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?

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.

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.
.

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....

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.

Right. Rethink. That then.

"an efi system partition is necessary to start debian. Create a fat32 file system for boot, with boot flag, at /boot.

Doh I knew that.

And there it goes. Started.

Will it fail at 40 percent half a dozen times until I get better install media? Who knows. It's incredible any of this stuff works at all.

Done. It's installed.

I have bash and Firefox, so I can at least definitely do my job on Monday.

But next I want to fill the left over space with a zfs pool, and move home there.

Well. Ideally that. But you have to turn off X-11 to do that. Which means using the console.

And the console is filled with rude error messages about failing to read a bluetooth device.

Every second.

Great.

I don't care if bluetooth works or not, but I do need it to not fill my screen with errors constantly.

Follow

>dmesg -n 1

Will make the console shut up with the errors so you can think at least.

But now my curry is here.

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Everyone seems to love their graphical splashes. Showing a nice graphic instead of showing what's actually going on.

I hate that.

I don't want a Graphical Login Manager.

Ugh.

Makes it awkward to do graphics-drives jobs, means you can't see what's going on.

> vi /etc/default/grub

Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to ="text"

Then disable the stupid display-manager:

> sudo systemctl disable lightdm

Now X won't start until I want X to start.

But the old graphics drives will still start, and we wanna stop that so we can replace them with the new ones:

> vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf

Add the lines:
blacklist nouveau
options nouveau modeset=0

Then reboot (boo!)

Once we once again re-stop that torrent of bluetooth errors we can actually run the graphics drivers!

Spent far too long wondering why the second monitor wouldn't work until I realized I unplugged it when the curry arrived so I could maneuver the projector screen open.

Doh.

So NVidia on Debian is working, and I get to actually watch the text of the boot-up instead of being blind-folded by a graphics start screen.

And also have a console to fix any graphics issues.

Now I'm not blind-folded, I can see boot up is delayed massively by this on-board bluetooth device flooding errors and trying to re-connect over and over again.

I assume this is some proprietary driver that I have to download but I wonder how I find out how to do that...

Both Bluetooth and Wiki look like they might tale some figuring out, whereas I'm gonna need to be able to Video-Talk with my family in the morning!

So can I get my webcam running through Jitsi? With the mic?

First, we need to shut off these damn Bluetooth errors by just disabling bluetooth and wifi:

> vi /etc/modprobe.d/bluetooth-blacklist.conf

Add:
blacklist btrtl
blacklist btbcm
blacklist btintel
blacklist btusb

And reboot.

Ah. no more bluetooth errors.

And Jitsi appears to work, both from the USB mic and from the camera and the speakers are working.

So I'm good to go for meeting tomorrow. Probably a long way away from having Steam and Unity and VR installed yet.

Looks like Bluetooth and WIfi may be tricky in Debian.

New computers eh?

Bedtime though.

Tell you what though, it's remarkable how simlar XFCE4 has been for ages with how Windows 11 is now:

Things were going okay, got ZFS up and running, got the old drives mounted to copy things.

How strange, networking has stopped. Networking's not working.

...

Oh fuck.

I did "apt autoremove" at some point, and it's removed network-manager.

Why the hell would it do that?

How on earth am I gonna get it back with no network?

Fuck. Is this a re-install moment. God damnit.

Solution to that: Fetch all these .deb files manually with the laptop, copy 'em over via a usb key and install with dpkg.

phew!

dnsmasq-base_2.85-1_amd64.deb libnfnetlink0_1.0.1-3+b1_amd64.deb
iptables_1.8.7-1_amd64.deb libnm0_1.30.0-2_amd64.deb
libbluetooth3_5.55-3.1_amd64.deb libteamdctl0_1.31-1_amd64.deb
libip6tc2_1.8.7-1_amd64.deb network-manager_1.30.0-2_amd64.deb
libndp0_1.6-1+b1_amd64.deb libnetfilter-conntrack3_1.0.8-3_amd64.deb

I have so much data. Why must I now decide to re-organize it? Why not just mount /home and suffer the cruft like usual?

Got enough of the migration and reorganisation done that all the dot files and config I want is there, and all I have decided to ditch is gone.

Most of my apps aren't installed. For some reason a font is wrong. But that's my desktop back on the new machine.

I think In theory I have a list of everything I installed after last time. Wonder if I can find it, and how up to date I kept it.

Man, I have so much data. Amazing how distracting a data-copy that's clearly going to take like two days can be.

Meanwhile, here are all the extensions I installed on my new computer yesterday:

AdBlock Plus: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Ghostery: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Element Blocker: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Cookie Editor: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Auto-Reader-view: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

NoScript: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Vimium FF: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

New-Tab Override: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

Theme: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

You're welcome, but don't everyone start using the theme in your screenshots, it'll confuse me.

Multi-containers is no longer needed as a plug-in, it's included anyway and just has to be turned on in the settings.

@pre Whatever you do, don't think: I can throw out the dotfiles after porting my config.

Lost my .blender directory that way and a ton of work with it.

@rook Top tip. Yeah. I'll avoid any actual deletion of things for a while.

I think I have about three generations of just-in-case co/pies of /etc/ too

@gedvondur Hummm. I believe my home-directory config has some kind of extra blocking lists for ad-block plus to make it include way more social-trackers and things.

Been ages since I installed it. Should check it's made it though the move really.

Are there any similar lists I should know about and subscribe to for uBlock? Or does it already just block all of Facebook and things with a setting?

@pre Honestly, I'm not sure. I block most things with Pihole and I don't really use facebook. I do know that uBlock hasn't been intrusive in terms of breaking functionality.

@pre Although I have to thank you, there are one or two extensions you listed I did not know about, so thanks!

@gedvondur
Ahha, that was him "fanboy" and his annoyances: Blocks all those fucking "share" and "like" buttons that use the facebook libraries and track your shadow-profile.

And other stuff.

Seems there is a uBlock version.

fanboy.co.nz/

@gedvondur Okay, didn't have that or indeed any other settings in Adblock.

Have switched on uBlock instead for a bit, with Fanboy's full list.

If I start seeing more ads I'm switching back.

@pre you won't be using a graphical display manager, but will you instead be using a text based one like 'ly'? 🙂👍

@RyuKurisu yes. This is what a computer should look like as it boots. Informative logging, not a logo on a splash screen.

And this is what it should look like when it's finished booting. Just a text login and no fancy graphics.

Then I can startx if I need it. Or more usually run my start script which also ensures drives are mounted and v4loopback starts and stuff.

@pre I'm thinking of doing Alpine Linux and use 'ly' as display manager (considering I'm actually a graphical laptop user) and the Lumina Desktop. Just because I can 🙂👍

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