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rjfoster 06-17-2004 02:42 PM

I just keep coming back to it
It seems that my relationship with linux is a little less than perfect, but I just keep coming back to it.

Every few months or so I will fire up my "spare" machine and load up the most recent version of Linux. (Be it Mandrake, Redhat or whatever.) I usually do this because I have a specific idea in mind. For instance, last time I was using Linux it was Fedora, and I was attempting to run a Call Of Duty game server. I did manage to get it running (after much cussing, and many hours). However it seems that every time I attempt to do something under linux I eventually come across a "stopper" that I cannot seem to overcome, and that causes me to temporarily loose interest in it. (ie for a few months or so.)

I have also attempted to set up a box as a router in the past, but became so mired in the details that, once again, I just quit eventually.

Have other "newbies" experienced this as well? What can I (we) do to over come this? I would love to make Linux my main OS, but it just seems that there are so many things that can just bring you to a dead halt and can cause you to just say "to heck with it!" because it takes too dang long to figure out the solution to a problem.

Ok - well thats it for now - If there are any of you out there who feel like I do, then please respond - I look forward to seeing your replies!

Rob aka NetNerd

XavierP 06-17-2004 02:48 PM

I am moving your thread over to Member Introductions as it seems to fit there. Also do a search of LQ - we have a thread about why Linux is better than Windows, we've had threads about making installs easier, there is a huge (and I do mean huge) thread called "Make Linux Easier for the General Population - give them all a read.

Welcome to LQ :D

ratgod 06-18-2004 07:40 AM

I'm the same
I'm stuck with WindowsXP, as I use so much software that I have on it, and I program in delphi :P

I do however want to push myself over to programming kylix and once I get all the linux versions of my favourite software it will be easier to switch, also my wife doesnt understand how to use linux so that kinda restricts me from switching my main system over :(, but I always have my celeron 1.8Ghz laptop to use linux on :)

The first time I dabbled in linux was probably in 98, i had RedHat 6.2 I think, I installed it and started exploring, but I couldnt stay with it as my ISP didnt support linux for dialing into it :P awkward sods :P

good luck with your linux

rjfoster 06-18-2004 10:37 AM

Well last night I installed Mandrake 10 on my spare machine. During the install process I requested that the servers be installed (web, ftp, telnet, mail etc) but after the installation was complete, I could not find any reference to the servers in the system. Near the end of the installation process, it asked me for CD # 4, but there were only 3 CDs. Is there supposed to be a 4th CD? Perhaps I didnt get the server stuff installed because I didnt have that CD. I dont know.


PS: I just went to the mandrake download area and checked - there are only three ISOs to be had. I must be doing something wrong...........

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