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NOTE: I'd be nice to adjust the board so that it advises you to complete subject fields before destoying your message-Not after.
Anyhow-I'm about ready to leave Linux alone. It's costing me more time and money than Windows ever did,and the reality is that it really isn't a user friendly OS more than a hack handy configurable OS which depends on the user's patience and knowledge. I thought you were supposed to upgrade-Not downgrade,and that seems to be the case with Linux- I'm buying newer devices for a new system to run Windows and yet Linux can only work with older components!
I can't get X to use my nVidia at 32bpp;The Viking lt modem -forget it. And although Linux suports sb-Not the new sb live! card. So I've one display mode[800x600,which sux],no modem and no sound. Caldera is dangerous HDD destructive junk and should never be used by anyone unless they've a legacy PC.I'd upgrade my distribution,but for what? If it doesn't work,I've no more patience to run hundreds of installations under dozens of varied conditions trying to get "the perfect setup".
Don't get me wrong- I love Linux,but I don't wanna love it just because I hate Windows.I wanna love it cause it's better-And so far,it's not.
First thing I ever learned in installing Linux for the first time, KNOW YOUR HARDWARE and KNOW WHAT HARDWARE LINUX SUPPORTS and most of the time you won't ever have any trouble. I have great running machines running Linux, cause I actually built them knowing their compatiblity. Yes of course, Linux doesn't support all the up to the minute hardware, but hey, try running Windows2000 on a 486 with only 8 mb of RAM. Linux can run on anything, if you know how to work with it, but before you go trying to install anything you apparently don't know anything about, read about it first, and know your hardware, then you won't have any problems.
That's all I have to say. I dont' want to start any wars here, you should post complaints about Linux on a Windows site.
Actually you're right-My apologies.Only pointing out thought that after two years or so on and off running Linux,it'll be a while before it's the mainstream OS and acquires general pubklic marketability. Todays Linux-folk,like or not,are patient hacks who don't mind working through Linux' complexities,but most people want a 'right here-right now' OS[even if it does have a gun!].What I've learned from working with Linux is that the golden rule applies no less than it does for DOS or Win; If you say you did it and it didn't work-YOU DID IT WRONG!Do it again until you get it right.
Slowly but surely-I'm getting it.And so far,it's good.
OK, I was gonna be nice and not say anything since trickykid already did, but:
1. Mainstream OS? - The reason that Windows is so widely used is that it's easy. You don't have to use your brain in order to use the system. Before you say anything, I've done tech support for the last 2 years, 85-90% of average Windows users are idiots.
2. Right here, right now? - Yeah, after rebooting the machine so that windows can see the changes.
3. Patient hacks? - I, for one, am not a patient hack. I am very impatient and tend to get extremely irritated when something doesn't work the way I want it to, which is one reason why I started learning Linux in the first place. Besides, I took programming classes in college, so I decided that if I could program an OS to do what I wanted, instead of what Bill Gates wanted, I wanted to try it.
4. The Golden Rule? - This ALWAYS applies to working on computers and to life in general. Very few things are going to work right the first time. It's a fact of life, no use in arguing about it.
Now, I agree that it's gonna be awhile before it gets general public marketability. That's not the point right now. It's currently better suited for business purposes.