I'd like to use Linux but...

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what is your excuse?
as for myself, I am too busy.

Latham Green, Monday, 19 November 2007 02:56 (twelve years ago) link

I keep a dual-boot on my main computer, and run the hunk of junk in the living room off of Kubuntu.

However, you can't really use it to game on, so i always need windows.

kingfish, Monday, 19 November 2007 03:21 (twelve years ago) link

I am lazy and ignorant.

Oilyrags, Monday, 19 November 2007 03:53 (twelve years ago) link

CBF

electricsound, Monday, 19 November 2007 04:10 (twelve years ago) link

Linux boosters tend to irritate me, and I don't want to turn into one.

Abbott, Monday, 19 November 2007 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

they're like people smug about not owning a television set.

sanskrit, Monday, 19 November 2007 04:21 (twelve years ago) link

YES. For real. Like, I like an OS that can use real programs (like Gimp is an acceptable substitute for Photoshop wtf); I like eating food I can afford, sorry it's not organic free-range burghum and mustard or whatever whatever it is you eat; sorry I eat at McDonalds, I like it; sorry I fucking watch South Park it makes me lafff....etc ad infinitum

Abbott, Monday, 19 November 2007 04:23 (twelve years ago) link

Linux is 2398478923749 times better than it used to be. No more compiling kernels or locating dependencies or any of that shit, it all just works now.

Ubuntu is fantastic. I switched in March and just don't bother with Windows anymore.

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 19 November 2007 04:36 (twelve years ago) link

It refuses to install on my PC, so it's not that good is it.

Ste, Monday, 19 November 2007 10:07 (twelve years ago) link

> No more compiling kernels or locating dependencies or any of that shit, it all just works now.

ha, not if you're me - somewhere between edgy and feisty my cpu stopped scaling so it was 1800MHz all the time and fan was much more prone to come on (made the room noticably hotter as well). spent a day or so trying to recompile custom kernels to get it to work again (problem seems to be somewhere between kernels 2.6.17 and 2.6.20, every other livecd i've tried does the same thing). downgraded back to edgy in the end.

spent yesterday evening trying to play flacs, oggs and mp3s and double clicking on any of them lauched a different media player, none of which would actually play all 3 formats.

> (like Gimp is an acceptable substitute for Photoshop wtf)

gimp is a perfectly acceptable substitute for photoshop when you don't have 230 quid to spend on a graphics editor.

koogs, Monday, 19 November 2007 10:29 (twelve years ago) link

lol linux

DG, Monday, 19 November 2007 11:15 (twelve years ago) link

gimp is a perfectly acceptable substitute for photoshop when you don't have 230 quid to spend on a graphics editor.

It really isn't, except for the mundane stuff. Can it even do CMYK yet?

stet, Monday, 19 November 2007 13:22 (twelve years ago) link

i always thought the cmyk stuff was a patent issue rather than coding issue but i hear the new gegl engine in the next release will support it.

that said, when was the last time i needed to do cmyk stuff? oh, wait, never. 8)

koogs, Monday, 19 November 2007 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

man the idea of ANYONE paying for photoshop really blows my mind

Abbott, Monday, 19 November 2007 18:39 (twelve years ago) link

It refuses to install on my PC, so it's not that good is it.

-- Ste, Monday, 19 November 2007 21:07 (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

Can't blame the OS for the hardware not providing drivers.

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 19 November 2007 19:12 (twelve years ago) link

if the thing won't even install from the get go how on earth are you supposed to install linux drivers anyway ?!

and i've tried four different linux types too, all refuse to recognise my very simple basic dvd reader,

Windows did.

nuff said.

Ste, Monday, 19 November 2007 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

Manufacturers make drivers for Windows. You cannot blame any Linux for this. It's like putting milk in your car and expecting it to go.

More manufacturers are supporting Linux now, but until they all do there will still be a few problems. Companies like Dell offer Linux pre-installed so you don't have to do anything.

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 19 November 2007 21:31 (twelve years ago) link

That's what I was doing wrong! I was putting milk in my car when it should have been Sunny D!

