I Love Linux!

I was an above-average (are there really any 'expert' Windows users?) Windows user, getting sick of having to reinstall software and reset settings that were blown away every time I had to reinstall the OS. I'm a power user, too; after a while, I just went without the programs, rather than to spend another 30 days installing and configuring software that I might or might not use by the time I had to reinstall again. I even set up my hard drives so that all the data was (supposed to be) stored on a different hard drive than the system drive... but, alas, Windows always saved some setting or another on the system drive, and most programs saved files by default to the "My Documents" folder on the system drive. I was hating my life with my computer.

And then something happened that forced an upgrade to the newest OS. More $$ spent on yet another revision of the bloatware... but "this" year, I wasn't going to do it. I put another hard drive in, formatted it for the FAT system, copied all of my mail (I had previously switched to the Thunderbird email client because I knew the change was coming), and then installed Fedora Core 4 to dual boot between.

The learning curve was one of the harder learning curves I've experienced, as I was back to the command line again (whenever my computer usage went out of the black and white), which seemed to be a downgrade, at first, but I persisted.

Now, I run Fedora Core 6 on my main PC, with VMWare installed for when I need to access Microsoft applications for work. I also run a Smoothwall firewall, my son dual-boots into Ubuntu, and I even use Centos 5 and FC6 at work!

Linux has been a god-send to me. It's more challenging sometimes, but well worth the time spent on learning it. I enjoy computing again. And I very seldom have to reboot... crashes almost never take down the entire OS... and when I do upgrade the OS, all my settings are stored on a separate /home partition, so it's usually a matter of installing the new OS, and then everything works exactly like it did before, most of the time.
zenandi zenandi
31-35, M
9 Responses Jan 12, 2008

Sound is, in my opinion, the poorest part of the Linux experience, so far. ... My current distro works with my sound equipment, so I'm reluctant to upgrade.... (sound is the thing that is most likely to break) ... I'm not sure why. I'm sure that they will work it out in time, though.

I use crunchbang linux.Its based on Ubuntu.I have my EeePc running it and soon my main laptop.Im runniong Ubuntu on it now.I dont know why but the last upgrade did something to my sound.If i start to play some music it takes 8 sec for me to hear anything and it seems only one app can use the sound card at a time.

Hardware compatibility is getting better, as Linux matures. Linux is nowhere near as old as Windows. And as more and more people are getting fed up with Microsoft licensing schemes, and buying their hardware based on whether or not it is compatible with Linux, the marketplace is slowly shifting. I have no doubt in my mind that when Linux is as mature as Windows, these hassles will work themselves out.

Well, I like Linux, but it never worked like I want it too. Was always a hazzle to get some hardware to work as good as in Windows. (No wonder when the hardware is made for it.. <.<)

I know, and that's why I love Ubuntu, too. :D

Ubuntu, by default uses Gnome as its GUI as well...

I tried to install Fedora once - can't remember which version. VirtualBox on my Mac didn't seem to care for it - something went wrong in the initial boot process not sure what), but in the end I had to trash it. Personally, I'm very happy with Ubuntu. One thing I like about Fedora though is that, since it runs GNOME as the GUI, it'll be accessible through Orca and to me that's very important (because I have a lot of friends who use screen readers & I'd like to get them more tech savvy ones using Linux as well) :)

Ah, I see now. XP SP3 will only exist for home customers. That is so far from my reality as I haven't run XP on my home PC in 5-7 years, and have *no* needs to go back.<br />
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It is a concern to me, however, in the business world, because I continue to have to support Windows-based problematic solutions. Windows seems to only be good for one thing: unhealthy dependencies. Depencies on twisted technologies released by MS that don't accept standards, and that need, ultimately, to be upgraded to (surprise) the next version of Windows.<br />
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It's a different world, when you start implementing something using cross-platform technologies.<br />
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Mr. Gates really has had a sweet deal. But it comes very close to making me happy that the remaining Windows community is beginning to see what is going on underneath the publicity.

XP SP3? I think I missed a memo, somewhere. I thought that they were doing away with XP in June?