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"One of the amazing and terrible things about the x86 architecture is that it’s maintained backwards compatibility throughout the years. This has been a competitive advantage, but it’s also meant that the boot process is largely a pile of hacks. Each time a new iteration comes out, a new step gets added to the process. That’s right, when your fancy new computer starts up, it thinks it’s an 8086 from 1976."



I just spoke with Steve Klabnik for like, 5 minutes, on IRC.

So that was kind of cool?

Also, if you have not heard of Redox OS, I implore you to check it out.

It's a microkernel-based operating system written in Rust, that is MOSTLY POSIX-compliant.

It was originally written to be a server station, but is now also focusing on robustness as a stand-alone station fully supporting its own desktop environment.

It's pretty cool.

"intermezzOS is a teaching operating system, specifically focused on introducing systems programming concepts to experienced developers from other areas of programming."

I've come across other, similar projects. This one seems cool though. Focuses on Rust programming and Assembly.


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Hey, want to know who has kudos?

@ajroach42 has kudos. Kudos to @ajroach42.

Love that guy.

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#introduction: I am a researcher for an #environmental #nonprofit in #NYC. I'm interested in #climatechange, #degrowth, #feminism, #rabbits, and #sustainability. I haven't even used #twitter before in my life, so I'm super new to #microblogging.

@ajroach42 Oh man, did I not mention? Oh wow. Actually, I've barely told anyone. I'm in such 'job hunt' mode, I'm forgetting so many other things I have to do.

Yeah man, been here for... 2 and a half weeks? Man, time's flying. OH. Cuz our mutual bud decided to continue his rambling lifestyle on the West coast, he's yet (I believe) to pick up his stuff, no? When he does though, I'd love to go up with him to meet you and Amber.

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Conservative politics are an easy sell in rural areas. But the problem is: they just *CANNOT* deliver.

To stop the decline of the rural America, a level of government intervention would be required that is 100% incompatible with the conservative core ideology.


@ajroach42 I'm going to Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts tonight. Maybe I can find more help. Before then, I'll try finding where the key file is/should be located, and seeing where I can attempt to fix this.

All the best man, you rock (as usual).

@wxl This was just a few months ago. Ahh, good times. But as to your original post, yes, I agree.

@wxl Completely off topic, I met Dr. West when he spoke at the school I went to for my undergraduate.

Funny enough, I ran into him in Edinburgh ~4 years later. I recognized him while he was crossing the street; a massive smile can across my face, and he must've thought me mad while I just walked up to him. Of course, he wasn't going to remember me, but I just wanted to be like "Whoa! I recognize you! And you spoke to us once!" etc etc.

Was fun. Also, he's just so recognizable :P

@ajroach42 That makes sense now. Oops.

Hmm. So yes, it makes sense now: it's trying to find the key_file, and can't. But that means the file is on the system then, no? Wouldn't I be able to find it, and 'place it back' where it should be? Or am I still misunderstanding?

@ajroach42 When I was installing Mint, when prompted to enable full disk encryption, I selected 'yes' and moved on. The only thing I was prompted with is that if I require encryption, then I must log in with a password each time I start a new session. I have a key file somewhere? Didn't know. I thought it worked more along the lines of `gpg', where I can encrypt/decrypt using a password.

@ajroach42 I do. Obviously I know the root + user passwords. If I make a live boot and grab all files from $HOME, would I be able to decrypt them?

@ajroach42 Welcome to Systemd. I'm gaining a crash course lesson.

So it appears that the system can't initialize because there's a key file missing (aptly named 'key_file'). The error seems to come from glibc?

@ajroach42 Lastly, there's a 'sign in' form right on the desktop. It's there with the taskbar, and the void desktop. When I sign in, I am taken to an error screen that displays the error messages that I originally posted. I have screenshots, sorry mate.

@ajroach42 Also, I never shut off my pc. Not sure why I needed to that night. But anyways, so LAST night I powered up, and selected Mint at GRUB, and was booted into a foreign looking, bare-minimum GNOME desktop.

Alt + F1/F2 and Ctrl + Alt + T provide no functionality. In the desktop menu, I can only restart/shutdown the system, or change DE's (switch to Cinnamon or Cinnamon-2d). When I do either, the screen goes black and eventually comes back to my original session.

@ajroach42 Quick note: If nothing else, I'm not THAT upset this happened. In the end, it's a valuable lesson in 1) how to use your system, and 2) understanding your system.

I'm running Linux Mint 18.1 (yes, I know I can/should upgrade to 18.2).

So I fucked up regarding value 1. I `sudo halt`ed two nights ago to shut off my pc. I was taken to a splash screen with Ubuntu 18.1, and a loading bar, that loaded for > 1 minute. At that point I (shouldn't have) manually shutdown my system.