Abbott, Monday, 19 November 2007 21:36 (twelve years ago) link

somewhere between edgy and feisty my cpu stopped scaling so it was 1800MHz all the time and fan was much more prone to come on (made the room noticably hotter as well).

Really? I'm on feisty and have had no such problem. I did lower the temp at which the fan kicks in in order to stop the bastard overheating (it's a Dell), but I probably didn't have to.

My old PC (P3 866MHz, 256Mb RAM) was ratshit with Win2000, to the point where it got so loaded up with its own crap (and viruses/spyware, presumably) that it was literally unusable. I put edgy on it and it ran like a dream.

Autumn Almanac, Monday, 19 November 2007 21:42 (twelve years ago) link

> Really? I'm on feisty and have had no such problem.

yeah, is very hardware specific from what i gather. have always had add acpi=off to kernel boot parameters which should make any scaling impossible but, for some reason, it works in edgy. have read pages (in italian and german. luckily acpi is acpi in all languages 8) by people with similar laptops to mine (an Asus A6KM Q013H) who have no such problems (or have other problems). have changed bioses, replaced dsdt tables, recompiled kernels but nothing...

koogs, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:20 (twelve years ago) link

Autumn, I don't actually think it's a driver issue anyway. I tried an old CD drive (which had previously successfully installed linux on an older machine) and this too failed with the same error.

So it's probly my shitty motherboard, which quite frankly has always had 'issues' ever since I bought the shitty thing from PC shitty World

(note to ilxors, never ever buy from PC World. They are rub)

Ste, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:32 (twelve years ago) link

Manufacturers make drivers for Windows. You cannot blame any Linux for this. It's like putting milk in your car and expecting it to go.

A DVD-ROM drive is a generic IDE device that does not need drivers. This probably isn't a driver issue.

Anyway, the fact is, Linux didn't work out of the box on his hardware in the most basic and fundamental way. This "don't blame Linux, contact your manufacturer" attitude, while perhaps fair in some cases, comes across to curious people as passing the buck.

So really, when Linux has problems like this (which is increasingly rare, as you say) it's like giving away organic milk which you claim will work in cars whose manufacturers support it, and then blaming the manufacturer for not publishing the specifications of their engine when it doesn't work. The fact is, it doesn't work. Who gives a shit why apart from the dairy farmer?

caek, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:41 (twelve years ago) link

A fair argument, but by blaming Linux for driver troubles you're still blaming the wrong entity.

I agree that it should work with an IDE ROM drive though. I've honestly not heard of a difficulty like that before.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:00 (twelve years ago) link

A fair argument, but by blaming Linux for driver troubles you're still blaming the wrong entity.

I don't think anyone is actually blaming Linux on this thread.

caek, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:11 (twelve years ago) link

hi Hanle y!!

someone must have launched an exploding pig against the night sky?

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 12:40 (twelve years ago) link

i only like eating food that Abbott can't afford

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 12:43 (twelve years ago) link

I'd like to use Linux, and in fact have Gutsy running on my laptop, but for some reason I can't get an internet connection going anymore. I'm working through it on the support forums, but it's slow going. I had my share of issues with connectivity back when I was running XP, so as per usual I suspect it's a hardware issue, but it's no less frustrating.

Here's my thread on the Ubuntu Forum if anyone wants to take a crack at it.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 16:10 (twelve years ago) link

I'd like to use Linux but...

1) I use my machines for work, not just for internet terminals and general futzing around with photos and music and what have you.

2) I've never been motivated enough to learn to make it work even for that much.

3) Why bother?

kenan, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 16:47 (twelve years ago) link

Linux is fine for x-terminals, but I'll run it on my main machine when you pry Solaris from my cold dead fingers.

shieldforyoureyes, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

You use Solaris as your desktop? Why?

stet, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

Because he has Suns.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:23 (twelve years ago) link

That said, Dave, is there a minimal sparc CD set for getting OpenSolaris runnning? I don't want to burn 6 cds.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

Sun will send you one, IIRC.

stet, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

I don't have a DVD drive or an x86 machine

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

I don't run Solaris on the desktop, I refered to "x-terminals" and "main machine" yaknow. Terminals live on desktops, computers live in racks.

