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Old 08-16-2003, 05:49 AM   #1
Dan Cerimele
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Pros and Cons - First timer...(sort of)

I have tried RedHat 7 a while ago and never really gave it a chance. I didn't know what I was doing, and screwed up my mbr, and gave myself a bunch of headaches. Blah!!

Anyhow, if any other newbies find comfort in this post, then I'm happy.

I downloaded the whole RedHat 9 Cd release. (Got on a fast ftp server at University of Southern Florida).

The install was flawless, and simple.

* Love the Blue Curve!
* RedHat 9 recognized my...

Linksys usb ethernet adaptor and D-Link router. (Instantly online)
HP 842C printer.
ATI Radeon 9000 (series) video card
Creative SB Live sound card

* OpenOffice is great!
* Navigation is very descriptive and easy.


* Couldn't figure out how to use Wine. (I still like to game once in a while. 100% of them are rendered useless with linux.)

And there's probably some others for both categories. But all in all my experience with linux this time around was a lot better.
Old 08-16-2003, 06:24 AM   #2
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Yep, that's about right. Wine and some gaming setups can be a pain with Linux, not because there's a problem with Linux, but because you're basically asking one system to pretend it's another. (There are other reasons, like windows libraries that are badly written, and wine actually has to build those bugs into itself, or programs won't work.)

There are commercial attempts to ease this transition, and if you have the time you can do most of the work yourself (it's mostly a deal of telling each program where it's parts are, and what to do with them).

Gaming using wine is "mostly pointless". You might find a few that work, but your best bet is to find games that work natively in linux (there are quite a few nowadays, usually the most popular games.). Of course, it's always nice to mention to your favorite game producers that you're fond of linux, and you'd appreciate them considering a port.

My thoughts on this are somewhat cynical, but windows makes a decent gaming platform. Not because it's better, but because you expect it to screw up at some point, so it's no big deal. Kind of like a console system, you just make sure to save often.
Old 08-16-2003, 03:25 PM   #3
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hi has a wine setup for redhat 9. good luck


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