Originally Posted by Zephyr's Aura
I just downloaded the new release of Navigatrix 14.02.12 On shutdown I get a picture of a parrot and a message "Your going to be the victim of a bazaar joke" after which I was unable to run windows. After trying to restore from an older restore point I was able to get it to run but had an error that said start-up system files are corrupt reinstall.
Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there a solution to fix it?
The parrot is part of a program called cowsay ( cowsay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cowsay traditionally has an ASCII cow that cycles through a database of "fourtunes" ...just a collection of expressions or quotes found in literature or on the internet
Some versions of cowsay have been modified to show a penguin, others...a parrot. The one in Navigatrix has a parrot <awk>.....
The parrot shows up on all terminal...not fatal...but terminal [as in computer terminal] windows and says something stupid....occasionally thought provoking....but usually stupid.
When you shut down Navigatrix, or any other Linux
distribution the first component to terminate is the graphic user interface....the 'windows' with the colours and mouse interactivity. In the 'old days' the terminal was the first and last thing you saw. To activate or shutdown the GUI you had to type in the command. But now, in these modern times, it's automagic to fire it up and point'n'click to shut it down. The last thing to shut down on your screen
is the terminal from which that graphic interface was initiated...hence, the parrot.
Microsoft Windows operates the same way but the "terminal" running in the background is hidden....just as the spew of data on bootup. But it doesn't have a parrot.
Booting Navigatrix from a USB stick does not write anything your hard drive unless you specifically write it there. No malware; no viruses.
The parrot is benignly irritating at its worst...mildly amusing at its best.
It is a natural tendency to think the last person to touch something broke it. This is called a "post hoc" fallacy. But nothing in the Navigatrix system changes any bit on your hard drive without your consent.
I agree with Albro359.
One possible fix is to just install Navigatrix on the hard
drive and do away with your dysfunctional MSWindows. You can use Navigatrix to retrieve anything on your MSWindows system...working or not.
I bought a new computer (W7 pre-installed) when I was in Panama
last year. The first thing I did was install Navigatrix. The First Mate installed Ubuntu on her machine.
The only things we can't do is sync an iPod or run the GE2KAP script....but there are ways of solving that too....