- I\'m using the Ubuntu before Natty, a slightly custom Hercules variant. Uses a custom kernel, which UKscone kindly figured out and recompiled to add cifs support to. The kernel cannot be changed, or so they say, and I haven\'t tried \'coz things are hard enough as it is.
- We tried starting off another distro when we figured cifs was not working, but we were losing too much stuff (drivers, power management...), so those hours went out the window.
- I tried uninstalling X, wich took hours sifting through hundreds of packages trying to figure out which were exclusively related to X, which were not related to X... and I obviously misfired on a few that appeared related to X but were (or were *also* ?) related to console, \'coz that kinda broke the whole install, console included. Plus it turned out to be a dead end: because of lack of documentation, there\'s some stuff (power management) I only know how to do from X, or via gnome-power-management. Hint to Linux: an \"uninstall\" function is very handy.
- We tried changing the boot actions in init.d, and after some time figured out that Ubuntu is using Upstart and init, not init.d. So we managed to stop gdm from running from there, but not to get the ttys to autorun, so my boot screen right now is a blank screen with a blinking cursor, and I\'ve got to hit ctrl-alt-Fx to start the ttys (autologin works though, they just don\'t autorun). I\'m hoping to get that solved, and to figure out how to autorun stuff (minidlna daemon, transmission daemon, in foreground mode so I can watch over them), in each tty. I\'ve got some docs saved as avenues of investigation, for when I\'ll feel up to it. Funny thing is, when I did the non-X boot SD, my ttys autoran fine, and I\'m not aware of anything I changed apart from making them autologin, which I also did in my new X boot SD.
In the end, I think I\'m at about 40 hours to setup a NAS/Torrent/dlna/FTP headless server, with a typical ratio of 5hrs looking for info for each 5 minute action. Ukscone has solved to vital stuff (getting cifs, compiling miniDLNA which turned out really easy), and I\'m fairly confident I can get autologin and autoruns to work in only a few hours more.
I\'m bumping into funny stuff still: Right now for example: launch X, create a partition, try to put stuff on it: \"error, you tried to write stuff to a partition you don\'t own\"... mmm, I just created it and I don\'t own it.. okayyyy... go to /mnt... mmmm... partition does not appear there... I\'m guessing X uses partitions w/o mounting them, or mounts them elsewhere (\'coz that\'s more fun), oh well... let\'s mount it where it\'s supposed to be, try to edit rights there.. no luck... bang head a few times... go to ubuntu-beginners... \"sudo chown -R \"$USER:\" /mnt/partition ... victory !