Looking for Linux-related horror stories. Times when Linux (and other Free Software) really screwed up for you.
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Switched a friend's audio workstation from KXStudio (JACK+audio tools on an Ubuntu base) to stock Arch Linux, right after they made the switch to systemd. Trusted everything to be okay, and went on vacation 2 days later. came back a week after that to a metric buttload of emails about the constant freezes he was getting. Turns out, systemd was way more sensitive to a CPU overheating, and choked at the first sign of trouble. Lost a valuable client due to Lennart.
@BryanLunduke When I first tried Linux (it was 2006, I think), I had no idea what distro to choose, so I picked one of the big ones at random. It happened to be Slackware. Installing it was a horror story by itself, but even worse: it booted to text mode by default. It took like two weeks before I heard about the command "startx" and was amazed to discover, that Linux also had that Windows-like GUI thingy.
@BryanLunduke Some other time, I tried to install MySQL on this Slackware machine by doing: ./configure -> wait 5 minutes -> missing dependency -> google the dependency name and download tarball from some obscure website -> ./configure -> wait 5 minutes -> missing dependency / wrong version of the dependency etc. I gave up after a few hours.