Switching to Linux?

Last year I decided my “New Years resolution” for 2008 would be to switch to Linux. And over these past 11 months, I’ve tried exactly that: switch to Linux. My first attempt came when Windows 2000 was giving me trouble in March. I usually reinstall Windows every 8 or so months (to keep it running fast), and I backup my files on a local network server, so I decided what do I have to lose?

Now I know my way around a Linux system. Maybe not enough to save my life if it ever came down to it, but enough of a basic grasp of the way things work. I decided to take Ubuntu for a spin. And boy did it go all wrong… The GNOME desktop environment SUCKS. Just for clarification: GNOME SUCKS. Now I got nothing against the developers of either Ubuntu or Gnome, but it felt wrong. Watered down, if you may. AND the fact that I own about 19 Windows games (all the others are either freeware or err… uhh nevermind ’bout that), and 7 of them don’t work (that well) in WINE. So uhh the fact that some of the games don’t work and the UI sucks? I don’t think so. Sorry… back to Windows 2000 for me.

So for the next few months I stick with good ole’ Windows 2000, until early June. Some dork on IRC DOS’s me. I panic and decide to try again with Linux. But this time I decide on FreeBSD. I download it. Burn it. Stick it in. Wow. A non-watered down installation! I’m liking it already! Install it. Done. Do all the setup questions (root password… new user info..) reboot. A good ole textual user login. Login. Go to the ports section, this time decide to install KDE (the competitor to GNOME), and some other software that interested me. After all thats done I start X up. Oh no… the mouse doesn’t work! 😦 After 45 minutes I jiggle the PS/2 connector on the back of my computer and it works. As I do have some problems with the PS/2 mouse port on my computer I dismiss it. After I setup KDE: sound doesn’t work. And trying to install drivers for it: don’t work either. Because of that I decide its time to return to 2000. Other then that: I like FreeBSD.

So, after those two uhh “incidents” I’ve decide to steer clear of Linux. But, I’d like to return to FreeBSD, or perhaps Slackware, an advanced Linux distro.  Should I go Linux/FreeBSD (if so I’d hope for it to be completed on or about the 25th), or stick with trusty reliable 2000?


3 Responses to “Switching to Linux?”

  1. Andrew T. Says:

    “Switching to Linux” is an act that I’ve floated on my list of tentative resolutions for several years straight. I’ve fooled around with live CD distributions and sat in on a couple of user groups, looking for information to soak up.

    So far, my biggest impediment has simply been getting it running, let alone advancing to the transition stage: I’m not ready to use it without a dual-boot configuration, I’m too paranoid to engage in anything involving repartioning or reformatting until I have a better way of backing up my data, and during the time I tried to negotiate a dual-boot setup with a second hard drive, I ran into a ton of inexplicable I/O conflicts and other assorted headaches.

    I try to keep my options open, though: As tempting as it may be to keep Windows 95 around until it disintegrates into dust, I know I won’t use it forever. Someone recently gave me a six-year-old Dell laptop, so I might use it as a way to experiment with Linux again without putting my main system at stake. (Of course, reconciling specialized notebook hardware with an unfamiliar OS is a can of worms in itself, but I don’t have much to lose.)

  2. stoperror Says:

    Actually I’ve decided against Linux (for the time being anyway). One of the prime reasons? Multimedia. I’ll be getting new hardware for a fairly major overhaul for Christmas, and my most anticipated of them? A TV Tuner card. Now I do know that Myth TV is great as one of those media center apps, and Media Center is only available in Vista Home Premium and above or XP MCE 2005, I’ve decided on Media Portal. But they seem fairly equivalent functionality wise. Its the drivers and speed of the desktops that drive me away. Until I (or someone else) makes a slimmed down KDE (like with the Windows 2000 recommended requirements) I won’t be switching. That is unless I feel the need for at least 4 GB of RAM. I really dislike the fact that Microsoft didn’t update the WOW16/NTVDM environment for x64 versions of Windows. Most of the Win16 apps I run run fine under Wine, so I guess I’ll switch to Linux under those circumstances.

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