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I'm giving up on Linux. I might come back when it has been developed further to make it more user friendly but I have spent 3 weeks trying to get internet access using a speedtouch 330 modem and cannot get it to work. Being told to get a etherent card and everything is ok is not an option at the present time. Is there a distro which allows simplicity of use ? if so please let me know
It might help if you told us a bit more about the problem, such as:
Which distro are you using?
What steps have you taken to try to get it working?
General information of that nature. Guessing what you've tried is not one of my strengths.
As we have to say time and time again, the fact that hardware drivers aren't up to the same spec as the Windows ones is down to the hardware vendors not to the distros. Hassle the manufacturers, tell them that you have paid good money for the product and you want it to work.
Chec our Tutorials section, I am certain that there are instructions in there.
Good luck anyways. - I've read several of your posts and they appeared to me as if you'd been quite serious. - To me, as a Linux newbie (but a professional and experienced Windows programmer), it's also hard getting into it but I really like this gratis and secure system. Also, everything works - after I spend a little time in it. - In a way, it's luxury to have such a good system running. - I also think Linux is superior to Windows from the grounds, and has a lot of future.
I respect your decision, though. You've seriously tried, and personal aims are always higher than technical ones.
Anyways, good luck again (and re-visit Linux again when you feel you might arrange with it).
Don't get me wrong - I love Linux feircely. But I love all free/open source software almost as feircely. So if Linux isn't your cup of tea, don't forget about BSD, plan9 from Bell Labs, OpenSolaris, ReactOS, or even just plain old GNU/HURD. Just that I think people seem to feel that their only options are Linux or Windows on a PC.
Although, for your specific problem, Linux really should be able to ace that modem problem, and the most so on this list. I wish I could help more, but I have high-speed DSl through an Actiontech gateway, and I've even had most live Linux CDs recognize the connection instantly, with *NO* configuring required! Knoppix and Damn Small leap to mind, here.
Linux really should be able to ace that modem problem, and the most so on this list.
As Xavier_P mentioned, the ability of Linux to support a given hardware device pretty much depends on the manufacturer, not the open source community. If the XYZ Company considers its drivers as "proprietary information" or "copywrited" or "patented", etc, and consequently decides to ignore the Linux market by refusing to release a Linux compatible version of their driver(s), then it hardly makes sense to blame Linux for "not supporting" the device. Any blame should be directed towards the manufacturer, not the distro or Linux itself.
I would encourage you to forward your thoughts to the manufacturer, and ask them to explain why they don't support Linux
For all we know, he's been posting all over. I did that one time to get a graphic card installed under mandrakelinux 10.1.
I went to planetdescent, planetdoom, mandriva.com club/forum, this place even.
I had a few topics basically saying the same thing, graphic card issue.
It's in the past. Never got it fixed, but I have mandriva now, so the graphic card works well!
It's sad for one to give up on a neat OS. I have been long term windows user for so long, and trying linux was a pain in the rear a while back.
I had a list of problems, but one by one, as more got fixed, I found linux quite appealing.
As for that intenet concern, that can be important. Not being able to play CD's isn't too critical but internet, that may be enough to give up, or at least, come back later and try again.
My bit of advice: To learn an OS, STAY ON THE OS, don't just try to fix something, then go back to that OS you're fimiliar with.
Stay on that OS the best you can, and learn and get fimiliar with it.
It's how I grew to love Mandriva Linux 2006.
That is exactly what I did when I loaded Linux for the first time.I uninstalled it after a few days.Now I have reinstalled it after two years and actually made the effort to learn it and it REALLY PAYS. I love Linux.I suggest you try for somemore time.
When I initially embarked on my Linux adventure I was frustrated. Seemed I couldn't do anything right, so I flat gave up and stepped away from Linux. Eventually, I came back for a second round, but determined. I read all the distribution reviews I could find, discovered DistroWatch, read any Linux forum possible - in other words, did my homework. To make a long story short, in spite of myself, I arrived! The trick is to marry the right distro to your system configuration and hardware and to whatever is suitable to you.