hurd salvageing / reinstalling advice
I have some sad news: the machine I used for years to test HURD
developed a problem. Just a little after that the infamous GRUB
installation problems were solved, I launched a big update of the system
and the hard disk seem to have unrecoverable bad sectors, packages do
not unpack properly. I suppose I have to put in another hard disk. I
might try to copy everything to another disk, but I think the best is to
reinstall everything, mount the other disk and salvage my home directory
by copying it over.
Now a trivial question: what cd's and procedure should I use? just the
standard CD I will find on debian, which boots linux and installs? As I
did years ago? There were quite some news some weeks ago and I want to
sure that's the best way.
Second, what do you think about installing the HUrd on an older laptop?
I know that the old PC I want to reinstall has hardware that works 100%
with Hurd (well, except the audio card). ON the laptop I fear support of
the ethernet through PCMCIA, but it would be much more convenient to
carry around of course! I don't care about powermanagement, i just want
wired ethernet (I have no hopes for wireless, they all require firmware
and support under linux is always a trouble already), mouse, disks and