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Old 02-17-2004, 11:15 PM   #1
timberwolf
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Problem with linux


Hi, i was previously testing out linux for quite a while.... about a month plus before i realised that i had to switch back to my windows xp system (much to my regret of course). I loved practically everthing about it... except there were a few main problems which resulted in my switch.

1) software issues - There are simply tooo few easy to install, appropriate softwares for linux. For example, my usb adsl modem. After i managed to find the software, it took me like 2 days before i gave up trying to get my modem to work. And, there's simply a lack of support for games. I am aware that i can use WINE to play my games. However, wine is extremely unstable and my programs hardly work. Besides, wine doesn't support all games.

I shall just touch on this point as i find that this is the one and only greatest problem facing linux. Regarding user-friendliness, i'd like to applaud mandrake and other distros for doing such a good job in making linux as user friendly as possible. I too encountered installation problems but i could somehow get around most of the problems ( but not all) and that is what i'd find tolerable.

If this problem of software issues could be solved, i have no doubts that linux would be the ideal operating system of choice for most ppl around the world.

Thank you.

-Aquila
 
Old 02-17-2004, 11:38 PM   #2
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Maybe you could set up a dual boot system? Then you can still have access to Linux, or XP, as and when required.

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Old 02-18-2004, 04:21 AM   #3
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that won't be good as my hard disk is relatively small in terms of storage space (20 Gbs).
 
Old 02-18-2004, 08:59 AM   #4
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What do you call appropriate softwares? What are your needs and what software do you currently use to satisfy those needs? Please also bear in mind that installing a driver isn't really a software issue, per se. True, it is software, but it's a world away from issues installing OpenOffice, etc, etc. Do not confuse the two. One that front, have you emailed the manufacturers of your modem? I have heard many stories of people having terrible problems installed a vendor's set of Linux drivers - to me there should be no reason for it to be so painful. I recently had fun installing the manufacturer's drivers for my bro-in-law's pcmcia laptop - it was really quite easy, just the way they should be. Clear instructions, etc, etc.

Yes, WINE is unstable and it can be hard to get games to work under Linux. Does that mean that Linux is rubbish? Try complaining to the game developers that they have not made a Linux port. Why should 3rd parties take the blame for something that is not their problem? Would you blame your petrol station is you were sold a car that didn't run on petrol? No, you'd complain to the car vendor or manufacturer.

Mandrake has made great efforts on the user friendlyness, and if you're prepared to dig a little, get your hands dirty with the underlying system, then Mandrake will also allow you to do this. IMO it is great for complete beginners and those that aren't interested in how it works, just that it does work.
 
  


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