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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
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Last Review by fragos - posted: 07-21-2005 06:51 PM
My perspective is that of a long term geek that is still just a Linux newbie. My focused useage is as a personal desktop. My transition to Linux happened last year and I went cold turkey. Anyone can install SuSE. There is no need to understand partitions or security. Dual boot with Windows is so automatic you hardly know it installed. It was harder to delete Windows than to keep it. I've installed SuSE on machines my IT department said were unrepairable and ended with a workable system directly out of the install.
YaST is the newbie's savior, once I learned to trust it. Bash is usefull but hardly necessary. I've yet to find a USB device that doesn't work out of the box, including my Canon A75 camera. The latest printers aren't always supported but I solved that problem with Turboprint -- not free but works great with my Canon i250. The install is long but soup to nuts are included so its dificult to complain. I would like to see the option for a more minimal install that while using the system presented other install options as you went to use them.
I like the 6 month release cycle and gladly pay my way. My first distro was Linspire but it didn't let me take advantage of application updates on a timely basis. Almost any install not done with their CNR packages ultimately broke dependancies. This is not the case with SuSE. Necessary desktop applications like openoffice, firefox and thunderbird can safely be installed long before SuSE has an RPM. RPMs for many applications are readily available on a number of sites with SuSE focus. There are a lot of users online and so much support from so many people there are almost always answers to your questions -- sometimes too many.
I will experiment with other distributions but doubt they will give a strong enough reason to change.