I'm actually still running Solaris 8, because I want to maintain a consistant environment between my ss1000's and my E3500. That's not a very good reason, but...

E10K's are beginning to get cheap on the used market... mmmmmm.

shieldforyoureyes, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:30 (twelve years ago) link

You can get the CDs for sparc here http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/solaris-express/get.jsp -- Solaris express is "built on OpenSolaris technologies" which may or may not be what you want.
xpost
we have just binned some at our work; they refuse to give them to me "for legal reasons".

stet, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

Shit, sorry Jon, that link is for DVDs for X86 only. I could have sworn it said CD mailing as well.

stet, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

3) Why bother?

-- kenan, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 03:47 (3 hours ago) Bookmark Link

I have Vista somewhere on this machine, and every time I've tried to use it it's done something incredibly annoying, or incredibly stupid, or gone wrong in some way. Ubuntu just works.

Linux is a crap option for games though.

Autumn Almanac, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

i only like eating food that Abbott can't afford

Hahahaha well obv I prefer that food (ie most everything) BUT....I can't afford it.

Abbott, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

I have Vista somewhere on this machine

Yeah... I dropped back to XP myself. Just like in the Mac commercial.

kenan, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:03 (twelve years ago) link

vista wouldn't let me :(

i used to use suse but i got fed up with it :(

DG, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:04 (twelve years ago) link

No, you can't just GO back, you have to reformat, reinstall, and start aaaaaall over.

kenan, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

Upside: a fresh install of XP on a blank drive will mbring back those wonderful long-ago times when your PC was fast.

kenan, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

Dave, you wouldn't believe some of the deals I see on Suns in Manhattan....

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

Last couple of times I've done linux installs - it has been:
a) quicker than a windows xp install
b) all the hardware works straight away (more than with xp)

I'd recommend Ubuntu or Fedora.
I do still think that there is a massive problem if you need to open word, excel, powerpoint documents.
Openoffice is ok but documents still never come out exactly right. I have this problem with Mac too though
- it's really the lack of a proper office standard than a problem with Linux.

tpp, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i did but something causes the XP install program to crash xxxpost

DG, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 22:08 (twelve years ago) link

Hi Tracer!

My boss is trying to get me to boot off Linux live cd.s like knoppix, but the way I see it if I can't use good applications I'm not sure I'll have much use, unless I was a programmer.
If there is a good linux based multitrack sound recorder...
Still, I am really liking garageband.
I guess its just romatic to think of everyone using their own different OS , but in the end there is a need for everyone to be on the same page too

Latham Green, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

ew knoppix

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:11 (twelve years ago) link

Ubuntu is a live CD, use that. Knoppix is suited to small storage devices and therefore a bit rubbish for everything else.

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 00:12 (twelve years ago) link

Ubuntu?
Of course after years of poverty I am just learning the entire MAC OS X now too. My parents bought me a macbook to help me throu gh school days.
I wonder if I could run a linux on it? Isnt MAC OS X unix based?

Latham Green, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 01:08 (twelve years ago) link

terrible battery usage for some reason
sound is bad on any type of video playback
zx spec emulator Fuse won't go 3x display, it does on Windows.
larger font on Firefox bookmarks, meaning they don't all fit on screen

I love it otherwise! :)

btw this is through Ubuntu unity so I might switch to Mint based on comments above.

Ste, Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:27 (two years ago) link

unity is going away, not sure what'll replace it, maybe gnome 3.

koogs, Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:47 (two years ago) link

Yeah unfortunately I found that out three seconds after the installation had completed. My fault for being so hasty.

Can you recommend some good free linux tutorial places? I have been using Linux Academy for about a month just to learn the basics of the Terminal commands and overall structure of linux. It's really helped but alas budget means I can no longer afford the monthly fee.

Ste, Thursday, 3 August 2017 11:41 (two years ago) link

There's a good terminal walk-through here (though it is geared towards Mac, but a lot of concepts will carry over to any Unix-style system):
http://furbo.org/2014/09/03/the-terminal/

Is there a particular Linux-related application or project you're interested in?

