One of my dirty little secrets is that I have never successfully installed Linux on anything. I've tried many times over the years, because I bought
into the idea that it could revitalise old computers. I'd cobble together a 486 processor, some no-name disk controller, a clonky old hard disk, a VGA
card from the Boer War, and off we'd go. My Linux experience terminated shortly thereafter with an incomprehensible error message concerning IRQ 9,
lost interrupts or goblins in the bidirectional bus buffers. Fair enough. I didn't get where I am today by not courting gratuitous hardware problems
through trying to do things on the cheap.
January 8, 2004