posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 06:26 PM
Some of you may have caught my thread recently about discovering that Google had come to the habit of not simply sync'ing data in real time across
platforms that are there to sync...but storing data server side in one of the massive server farms they have built around the world. Well, I had hoped
to dump 'The Goog' that night, but..as anyone who may have tried to do such a thing in the modern age has discovered? It ain't that easy. Not that
easy at all.... Google is everywhere!
So, since I've also been more than a bit annoyed by Microsoft's apparent stated attitude that we'll take the new interface concept they came up
with and like it or else....I chose 'or else' and have managed to solve two major problems at once! I couldn't be happier and Christmas came a few
days early with a very unexpected surprise.
What I've now found to work where it never has before is Linux. I've got everything MS wiped off my laptop now with OpenSUSE running for the
distribution. While sitting here on my MS desktop and watching my...AHEM...KEYSTROKES...lag at times..ahem... I have my headphones plugged into my
laptop on the wall screen ..which is very happily multi-tasking away on a number of things at the moment, including a COUPLE
...while I also listen to Pandora without a skip. Oh... It's taken a long time to find a Distribution that installed as easily as Windoze, runs as
clean as Winblows and runs FASTER with more power.
This installed in 1/2 the time and less trouble than Win 7. That's saying quite a bit given how near idiot proof Windows 7 installs have become. Now
what has me as giddy as a school kid is this...... ALL my devices came online and started working as they should, as they were activated by software
...without a THING done by me. This is a Compaq/HP laptop, folks... These are supposed to be so proprietary, they squeak it out of the box. ...and
I've never been able to DOWNSTEP this laptop to Windows XP without losing half the stuff (Sound, Touchpad, Some or all USB ports, Video issues... you
name it).. OpenSUSE recognized and brought online every last thing. It even recognized my LCD wall screen as being a TV, not a monitor and being
entirely separate from the internal laptop display. Even Windows chokes on THAT one regularly with
my determined effort.
Now that has been the first time I've worked with a Linux Distro that nothing had to be touched for all to function perfectly.
I think Linux may just be arriving as a true and viable alternative. Commercial software not overlapping is a drawback...but I have 2 programs to do
everything I have 1 to do on my desktop and they are FREE on the Linux system. I've paid a fortune for things like Adobe Master Suite. It's
something to consider anyway and I couldn't wait to share!
(Oh...and I've been on this all day and I haven't seen a single blinking cursor at a command line.....for those who have rightly imagined that as
being a required part of any linux experience in the past. The future is looking bright and it doesn't take a 'window' to get the sunshine!