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It's been a while since I've been here, at LQ, but I'm glad to say I'm back again. Running a different distro to Slack this time (after running XP / WIn2K for some months due to serious lack of time to tweak and config Tux - I gave up last time and reverted back to M$ instead. Shame on me, yes, I know).
Yes, I took the easy way out, this time - SuSE 10.0. Got it running on my Thinkpad T21, with minimal 'tweaking', and the only thing left to config is the WiFi card - I think I'll just buy a new one as I don't think the chipset's supported (it's a Buffalo G54 with Texas Instr chipset).
I just wanted to say that, apart from a couple of little quirks on installation (such as f#cking the whole installation, several times, by not clicking 'eject' when changing the CD's! duh!) it's all gone smoothly.
I've found that, personally, the Slackware 10.0 install was easier to achieve than SuSE 10.0 (which may come as a surprise to some) but once 'inside' I've found that SuSE is the more user friendly. I know I'm stating the obvious here but, hey, some potential newbs may find this relevant!
It's good for me because now I can actually spend my time learning Linux with a machine that actually works (unlike the many frustrating, but enjoyable none the less, hours I spent tweaking Slack to get it 'just right' and never achieved it because I ran out of time and patience) as I want it to.
I intend to go back to Slack at some point cos I liked that(what's it they say? 'Once youve had Slack youll never go back?') but that's for another occasion when I've got more time on my hands. For the time being it's just really nice to not see the winduZ splash screen when I fire up the laptop.
I gotta say, hand on heart, it's so nice to be back with Tux & I ain't defecting again...
21.03.2006 - UPDATE...
I managed to blag copy of Longhorn Beta 1 from work to install on my desktop at home, just to see what it was like... In a nustshell: it was an XP box, it went to Longhorn (Vista?) and after seeing what a pile of shite that was it's now a Linux box (all in the space ogf a few hours). I guess that counts as two success stories in as many weeks?
Now, what other machines have I got laying around I can convert to Linux...??