RIP Philo

Day Two: Linux, too many isn't always a good thing

Now I remember why I stopped using linux on the desktop.  Granted, it is still going to take some time getting used to things.

Here is what I have been trying to do.  On windows, I mount this samba mount, took all of about 10 minutes to setup.  You enter the ip/samba mount location; username and password.

Not on linux; that would make too much sense.

First, I test trying to mount through the command-line; and that gave all kinds of errors.  Turns out, the cifs is part of the kernel but I need the samba tools.  I download those.  So, I can mount the filesystem from the command-line.

Now, I want to setup fstab;  Well, after 5 billion variations of the line below; I needed a credentials file, changed the permissions of the file to chmod u+s, change the mode of the credentials file to 600; add uid and gid.

/  /home/user/samba      cifs    auto,rw,user,credentials=/etc/samba/indiasamba.cred  0      0


mkdir -p /home/user/samba


All that being said, the ubuntu people could have just had a simple interface to configure my samba setup.

This is just one configuration setup, I know I will find issues with a billion more in the coming weeks.

On a good note; all of my firefox extensions have installed painlessly.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 6th, 2007 12:17am
I know what you are thinking.  Well it seems that I would have to read the manual on samba clients, running samba servers, kernel modules, kernel hacking, host files, the tcp/ip stack, cisco routers, assembly language for the arm cpu, linus's favorite foods, stallman's shower schedule.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 6th, 2007 12:22am
I think this is a by product of the management structure of open source projects.

No one intends for the user experience to be so shitty. But all the little minor kingdoms are islands to themselves of configuration file styles. So something sensible, like standardizing on XML based configuration files that must all be in the /etc directory is completely out of the question.

The GNU people piss me off the most, with that faggy MAN page thing that has the shittiest UI imaginable. I question the masculinity of any man who advocates that train wreck.
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March 6th, 2007 1:02am
hehe, that is funny, top it off with an 'info' page.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 6th, 2007 1:05am
There is a gui to set up samba in the networking options:

And you can browser the shares in the normal file viewer. You only need to fiddle with textual config files if you want to mount shares as a "real" filesystem. It would be nice to have a configuration gui for that as well.
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