Random Amnesia, or the Wonders of ext4 Data Loss
May 3, 2012 7 Comments
land of Linux Gnurus tech world, much is made about the wonders of Linux’s various oft-changing file systems. There are many to choose from. So many, that if you randomly pick 3 letters and a number, you will probably find it as a Linux file system. At the moment, I have 3 infestations “distros” on my computer… and all three–by default–use ext4. Sadly, ext4 likes to sit on its ass often waits a while before writing data to the hard drive. The result: data loss.
At some point all 3 of my
tangled piles of spaghetti code distros have all fallen victim to this problem. In every case, ext4 doesn’t seem to have struck a lick at a snake taken the time to write configuration changes to file. The most common plague problem that has resulted is that my various Linuxii forget stuff like: what wallpaper I had selected, what programs I had pinned to the task bar (Win 7 still has you beat Loons lusers freeta… Linux “designers”), which programs have been recently used, or just what icons or folders are supposed to be shown on the frackin’ desktop.
Seriously, if Windows or Mac dropped icons and forgot wallpapers and such every few days, they would go out of business. However, it seems everyone and their brother’s mother’s sister’s daughter’s cousin’s aunt on their father’s side is willing to give Linux a pass. “Just use a different File System” is the main advice offered it seems. No, I refuse to do so. These things come with a default file system (and software) and great press from the tech
fluffers writers about how this stuff is soooooo ready for Grandma to use.
I refuse to go changing file systems because the one that was picked is a buggy, half-baked
donkey turd pile of code in need of scrapping. It is no wonder that for my home state here, the OS usage breaks down as such:
Windows 7 46.38%
Windows XP 28.16%
Windows Vista 14.13%
Mac OS X 10.6 4.77%
Mac OS X 10.7 3.78%
Mac OS X 10.5 1.69%
Mac OS X 10.4 0.28%
Windows 2000 0.11%
Windows 8 0.05%
Windows NT 0.05%
Windows 98 0.03%
Mac OS X (no version reported) 0.02%
Mac OS X 10.8 0.01%
Windows 95 0.01%
Windows ME 0.01%
Mac OS X Mach-O 0.01%
And for my area code the overalls are:
People don’t want to use it.
Linux on the desktop fails on its own lack of merits, not because it is being held down by “the man” or anything else. As a desktop system, it fails to meet the expectations of consumers. It isn’t any one BIG thing that is the problem, it is the numerous small bugs that
the coding baboons software “designers” working in the Looniverse “community” just can’t take their time to nail down before sticking their program into a “ready for the masses” OS* The hard work isn’t making a pretty toolbar or shiny icons. The hard work is making sure ext4 doesn’t lose data, working on Nepomuk so it doesn’t crash every five minutes. Fixing whatever soundstack is being used this week so it doesn’t spaz out if there are two or more programs sending sound output to it.
Linux: Why improve when we can kill ourselves by a thousand cuts?
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