If I told you that I built that puzzle in a few days, would you believe me?
I actually bought that puzzle at a store. It was cheaper to buy pre-assembled than to get it in a box and D.I.Y.
We did buy several other puzzle boxes though, and knowing what I told you before, would you believe that we assembled this one?
Well I got proof that we actually did. We started out with the edges of the puzzle, separating the whites from the rest.
Then we proceeded to fill out one side at a time, after we got bored with one side, we flipped the puzzle 90° which helped us get a fresh view at the problem and start solving it. The last night, my Dad helped us with the puzzle and we nearly finished it. The picture above shows my mom placing the final piece of the monstrous sandwich.
Here’s a smallish gallery of the pictures we took along the way, also known as proof, and to remember how it all got started.
What we can apply from the puzzle in Free Software, is that just like building a puzzle, solving problems or troubleshooting should also be documented.
So I’m using this as an excuse to remind everyone that if you “yum remove gnome* -y” from your Fedora 15 computer, and don’t have KDE or any other graphical user interface to fall back to, the next time you reboot, it won’t actually finish booting unless you set it to boot as Run Level 3.
Live and learn.