Tried posting this as New Thread, but could not... anyway, problem #3 I faced is the same as above!!
MY EXPERIENCE THUS FAR...
Just wanted to share some of my recent experience with Open Source, Linux and the discoveries I have made vs. the problems I faced...
I am a Windows USER, familiar with program installations and configurations, but not with Registry tweaking or Network settings.
I also know how to do those things like removing spyware, optimising Windows using IEradicator, patching up via Windows Update, installing 3-4 different software just to do a quick job (eg. installing MS Office, Adobe Acrobat AND Palm software just to create pdf and Palm DOC files - of course, now I can do it easily with OpenOffice) etc.
What I hated most were Blue Screens, absolute hangs (where even Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't work) and those "invalid page faults" dialogs.
Thus, I wondered if there is a faster way to do things with less crashes...
My first step to the wonderful world of Linux was OpenOffice. I stumbled across it and like probably many others, I had the impression that if it is free, it ain't good. If it isn't Microsoft Office, it's weak. (ie. lacks features and user friendliness)
Of course, using OpenOffice opened up my eyes and my interest grew... I liked it! Yes, it is a pity it does not have an "Access" like feature, and the startup/save speed is slow, but hey, it's free, and since it's open source, these problems can be addressed in time to come, I am sure.
I started to realise that software is NOT distinguished along free and paid versions, but between Open Source and closed source.
That led me to read and read articles upon articles of OSS news and I even completed the book, "Free for All" in 5 days! Knowing about the SCO vs IBM case made me want to support the Open Source cause too.
Now, I only have OpenOffice, and whenever I can, I would install a copy of OpenOffice for my friends. (with the default set to save formats in MS Office, sigh...)
Naturally, this new love for anything open source led me to discard as much closed programs as possible. eg. IE6 and Opera7+ were removed in favour of Mozilla Firebird and Thunderbird.
ps. To be truthful, I hated the clunkiness of Netscape/Mozilla Suite, not to mention their disadvantage when it comes to IE-specific pages (just try www.sdf.gov.sg,
and you will see what I mean), and the ever-irritating "download plugin". That was why I ended up with "blazing speed" IE, but thanks to Firebird, my confidence has now surely returned!
Then these all led me to... you've guessed it, LINUX. I tried Knoppix CD, elxLinux, Lindows, Xandros and Fedora Core on an old PC, and the results assured me that I won't go wrong with dumping Windows for this very powerful OS.
OK, time to share my discoveries vs disappointments...
Installing Lindows, Xandros and Fedora Core was absolutely easy. Slightly easier than the conventional Windows 98/XP installation. Perhaps because I backed up and formatted my hard drive for a fresh Linux OS, instead of trying to maintain dual boot.
The Linux Desktops were also splendid. My colleagues were awed by the many hi-resolution wallpapers already installed in these 3 Linux versions. I personally enjoyed the Fedora Core wallpapers and desktop look more than the other two. Now, I believe that Fedora Core uses GNOME while Knoppix, Xandros and Lindows use KDE, right?
The most user-friendly of all the distributions was LINDOWS. It was simply amazing in detecting all my hardware, and it all took only 10 minutes or so! It had almost no questions during setup, and the look and feel was truly funky. (COOL!)
Now, I have read some criticism about Lindows, but thanks to Lindows, it whets my appetite for more. That's when I started trying out the other Linux OSes to compare. IF Lindows was as speedy, configurable, offers more than the ClickNRun way to install new programs AND comes with more preinstalled software, I would stick with it. (yes, as a User, not Administrator... read about that one!!)
By now, it feels like a month, but in reality, it's been only 3 days since I touched Linux, and I am positive!!
If my 3-day experience has anything negative about it, it is here:
1. Lack of consistency between distributions. eg. Lindows detected my soundcard but NOT Xandros. Why one Linux can identify something while another cannot beats me, but I guess it has to do with the vendor selecting different device driver packages.
2. Installation/removal of programs on Xandros and Lindows is driving me nuts! eg. I want to remove Mozilla suite, and install Firebird instead, but it seems impossible!
Xandros installs only thru' Xandros Update while Lindows only thru' ClickNRun... I can't find the familiar "INSTALL" icon, not to mention that installation packages does NOT seem to "download, click and autoinstall" in Linux.
I said "seem" because I am sure there are answers, but it is taking too much effort to just learn how to install programs without touching the Command Line!
As of now, I still DON'T know how to install programs the Windows-way on Linux. =(
3. I had problems with VCDs and CDs. They seem to hang. And once they hang, I have to use a paperclip to eject them. I never had to do this with Windows! (ok, to be fair, I had to reboot Windows, hehe)
That is about all there is, so if anyone here can help, THANK YOU!!
btw, I don't mind configuring things, BUT it should come after installing and using a program for a while. I want to enjoy my movie first, then recce around the source code of the player.
As for the Command Line, I DO NOT wish to use the command line. It is like asking a Windows user to go back to DOS!
Lastly, I simply like that cutey Penguin with his/her many variations! Especially the "fat" penguin on the Lindows Login... what a relief from years of looking at that static "windows" logo!!
Thanks once again, all, and it is nice writing for this board. Cheers!!