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 3 August 2017 18:06 (two years ago) link

great news re: unity

tpp, Thursday, 3 August 2017 18:52 (two years ago) link

i don't use linux on my personal computer anymore but still use it a lot at work (usually as a VM, strictly via command line). reading the last few pages of posts on this thread about how rhythmbox, unity etc still being shit is making me laugh/cry

it is quite crazy to me how mainstream linux has become in corporate / cloud world given how it was kinda a "rebel" thing many aeons ago. not knowing at least the basics can seriously hold you back these days.

tpp, Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:01 (two years ago) link

lol did you guys see that the Windows 10 update will have linux binary support for developers? not meant as a deployment or server platform, but it's native support to the point where you can use the Ubuntu package management and install the same binaries

damn that is pretty nice. when i first started at my current job, i was forced to use a windows laptop for the first few years and yeah cygwin is the pits.

tpp, Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:12 (two years ago) link

I'm using it right now to tweak around with configuration schemes while waiting for a virtual machine to get provisioned, pretty good

mh, Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:21 (two years ago) link

it's kind of ridiculous, if you don't have another version of the bash installed, typing "bash" from the normal windows command line will launch you into the steps to enable developer mode and download the compatibility layer

mh, Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:22 (two years ago) link

I have it installed, the only thing I've played on it is Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup (ascii mode)

which it handles v well indeed tbf

(yes there is a native Windows version so I don't know why I did that, except that I installed the bash/Ubuntu subsystem for Windows, didn't know what to do with it, then thought "lol sudo apt-get crawl amirite")

if it can save me from the bash that comes with git for Windows it may be worth it but after several months I haven't got that far yet (also git-bash may have improved since last time I installed git on Windows)

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:13 (two years ago) link

Tbh I just use git bash on Windows and yes it has got a lot better even in the last year or 2

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:47 (two years ago) link

it's pretty decent, yeah

mh, Thursday, 3 August 2017 21:49 (two years ago) link

I may just resent all things bundled with git for Windows since the time long, long ago when it 1. installed some ancient long-deprecated version of Perl 2. silently overwrote my PATH to point to the ancient version

and I didn't notice for a few weeks until I ran some work script which I hadn't changed but it suddenly couldn't cope with utf-8 and I was deeply puzzled

it doesn't do that any more either and hasn't for years but that was a bad enough day to cause long-lasting grudges

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 3 August 2017 22:07 (two years ago) link

Yeah it warns you about the path stuff now and you don't need that option anyway

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 3 August 2017 22:20 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

ffs apparently it's impossible to update my Ubuntu 17 to 18, I have to reinstall the os from nish.

unnacceptable.

(AND THATS WHY)

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Saturday, 25 August 2018 08:35 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Does anyone know about this shit?

Windoze has stopped talking to the internet, so I thought I'd give ubuntu a go, not ideal but it'll fill a gap. Installed it, it worked fine, for a day, then stopped booting (would stall at a screen full of text). Tried some fixes but in the end went for the full reinstall and now I just don't get the option to dual boot, it goes straight to windows. I've reinstalled again, deleted the old install and reinstalled, terminated the partition with extreme prejudice and reinstalled, purged and reinstalled grub2 from the ubuntu usb. Nothing. Fuck windows, fuck linux, fuck all computers.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 09:37 (one week ago) link

/\
me with every linux installation ever

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:56 (one week ago) link

the uefi secure boot thing often gets in the way of "real" dual booting. to boot into windows (once a month, mostly to pick up new kindle purchases) i now have to stab the f2 button to get the bios options and change it from legacy to uefi.

(this is mint, ubuntu might be different) but see if there's a simlar bios option.

koogs, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 12:10 (one week ago) link

Windows 10 was pissing me off (automatic updates restarting my laptop, and taking out all my wifi logins with it) so I thought about switching to Linux, as a baby step towards it I tried installing a VM running Mint (I think using VMWare or something), but it would only display in a tiny window and it was really unclear how to fix that (I tried something from StackOverflow and it didn't work). basically it didn't work properly straight out of the box and I just gave up on it. Fuck computers OTM

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 12:10 (one week ago) link

dang ledge. Make sure you're on legacy mode and not UEFI and try this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows

Poo, boot from USB will give a better test than a VM.

