posted on Oct, 27 2003 @ 12:46 AM
dude, Gaz, I dont know what distros you were using at work, but Linux as a desktop solution has come an _extremely_ long way. As a person wanting a
desktop solution and more (I shudder to say) like Windows, then I would shoot for Red Hat 9, Mandrake 9.2 (just came out a few weeks ago) and Like AH,
I've heard nothing but awesome reviews of the German made SuSe linux.
I would have to disagree with you Gaz about it being for advanced users. It depends on what exactly it is a person wants to do. If you're wanting
to use it as a server OS, then yes, the learning curve is _extremely_ high. But for a desktop solution, it has everything.
I've been in charge of keeping my 60 year old mom in laws pc up and running on Windows. She's been infected with at least 5 - 10 virus' this year
alone. I was sick to death of fixing it. So one day, I wiped her drive, loaded Mandrake 9.1 on there, and havnt looked back. It took her about a
week to get comfortable with finding her word processor (OpenOffice), she loved the fact that she didnt have to worry about virus' or spyware, or
trojans. Or that she only needs to update her system about once a month, and then I setup a cron job to do it automatically for her. She also
like's the fact that it#s free.
AH, my setup is nothing too fancy. I have to physical drives, one with a small Win partition (yeah, I know, I still have a gaming addiction) and the
rest is for Red Hat 9 (10 comes out in a few weeks whoo hoo!!) I've tried a lot of the major ones, Mandrake, Red Hat, Suse, Slackware, Debian. I
downloaded the Gentoo 1.4 tarballs and have been considering giving that a shot, but that's a long install. I have an athlong xp 2200+ 512 megs of
memory, radeon 7500, sound blaster live 5.1 player. two 60 gig drives. nothing too fancy, but Linux flys on it. I was running a http, ftp , pop3,
Samba server for awhile, but got bored with the web site, couldnt think of any ideas. My next project is a small Linux media box. Have you seen
those MS media boxes that have that special OS? I'm gonna build one of those super tiny case machines, slap a network card, video card with tv out,
and a nice sound card, hook it to my home theatre so I can stream MP3's, and videos from my server pc.
anyhoo, I've gone on for WAY too long. Dude, Gaz, you should seriously give the Linux another shot and stick with it. Stick those users with the
new Suse, or Red Hat that's coming out soon.