A rescue distribution.
As of 2016-04-18 - The website is dead, and the project is reported as dormant.
systemd status unknown.
(tested via my experimentation during Lilo is better than Grub)
- 7.9 (X version, with the GRUB bootloader)
7.9 (non-x version)
Uh, right. I thought the name was "Rest In Peace Linux" too. Really not a very good name for a rescue disk.
Boy did that website give a strange impression. So minimal. But not minimal in a good way, minimal in a "built in the 80s" kind of way. Minimal in the "I don't have time for this website nonsense" kind of way. Minimal like a man page. Minimal, like getting yourself to bed by getting kicked in the back of the head by a horse instead of drinking a glass of milk. Minimal like my use of decent prose.
So. Yeah. Kindof a bad impression on that site. But still, I wanted to check it out. I grabbed the standard and non-x versions, just to see if they had different GUI tools which might be cool or something.
I started with the non-x version.
WHAT A WONDERFUL DISTRIBUTION
Damn, this thing was really hiding under that terrible website. I guess I should have said the website was "I don't have time for this website nonsense, because I am hellbent on making this distribution godlike.".
Yes, I really just did a .". on purpose. Suck it, English teachers.
- Fantastic and easy bootup menu
- Great login
- networking works
- Great applications
- Great application lister
- Nano syntax highlighting
All around wonderful to use. All other distributions should be lucky to be half as usable as this.
So I tried GRUB2.
- Nice and easy install, good interface (It's based on some Slackware effort, so that's expected).
Has an odd bugged menu item on its initial install (first step), but that didn't seem to matter.
Rebooted, and.. sda3 was still broken. sda2 was still broken. Umm, sda1 was broken now too! Doh.
Checked out the x version.
- Not bad, but I wish it could do 1920x1200. =)
"backup-mbr" claims it can't access sda!
Fixed my fstab on
sda1, rebooted and got the same issue:
Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
I did some searching to learn that I should be doing a minimal grub, removing any ro root= or hdx= type references.
However, because Grub is impenetrable to regular humans, editing its config file was a nice idea, but there was no way to summon grub and make it "just go" like Lilo does. So it's not useful. Oh, and I only now learned that there actually was a config file. Yep, I had no hint of one ever before.
At this point I got too frustrated at the thought of ever attempting to use Grub again. I won't go near it. It's just too much bullshit to bear the stench of.
So I went on to check some other disks out. Maybe one of them has a working Lilo.