All the same,yeh,friggin machines

maffew12, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 12:26 (one week ago) link

ta for the tips, no joy yet though. f12 brings up a boot menu but choosing legacy or uefi makes no diff. tried installing grub2 from windows but there's a multiplicity of options (uefi? legacy? which drive for boot drive?), maybe i just haven't hit the right one ;_;

one odd thing, when i purged grub2 (maybe a mistake but hey ho, i'm just trying to figure this out as i go, had never heard of grub2 or efi partitions till yesterday) the directory i removed on the efi partition was called ubuntu; now however i try to install it that directory never appears.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:02 (one week ago) link

i think it's time to... reinstall windows!

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:08 (one week ago) link

well it's good at telling the boot sector what's what!

brutal experience... if you ever go for it again, set Legacy from the go. It can matter what it was when you did the installing..if memory serves

maffew12, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:15 (one week ago) link

Linux mint seems to have trouble with recognising hardware. Can't get it to recognise my digital camera and it has not recognised internal hard drives.
Windows at least used to automatically connect to both most of the time.

So have wondered what other OSes there are available.
Had windows 7 up until a couple of months ago. Had gone for that intentionally over 10 cos I didn't like that when windows updated to it a couple of years back. But 7 is no longer supported.

Having a lot of hassle with mint though.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:41 (one week ago) link

I think I picked Mint because it was supposed to be easy for Windows users. lol?

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 14:46 (one week ago) link

Dual booting is such a pain in the ass, buy a $100 used laptop from your local computer nerd repair shack and try Linux on that imo.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 16:53 (one week ago) link

I have a six and a half year old laptop that started off as Win 8, then upgraded to Win 10, then dual boot Win 10 / Ubuntu. I'm pretty sure that continual Win 10 updates killed the drive, so after I replaced it with an SSD, I made it Ubuntu only.
I have a desktop computer that I occasionally use that is also dual boot Win 10 / Ubuntu. For some reason GRUB thinks that the Win 10 installation is actually Win 8 and it hangs the computer when I select it. But I can still boot directly to Win 10 by setting that partition as the default in the BIOS. Whatever. Windows still sucks after all these years.

just another country (snoball), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 19:02 (one week ago) link

you're all getting Chromebooks for the holidays

maffew12, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:15 (one week ago) link

Great I'll install Linux on it.

just another country (snoball), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:23 (one week ago) link

Tried some fixes but in the end went for the full reinstall and now I just don't get the option to dual boot, it goes straight to windows. I've reinstalled again, deleted the old install and reinstalled, terminated the partition with extreme prejudice and reinstalled, purged and reinstalled grub2 from the ubuntu usb. Nothing. Fuck windows, fuck linux, fuck all computers.

even after 20 years of using Linux as my main driver, the boot process is still a mystery to me. i had to temporarily install window$ for a dual boot last month and it completely took over my boot process.

burn rEFInd to a usb stick and it should let you boot your linux partition: https://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/
from there it's a matter of mounting your EFI partition, reinstalling grub onto it, and then hopefully it'll resolve itself. i blame window$ for being a bad citizen

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 22:53 (one week ago) link

these steps should work: https://wiki.debian.org/GrubEFIReinstall

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 22:55 (one week ago) link

installed ubuntu now. NOt sure of drawbacks yet. It does at least recognise the new internal hard drive taht Linux couldn't mount permanently . But it was there at installation so not sure if that would be why..
Have yet to find out if camera will be recognised. But fingers crossed.
Anyway hoping that this si less frustrating than Linux has been for various reasons.
& there are other OSes that I've yet to explore. Anybody use anything else for a PC type desktop that they'd recommend?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 07:49 (one week ago) link

So why did Windoze stop talking to the internet though ?

