Every year or two I try linux again....... so here I am trying to make the effort to switch to Linux yet again and I downloaded and installed Mandrake 9.2 and am dual booting it with windows xp. The installation went fine since I used a partition on my 2nd hard drive to install it into (good job here mandrake - even better than the last time I tried which was ver 7.2). Had several minor problems but those were resolved - had to get a cheap SB sound card since my old aureal based one would not work - I think it was toast anyway
Biggest issues so far:
-cannot get linux to recognize my ms optical wheel mouse to use the scroll wheel or button and have tried every option (I think). It is currently set up going into my ps/2 port although it can use a usb port too.
-konqueror has no plugins for basic web stuff like flash or shockwave, etc. Is it better to drop this or simply add a different one like mozilla? this is a real big issue for me as more than half of what I do is internet related in some way or another. or am i just missing the way to install these plugins?
-how the heck due you play movies? I installed xmms thinking that would do it since it so winamp like but no go there. what is the windows movie maker equivalent?
-what app do you use for FTP access to my web sites? I tried Konqueror but it will not connect to any of them after I give the username and password. I really like using my WS_FTP pro now - is there something comparable or better out there?
-is it really necessary to join the "clubs" they have to get access to the newest and best apps for linux? and these don't seem to be cheap either ($60/yr, etc). I realize you can get most of them downloaded for free if you look around but I am sure I'll need access to some kind of support for them.
p.s. when or when will a universal installer be developed for all linux platforms instead of having to compile everything