A memory stick went bad and caused some sort of kernel distruction.
After spending a couple of hours attempting to rescue my previous windows install, I simply gave up. Instead I decided I would just put windows on a new hard drive and simply mount the old one later and copy over the necessary files as needed. So far so good.
In a side effort, I decided to give Suse 9.3 a chance (since I was angry at Windows). Grief. The same few itmes were a no-sell for me, just as they had been before. Here's my complaint list...
1. Why can't Suse just give me simple solutions for installing mpeg/avi codecs? I realize that there are licensing issues, but for heaven's sake, just give us some "1-2-3" instructions, or easy install options, or "Check here to waive Suse's liability." It is simply useless to be without a multimedia experience that works with most files. Sheesh!!! This has been a problem for years.
2. Holy spagetti installation, SuseMan! Why can't Suse just put apps in one directory, rather than putting executables in one spot, lib's in another, and other crap in other places???? ARgh. Don't they realize that people who program (aka Linux Users) have to set all kinds of variables. It's a pain in the rear to not have one place to go. And that goes for most of the apps in Suse.
3. Give me Firefox for goodness sake!!!! It is the defacto-standard for open source web browsers. NO MORE KONQUEROR! It's a nice browser for local files, but leave the web to the web people.