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SLED 10 is the first distro to work judt right in 5 years
Yup, I have been using several Mandrakes, mandrivas and suses, but this time with Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.0 finally saw the way Linux should be. Essentially, flawless. If there is some issue, which I have corrected, was because of my mistakes. It is really nice to see also how Zenworks announces new updates for my system. It's not for nothing that SLED 10 has earned a 2007 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, being named “Best Linux Desktop."
I cannot but agree fully....so far.
Happy New Year Linuxiens and God Bless you all.
It comes with lots of drivers that are often missing on other distros. Many of those drivers are installed by default, but others are available through the PCLOS software package repository. The drivers to which I am referring here are madwifi, MP3, AVI, WMV, and libdvdcss.
Wifi utilities included in the distro make discovering wireless networks and connecting to them on demand very simple. I was recently trying to find a distro for a laptop computer. In many cases I found that the only information on configuring the WPA Supplicant software required for connecting to WPA encrypted WAPs cannot be easily configured on the fly. So many technical web sites talked about editing the /etc/whatever.conf file(s) to permanently establish parameters for one or more given WAPs. That is not user friendly. PCLOS has an application built into it's system administration utility that can discover nearby WAPs and configure them on the fly. This is identical to Windows wireless network configuration and it is the most user friendly approach to wireless network management.
PCLOS has a system configuration utility that is very similar to SuSE's YaST. The main difference is that the PCLOS system administration utility is far more functional. While I and others have used SuSE's YaST utility and found it wanting in quality, the PCLOS system configuration utility is easy to use and it works properly. The root account has an icon on its desktop taskbar to invoke this configuration utility so a new user will probably find it.
PCLOS appears to have an extensive deb based software package repository. PCLOS uses the APT package management system, including Synaptics. PCLOS has Synaptics already installed by default with an icon on the desktop taskbar. If you want your system to have some software that was not installed by default then there is a good chance that it is available in the PCLOS software package repository. That includes libdvdcss!!! I don't even use libdvdcss but the fact that it is available is important. It speaks volumes about the mind set of the distro developers. It says that the developers are not trying to impose a set of restrictions on their clients regarding the way that the clients are ALLOWED to use their computers. This mind set is in stark contrast to the philosophies adopted by Microsoft and Novell SuSE and Red Hat. All three of these businesses have adopted policies to restrict what THEY will ALLOW you to do with your computer. Some even site open source mantras to justify their fascist policies. If Linux is about anything it is about choice. When a distro developer imposes a restriction in choice on the end user then the distro developers are violating the philosophy of open source and freedom of choice. PCLOS live up to the intention of freedom of choice by making choices easily available to their clients.
PCLOS is a happy distribution. It is not stark like Debian or Slackware. It is not baroque and imposing like SuSE. It creates a highly functional and intuitive system that has a lot of eye appeal. This is important when you are trying to demonstrate the joys of Linux to Windows users who are looking for options to solve the problems that they are having with their computers. A Windows user will feel right at home with a default PCLOS installation. They will already have Open Office dot org software installed and ready to use. They will have K3b already installed. They will have Amarok and MPlayer and Kaffeine already available. I find when you tell them that it is legally free, as in money, they are delighted that there are no out of pocket expenses involved if they decide to give Linux a try.
I have not found another Linux distribution that addresses all of these issues as well as does PCLOS. It's easy. It's friendly. It just plain works. It is an excellent choice for Windows users who want to learn about Linux.
And it runs fast. It runs a little bit faster on my notebook computer than Windows XP Home runs on the same machine off of the same hard disk. It certainly boots faster than Windows XP Home. I don't mean the time from power on to displaying a login screen. I mean the time from power on until the system stops loading software off of the hard disk. If you use Windows you know that a login screen is presented to the user long before the operating system is configured. You can log in on a Windows XP machine and still have to wait several minutes before the operating system stops loading system software. Well, PCLOS gets itself configured faster than Windows and faster than several Linux distros with which I am familiar.
