Am not really qualified to do a review of anything connected to Princeton University, but I’ve had fun testing this Distro…’Thusly, I will give it a try.

Believe it or not, I once foolishly tried to get into Princeton University, and ended up rejected ‘n broker than ‘Cooter Brown‘. I had saved some money, and started out walking ‘n hitchhiking from Islamorada, FL (near the now infamous “Toilet Seat Cut”) to Princeton, NJ.

Long story, but it was going to be a long walk back to Islamorada, FL even if I had money for some food. I needed to find some quick work, and that’s when I met some Vietnamese student named Juan Bao. Juan had a small cleaning service, which helped him wid room ‘n board costs, and he claimed to be some kind of monk. We mainly cleaned lots of *BIG* bath rooms that all had *LOTS* of toilets. Took awhile, but finally saved enough for a bus ticket back to Islamorada, FL…Juan suggested the bus ticket instead of walking ‘n hitchhiking back.

Springdale Linux 7.5

Springdale Linux (SDL) / Formerly known as PUIAS Linux:

  • Custom Red Hat®-based Distribution and Mirror. A project of members of the computing staff of Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study.
  • This project was started long before CentOS or other projects were available.
  • PUIAS Linux is now known as Springdale Linux. The new logo is the Springdale street sign, in honor of the road which runs in between the two campuses.

Springdale:

  • Springdale Linux came about before the invention of CentOS, and is the OS of choice in Peyton Hall for the moment.

It offers a ‘Fulltime Linux Root User‘ access, a default GNOME DE, and can be used as Desktop OS or as a Server. IMHO, it is not ready for ‘Desktop Duty‘ in my Top 10 or for “normal people“.

  • Note: Used the Springdale Linux-7.5-x86_64-DVD.iso @ 4.37 GBs to create bootable ‘Live’ USBs.

Installation attempts wid ‘CM130

Kept having ‘Panic Attacks‘ whilst trying to install it on the ‘CM130‘ AMD Linux test computer – Ryzen™ 9 3900X w/ the GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER™ VENTUS XS OC GPU, 16GBs memory, and Asus PRIME A320I-K mini-ITX board. The ‘Live‘ USB (tried Rufus, balenaEtcher & Fedora Media Writer) looked like it was going to boot into the installer, but then had a panic attack.

However, I then used Windows 11 Pro’s Hyper-V to install it on ‘CM130‘ and to take some pics of the installation process…no installation problems.

  • NOTE: I’ll used some of those pics throughout this post.

Installation wid ‘Rose

Rose‘ is the Intel Linux test computer – Intel Core i7-8700 CPU, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC 4GB GDDR5 (GV-N105TOC-4GD) GPU, 16GBs memory, and GIGABYTE H310M A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Micro ATX Intel board. The old Intel i7-8700 *OWNS* the infamous Ryzen™ 9 3900X when it comes to ‘Desktop Duty‘ performance…even wid the smaller 1050 GPU.

OK…it boots right into the Anaconda installer:

  • I probably did 10-15 installs before I got it right.

A standard ‘Password Dependent‘ User needs to be created at some point, but it does offer the ‘root‘ login option also:

I had to select the GNOME Desktop Software Selection since the KDE Plasma Workspaces selection didn’t work once you actually finished the installation and rebooted to the Welcome Login window. I was never able to login as Karmi or karmi or Root or root or Admin or admin or anything else I tried if I had selected the KDE Plasma Workspaces option.

  • NOTE: GNOME ‘n KDE Plasma were the only two selections I tested.

Working wid the installed Springdale Linux 7.5

At some point you will need to create the standard ‘Password Dependent‘ User, and towards the end I started creating it during the installation “CONFIGURATION” of Root Password ‘n User Creation:

There is a post-installation after the restart, some final configurations, and a license acceptance to sign. I usually reboot after that process is finished.

I am done wid ‘Password Dependent‘ Karmi after that ‘n become “Not listed?” user:

Clicking not listed takes me here:

Then to a password window and into the newly installed GNOME Classic DE, which I don’t like, so I logout, then as I log back in I switch to GNOME DE:

If I have to work wid GNOME I like the Dash to Panel (which is hard to get working right anymore) or I want the Dock handy:

Installing “KDE Plasma Workspaces”

AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma is nearly impossible to beat for a Linux ‘Desktop Duty‘ OS. Every ‘Thang seems to work ‘n work wid ease. Springdale Linux 7.5 has me back on GNOME ‘n ‘Da Dock.

Don’t get me wrong, I did manage to install a KDE Software Compilation 4 (KDE SC 4.14.8) that was apparently released around “20 August 2014.”

  • ‘KDE SC 4.14 was released on 20 August 2014. The release primarily focused on stability, with numerous bugs fixed and few new features added. This was the final KDE SC 4 release.’

I installed a “KDE Plasma Workspaces” version on AlmaLinux, and it had a KDE Plasma version 5.23.3. Take a look at that AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma post ‘n see how easy every ‘Thang went ‘n ended.

Command line for dnf wasn’t working, but the – yum group list – command brought up the “Available Environment Groups” just like it did Here:

Then I ‘Winged‘ it this time by just trying the – yum groupinstall “KDE Plasma Workspaces” – command line without any dnf input. That worked, and Yes, I am that good…for a ‘Newb‘ anyway. 😁

I even tried this method:

That was a KDE kde-desktop software option, but it didn’t seem to want to install.

  • There may be another way to update that KDE version, but I couldn’t find it.

There was also no dnf command line option at first:

I was so worn out by this time, that I was forced to double my ‘Winging‘ it efforts in order to finish the tests, and so returned back to the GNOME DE ‘n its handy Dock. Increasing the ‘Winging‘ it efforts immediately paid off:

Found the dnf Package Manager ‘n my dnf command line was working again. That Package Manager has always been installed on all the RHEL-based Distros I have tested, so this was a first for me.

Oh, the “dnf install epel-release” wasn’t working, and I was unable to enable the RPM Fushion free ‘n nonfree repositories wid the command lines or the GUI method. That left me being unable to install Nvidia drivers, and I was now finished wid the test/s!

Conclusion

If I ran Princeton University…Yeeeess – ‘The Princeton University‘ – then I would turn that Springdale Linux (SDL) OS into a real ‘Desktop Duty‘ OS for “normal people” who don’t like annoying “Authenticate” popups and/or pestering ‘Pesky Passwords’ slowing down their workflow. Keep the Springdale Linux server version going, of course, for the ‘Technical people‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etcetera etcetera ‘n etcetera.

  1. I started using Windows OSes in 1992, and don’t recall the last time I used a password…haven’t even created a password since before Vista. Windows gives you that option.
  2. None of my Android phones or Tablets have ever asked me for a password.
  3. The Chromebooks I once had, only required one password at the login screen, and then no pestering after that.

I found Springdale Linux 7.5 fun to work with, but with too many difficult issues for “normal” Desktop/Laptop OS users.

Will add this post to the Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ & to the RHEL-based pages.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!