pulse

Not sure why it didn't do that on it's own. I spent so long following defunct Buster instructions.

Audio output working again now.

Mic still fucked though.

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Pipewire is indeed the sound-driver in Debian now. But there's a package "pipewire-pulse" that gives Pipewire it's Pulseaudio interface.

That got uninistalled during the switch to Testing I think.

Still didn't fix the internal microphone socket though. Hey ho. A five dollar USB sound-card works.

Bluetooth on this Rog Strix board only sort-of works and only on a hard-reboot. After a soft reboot it disappears. Seems likely these issues aren't even fixed in the kernel yet, let alone made their way to Debian Testing.

Hopefully one day.

The wifi works at least, now I have the latest firmware.

Hopefully today's install of and and will go better.

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So, want more than 200 quid for a license key from their website, but if you buy one from some re-seller they're more like 30 quid?

And they are available at a range of prices where the price seems to match the varying degrees of apparent dogyness of the site.

Presumably some of them are so dodgy they just won't work?

Is there a line where it becomes pirate? How much is it at that line and why can't I buy it at that price from MS directly?

Windows is so confusing.

Decide today how piratey you want to be!

For zero dollars you can be completely piratey and download a hack to avoid a licence key.

For ten dollars you can be fairly swashbuckling and buy a stolen licence key from someone who'll never know they lost it.

For thirty dollars you can be a crown-licenced privateer and buy second-hand bankruptcy windows licence stock.

For a hundred dollars you can be barely piratey at all and buy a student licence.

Or for two hundred you can be the full sucker not-pirate-at-all price what-are-you-a-lawyer price?

Is that how it works?

On a new windows 11 machine, I have installed:

= Network Privacy =
First things first, a VPN.

= Command Line =
ssh, git, bash, vim

I live on the internet, I flit from server to server asking "whoami" often to remember what machine I'm even operating.

I need these tools to operate a computer as a part of the network. It's how you move files between machines, it's how one machine controls another, it's the keys to admin life.

On windows, the git package installs a "git-bash", which is like a one-arm-tied-behind-your-back version of a proper Bash terminal but you can use it well enough to escape to a shell on a server with a real Gnu system and it'll run git and vim.

= Private Messaging =
Signal desktop

Also great for sending copy/pastia between phones and other machines.

= Public Messaging =
Telegram desktop

Groups and chats that want a permanent record are better not in private-messenger Signal.

Plus many folks still not on Signal.

= Web =
Firefox

With all the plugins as up-thread for defensive browsing.

Also no-doubt Chrome when I have to investigate some bug that only shows in Chrome.

That's the basic set to make the computer operate, but really you're gonna want level two as well to do any actual work.

= Graphics Editing =
Krita
Gimp

Transitioning to the former, which seems nicer in many ways. But i still have many xcf files and Gimp habits and very little Krita practice so far. Will have both for a long while yet.

= Photo Development =
DarkTable

I don't do a lot of that though really. Probably won't come up at all in Windows

= 3d Modeling/Video Editing =
Blender

Blender is my favorite tool after Vim, if you want to edit something that isn't a text file then Blender is the first best bet. Mostly 3d-models and video and image compositing but so much more.

Two versions actually. Still need 2.79 for various reasons. Embarrassing. Must fix that.

= Sound Editing =
Audacity

Basic fast easy.

It's been bought, and maybe getting more corporate/spy-y?

Which arguably might lead to better support and faster development

But it's open and there's a fork: Tenacity.

Tenacity haven't done an actual non-test release yet though so think about that later, they sound busy and excited though.

= Audio Workstation =
Ardour

It's far more than just a wav-mixer like Audacity is. For making tunes not just touching up a quick wave.

= Spreadsheet / Print-editing / Office =
Libre-office.

Though I don't do a huge amount of that, and what I do do I do in Debian anyway. So doubt I'll have to install it on Win.

They all work as well, (sometimes better) on Debian/Gnu/Linux, and most are install able by just passing their name to "apt".

> apt install wget gimp krita obs-studio audacity rhythmbox borgbackup darktable lmms rhythmbox ardour bash-completion clusterssh git usbutils

Does most of that and more.

Some have a dark theme on these days too!

Mostly they're free software, some of which I support by donation, and none of them try and make me feel like a criminal to extort 200 quid or apparently maliciously spy on me.

Blender literally says "You are breathtaking! ❤ Blender is now yours to keep. Forever." while Microsoft is all like "You are a criminal unless you give us 200 pounds. Psst, if you can't afford it, see the man in a trenchcoat there who we sold a giga-licence to on the cheap".

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@pre there is always that firmware update tool in Linux you could try before trying to install Windows again?

Besides that I can't tell about unity3d/vr in any distro, let alone Debian. My gut feeling is that you'll have better luck further downstream with Pop_OS! 😎👍

@pre pulse somehow won over enterprise, so anything that got ported to linux usually only supports that one interface. Distros pretty much had to make it the only option to compete, and I stopped trying to do audio on linux.

lmk if pipewire is as good as they say. I'll have zero windows machines in the near future and I'm curious about how well that's going to go in the sound department.

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@pre Could you disable loading OneDrive on boot? Dunno if it's possible on 11, but would be worth looking into...

@dheadshot I expect there's a setting.

I'll worry about it after I pay the ransom.

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