I am just really happy with PCLOS. Try it yourself. Get the Big Daddy version.
I went for SuSE. I started the year already running OpenSuse 10.0 which I was very satisfied with and then upgraded to 10.1 and was very disappointed. Zen and overwhelming difficulty with an Intel Pro Wireless card brought me to the point of dispair so I went back to 10.0 until 10.2 came out. I have been using 10.2 now since it was released and I must say I am very pleased with the experience.
For ease of transition for the Windows migrant, there is no distribution quite as well fitted as PCLinuxOS. Most hardware works on Livecd boot and most that doesn't, or could do with further configuration, for example video cards, is generally straightforward once the operating system is installed.
The highest hurdle the Windows migrant faces is terminology - it is mostly a foreign language - and this can discombobulate the neophyte to the point of retreat. Not only is the migrant faced with a different enough to be significant methodology, none of the words bear much resemblance to what may have taken years to learn and is now, for the most part, redundant.
What both the passionate Linux advocate and the Windows migrant usually forget is why and from where each is coming from.
User Linux is inherently interested in the function of the hardware with the software, how the hardware handles input output calls, the sleekest way of writing code, the elegance of function thereof.
Few Windows users fall into the category 'geek,' except by accident. Most haven't the first clue what they are buying into when they hand over a wodge of cash for 'a computer,' which comes with 'a mass of "extras the user will come to realise is so much eyewash."'
It's often a matter of economics that drives some Windows users to Linux. In this I can claim some experience in that while I was willing to invest in a computer, the notion of paying for software was foreign to my nature from my experience with earlier systems, also bundled with proprietary software, but of such excellent quality that it did as was claimed for it.
No such software was available with the new computer running Windows 98se. There was the mass of much vaunted, though useless software, but Word only as a sop (or a come on). There was no database and no spreadsheet. Apart from Paint, Notepad and Wordpad, there wasn't much of anything.
Increasing disenchantment, not just with the operating system, which actually wasn't that bad while it remained offline, but with only freeware and shareware available via download over a dialup connection, raised the levels of frustration to the pitch required to prompt the user (me) to seek an alternatiive and discover in Linux and particularly in PCLinuxOS, a completely different attitude and approach to computers and computing.
At last i can dabble in a mass of applications, some of whose type I have never met before and I can do with ease what appeared daunting at first.
What appeals most of all once the initial immigration pains are mitigated, finding friendly help, grasping some of the language, even grokking a little, is the overall simplicity and ease of use Linux offers once the procedures are known.
It took me several weeks to set up a simple nfs network, mostly because the words failed to make sense. It is also quite possible that my nightmares persuading Windows to network coloured my mood. Networking has always been a pig, ergo, this will be a boar.
Since that time I have reinstalled uncounted times, set up a network in short order, installed the driver and configured both dualview and twinview monitors and each proposed project becomes a pleasurable anticipation because what I want is known to work.
PCLinuxOS has attracted a body of passionate people to the forum that makes the pair inseparable. A fine distribution is made immeasurably finer by the support of a group of people, many of whom see as their primary purpose (after their own desires are satisfied) perfecting the ease of transition for the migrant.
Mypclinuxos.com projects attest to that.
PCLinuxOS inspires passionate humanitarianism, quite possibly because of the example shown by Texstar, et al, who quietly get on with the job of improving, constantly improving.
Distribution of the year is PCLinuxOS as my choice for 2006. PCLinuxOS will undoubtedly be my choice for 2007 and beyond.
I have an operating system that I can understand, learn and, above all, enjoy.
Linux is a gas. PCLinuxOS makes it a laughing gas.
This was a tough one. I went with fedora, as it is what I have ended up using the last half of 2006. Once making it past the initial installation and configuration, I found the quality of packages and the updates to be top notch. I have been most productive in fedora, be it recording music, or writing a document, or even just surfing the internet.
PCLinuxOS was the number 2 for me. I appreciated the high quality of packages, and it is a great desktop distro.