My Newbie experience
I have read opinions from some folks who don't like Lindows. Thought I would post a reason for why I do like Lindows.
About a year and a half ago I decided to build another system. In doing so, I researched how much I needed to spend on software and ran into a lot of different opinions. Upgrade/OEM/Full Retail Version????? I decided to check in with the IT department at work. Of course, the director was firmly entrenched in the fact that each system must have its own license. OK - the $$$ started to rise. Then I got confused about whether OEM was actually a full version disc or what?
The folks in IT were somewhat amused by my lack of knowledge, yet patient. One of them slipped me some discs - Mandrake 9.0 and Lycoris.
I was really surprised at how far this Linux thing had come and what you could actually do with it. Mind you - I am on broadband so I didn't have to deal with a modem. I could load and surf. COOL!!!
I started to tinker and play. I am not a geek in the true sense of the word. I learn about the OS only because I HAVE to in order to make something work. It is not my fantasy to be able to build my own Linux Distro. I like to load a system and see how it works.
Mandrake had a LOT to play with and I really kind of liked that. Lycoris was familiar and I found it very easy to use.
Then I discovered a site to download distro's and burn ISO. It took me a couple days to figure out how to burn an ISO image and I was so proud when I did it. I tried the free version of Libranet, ELX, Redhat, Knoppix, MEPIS,. Oh yes - I also bought SUSE.
What I was looking for was something that would just work on my basic not to new and not to old middle of the line hardware. I also wanted to be able to get something that would make loading software easy.
I never really figured out how to load software onto rpm based distros. I liked what came with it, but I couldn't figure out how to do anything other than update the system. I bought the boxed $79 version of Mandrake at Best Buy and installed it. I also bought SUSE there.
I had heard about LindowsOS and thought it was a bit expensive. I didn't really like how much they were charging, but I was also really curious. I plucked down the money and in less than a week it came in the mail.
I admit - I liked the look of it. I really enjoyed how the desktop looked and how they had laid things out. I knew at the time that I bought it that I would have to purchase the CNR thing, which I did about a month later. My hardware was all detected without any problem, but by this time I had kind of figured out what hardware worked with linux and what didn't.
I sitll use other distro's and tinker with them on my spare computer, but LIndows is the only one I have used that allows me to do everything I used to do in a MS Windows environment. I can use my scanner, printer, digital camera, DVD Player with it. Yes - I am sure other Distro's can do it as well. I just couln't figure out how to load driver's or configure this and that to get it to work.
I do like downloading a distro now and then, but I also believe that if you like a distro, you should support it. MEPIS is another one I like. I can use apt-get and get all the software I have in Lindows. Why not use MEPIS instead of LIndows??? Lindows still is my preferred system. It is easier for me to use. I'm a typical male and every now and then I have to check out what is out there.
If you like a distro - that is great. Support it. Give them some money to make it better. I don't regret paying for Lindows. It fits my needs.
There are a lot of different Distro's on this forum. I don't believe that because I like Lindows that it is any more important or superior than another. Each Distro has a fan base. That is the way it should be. Some of us who are not as technically inclined don't mind paying for a company to make a user friendly LInux distro at a cost. For others who prefer to create what they want out of it - they can.
To each his/her own.
Personally - I've been treated well by my Lindows box and the folks at Lindows.
Last edited by seakryan; 03-08-2004 at 02:43 AM.