Originally Posted by Electro
If you said that you use Linux for 10 years, you are joking.
What I actually said was, "I've been playing about with Linux for about 10 years but never quite managed to migrate" ... I have experience of Linux running back 10 years and I have learned much about it BUT (and this is the idea I am trying to put across) even though I know a lot it hasn't really *gelled* in my head, I know how to do a lot of things but that gives me no particular expertise in others and certainly does little about the many more things I do not know.
Originally Posted by Electro
If you have used it that long, then you will not be skeptical that Linux does not have support for your hardware and alternative software. I used Linux as a desktop OS for four (4) years. I have found that Windows is very limited in the video capture card department and it is very annoying.
If you're saying what I think you're saying then good for you ... you love Linux and you're happy, that can only be a good thing. I know very little about the relative merits of TV capture applications under Windows vs Linux.
In my experience Linux is an OS built by techies for techies and in that sense represents something of a "holy grail" to me, a return to real computing ... I would love to be more expert in it but I'm not, installing things in Windows is generally simplicity itself, installing them in Linux is a highly variable experience.
I am a Windows techy and although I dislike Microsoft's licensing scheme I understand why they do it and that has pushed me part way towards trying Linux (again) ... the other thing that really pushed me was Vista which is very slick, mostly works fine but is basically boring as hell.
Thank you for the list of tips, I will certainly bear those in mind
The one I wish to address is your advice not to use SuSE which (for now at least) I am going to politely ignore because I like SuSE ... I did ever since I picked up my first copy (version 7 IIRC) at an Expo for a fiver (before that I had only seen RedHat and I really didn't like it that much). That may seem like a bad decision but given that I have used 25 of the top 100 distro's (as listed at DistroWatch), including Gentoo, and maybe another dozen or so besides in the 10 years I have been playing with it I think I have earned at least some right to decide which way I want to go
I mean don't misunderstand me ... eventually I wish to build my own distro from scratch, layering each useful layer, utility and application on the thing until I can finally be confident I know the OS I use back to front and side to side but until that day I'll have to use something else
For now however I have openSUSE working on the system and I have a plan which, in essence, is to gradually migrate my application base away from Windows and see if I can now work with Linux as my primary OS. It may not work, I've tried enough times before, and if so I will simply drop back to Windows but with enough help from people like those round here I may succeed