[NYR] Linux? (I think not.)
Posted by tim in Pissed on December 31, 2005

It's not even 2006 yet and I am giving up on my new year's resolution.

I took the time a couple days ago to download a more recent, although not most recent, version of my favorite Linux distro, Slackware. It took 2 days to download version 10.1's disks 1 and 2.

After burning the images to CD's and installing it, I made the attempt to configure the system.

Step 1: Video I jumped over to the NVidia site and grabbed the most recent installer for their Linux drivers. The new installer features an auto-update for the xorg.conf file, so it was virtually painless.

Step 2: Mouse This is where I had a bit more problems... The mouse I have is the Logitech MX510 - a 7 button wheel mouse. The xorgconfig utillity detected it as a standard PS/2 mouse, and created the entries in the xorg.conf appropriately.

I knew that this would be a bit of a hassle, so I headed right for the search engine I hate but use every day. It took me a while, but I finally noticed that this mouse uses the ExplorerPS/2 protocol. This is the key to making the whole thing work.

Step 3: Audio HA! The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture(or however it's spelled) (ALSA) is a big pile of steaming dog poo. Not to mention KDE's x-based sound mixers and volume controls don't work worth a flying crap.

At this point, I am giving up. Trivial daily tasks such as changing the volume of the "Line In" input on the sound card, disabling the annoying "BLEEP!" whenever I am at the beginning/end of a line/file/road/galaxy, and just making my system USABLE are not as easy as they should be.

I will continue to try new distros and versions as they are released, but for now I stand firm on my opinion that Linux is the only choice for a server, but shouldn't even be considered for a workstation at this point.


You are a huge pansified black weenis. I haven't used windows on my laptop in over 1 1/2 years, and you can't give it up windows for even a few days. Pfft, Sissy. Lol.

  • Posted by Jase (Guest) on January 2, 2006 at 07:51:30PM

Linux has to be usable for me to use it. If it's not configurable, it's not usable. Therefore, I'm not using it.

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on January 2, 2006 at 08:49:10PM

May I suggest Ubuntu?

  • Posted by Siplus (Guest) on January 3, 2006 at 10:35:31AM

May I suggest you jump off a cliff? I tried Ubuntu and didn't really care for it.

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on January 3, 2006 at 07:38:00PM

i couldnt agree more, i've done a good 6 distro's over time trying all of them with differing versions to really try and find a replacement, and to no avail.

even if you look past drivers etc, some basic erm photoshop basic programs are not available, even tried Cross Over which worked but slowly and buggy with some functions of programs.. alltogether if you loose productivity through the transition you have lost out :)

  • Posted by twans (Guest) on January 4, 2006 at 04:29:57AM
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