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 08:35 (one week ago) link

(just sounds like it would be easier to maybe fix that instead)

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 08:39 (one week ago) link

preferable definitely, or i'd lose access to photoshop and lightroom (about the only things worth keeping windows for). easier? hmm. where linux is arcane and complicated, windows is obscure and secretive.

you're all getting Chromebooks for the holidays

am working on a chromebook now, it's fine except the screen is half the size of my desktop, feel like i'm peering through a glass darkly.

these steps should work: https://wiki.debian.org/GrubEFIReinstall

thanks, will try them once i've worked up the will power.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 09:07 (one week ago) link

Stevolende, is that disk formatted NTFS or something? If you're gone full Linux, would be good to back it up then format ext4. Though if you want to read it easily on Windows at some point, then fat32 or exfat

maffew12, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 11:27 (one week ago) link

People asking about other alternate OSes, I'm at a loss. My Chromebook "recommendation", I mean, that's also Linux, like Android is as well. Mint and Ubuntu are the easiest things you'll find for full featured* Linux installs... much better than the days when new users were recommended something like Mandrake or Redhat. Steveolende, what did you try before Ubuntu?

* I think it's worth considering how basic you'd like to make things and go with that. I'm using Mint with basic 'window manager' xfce, as opposed to the fancy Gnome or KDE variants. I gave my parents the Cinnamon version as a more user friendly looking compromise (it does the best job of a "Start" menu bar that I've ever seen)... to my slight surprise, it gives all of us less grief than Windows.

I've heard good things about the distribution "elementaryOS" as far as simplifying goes as well.

I've just been dabbling in this stuff a long time. If computers were my job I wouldn't have the patience at all

maffew12, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 13:48 (one week ago) link

tried running a linux machine back in 2007. it didn't do a bad job, but when something went wrong my only recourse was The Community. the thing about "volunteers", you know, there's a question of motivation, and what a lot of them get out of it is the ability to feel superior and to gatekeep, the sort of people who refer to anyone who isn't an expert on the workings of their operating system as a "luser" (it's a unix joke, ha ha, get it?)

hate to invoke the "tanstaafl" cliche, but in the case of linux i find it to be true. i can handle everything about linux but the fucking attitude.

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 14:35 (one week ago) link

yeah, brutal. I even try to read as little as I can get away with online when I do have issues.

Has anyone tried Hackintosh? I'm not into the Mac OS but that could be another option.

maffew12, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 14:44 (one week ago) link

allegedly, all you need to do to get an answer from Linux nerd community is to pose the question like this:

"it's really easy to do <x> on Windows, but you can't do it on Linux, what a pile of shit"

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 15:25 (one week ago) link

isn't stackoverflow yer one stop shop for all flavours of computer problems now?

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:33 (one week ago) link

haha xp

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 16:36 (one week ago) link

Just been reminded what prompted me to move off Windows 7. Avast installed a free trial of premium that screwed up some functions on the machine.
They've just billed me and taken money about 2 months after I had to move off windows because of them.i thought I was told they'd extended beyond the trial and cancelled particularly as I have not used the service on my desktop since it messed up. Phone apparently has same account though. Aaargh

Stevolende, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 17:26 (one week ago) link

i'm old enough to remember lilo, the thing grub replaced.

linux installs did get a lot easier - nobody's compiling their own kernels anymore - until UEFI came along and put a (intel- / microsoft-shaped) spanner in the works.

(then there was unity and systemd and wayland and a bunch of other things that didn't help. i fear change. which is why i run mint mate)

it's also a good idea not to use too new a laptop - the nvidia card on this one caused some problems initially and the wireless. the community fixed it quite quickly though.

koogs, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 19:51 (one week ago) link

we should all just use os/2

L'assie (Euler), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:56 (one week ago) link

OpenBSD all the way baybee

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 21:12 (one week ago) link

we should all just use os/2

― L'assie (Euler)

half an os for half a computer lolllll

everybody knows the one true operating system is TempleOS

Agnes Motörhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:15 (six days ago) link

Had to look up that TempleOS

"... If I want to code an OS that uses interpretive dance as the input method, I should be allowed to do so..."

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Thursday, 5 December 2019 11:44 (six days ago) link

(I should add that's not what TempleOS is about, just a funny quote from the wiki)

In space, pizza sends out for YOU (Ste), Thursday, 5 December 2019 11:49 (six days ago) link


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