Tonight is another all-nighter at work, this time setting up the three new machines I got in for our new server room. All three are low-end replacements for machines that are presently much lower-end. All three are from Penguin Computing, the Linux hardware vendor I've been going with for all our other Linux servers. They're Altus 1300 systems (amd64-based 1U rack units) configured fairly minimally -- a gig of RAM, dual AMD-244s. They are, not unusually for rack systems, incredibly loud, especially when booting up. I could probably trust the Fedora4 they came installed with, but I prefer to always do the install myself so I know that if I need to reinstall the OS, there will be no surprises.
Interestingly, the install fails, telling me it can't mount the root on the DVD. Googling gives this very odd advice that, surprisingly, works. I have no idea why this would work, but it does. It would be interesting to get an explanation from people in the know.
I also, as seems to happen often, got into yet another discussion on Israel-Palestine with friends earlier tonight. Oy. The most frustrating thing is that they listened to and responded to arguments I wasn't even making that only held a passing resemblance to what I was saying.
Ugggghh... sooo tired.