Archive for April 2011
Well, I have attempted another egress into linux via linuxMint KDE. It did not work. After downloading the ISO and then updating/upgrading it as seemed logical, it exhibits the same “drop my wireless connection every few minutes, and then just plain refuse to connect” as all other linuxes have done in recent months. I am a saddened yet still hopeful and reluctant Windows 7 user at this juncture. I am still downloading and attempting to find joy in each and every new linux distro, only to be beaten down and disappointed by even such former stalwart and workable distros as openSUSE. Mint 10 gnome works but craps out internet-wise frequently, and then becomes frozen upon finally being able to apply all updates. Fedora works but is unable to cope with Compiz and Flash (64 bit) no matter what I do. Ubuntu with Unity? Complete trash.
At this point I am not ashamed to declare myself a W7 convert. As much as I want them to, no version of linux works on my hardware, and that is just plain sad. It’s not like my system is all that unusual (Compaq sr5510f desktop, upgraded ram and nvidia 240 video card). My wireless is an Atheros based TP-Link USB deal, and worked really really well with almost all distros as of about a year ago. The fact that all Debian based distros drop my wireless every few minutes is disconcerting. The fact that all other distros (aside from Puppy, Fedora and a few others) refuse to boot or work at all is just plain ridiculous. “Just plain works”?!?!?!? Yeah…. right. I’ll admit that I had to download some stuff to get W7 to work fully, but it was really simple and required NO command line magic.
Once again, I WANT linux to work! I do not enjoy using Bill’s inherently insecure software regularly. But almost every distro of late is not worthy of consideration. Again, Grub2, Gnome3, Unity, and pure laziness are to blame. At a time when linux is making serious inroads on little bitty smart phones, desktop linux is eating its own hippo in so many ways. I’m gonna call it quits for this night… but comments are welcome (like anyone is reading this).
Ok… I’m a dude that has had as many as 33 distros installed and usable at a time, albeit without ANY coding skills. Recent happenings in the linux world have shot all this to hell. At this moment, only Mint, PCLOS, Fedora and OLDER versions of openSUSE, Slackware, et al work without geek quotient z. And Mint (and all other Ubuntu clones) drops my wireless (atheros something) every few minutes. This is not good. As a human that just wants stuff to work, I am an unhappy linux camper lately.
As a bit of background info, let me admit that I installed Windows 7 a few months ago. Just as a lark! I fully expected to continue using linux as my main OS, but there have been issues. First off, W7 works pretty great. I use AVG Free and common sense and feel secure. Second, and the point of all this: linux distros have regressed in so many major ways of late (and into the foreseeable future) that I am no longer willing to be a fanboi (I apologize if I spelled that wrong). Grub2? It sucks in so many ways and spells the end of any hope of “linux on the desktop” being anything more than a pipe dream. Gnome 3? Unity? Really? Just when linux has come to some level of usability by just plain folk, a complete revision of the user interface? This is just plain utter fail. The assumption that Mint will probably use some of this crap in its next iteration makes me extremely doubtful that any linux distribution will ever “get it”. What users want is something not terribly different from what we already use, yet inherently more secure, and easier to upgrade/add new software to. Exactly what linux was 2 years ago. I’m posting this in W7 ffs… I would have been ashamed to do so a few years back.
The main point here is that linux has taken many steps away from general usability in recent times/near future. While many many users will settle for social networking and flash, many of us demand security, stability and yes, a user interface that can at least be configured to be better than Unity/Gnome3/KDE4.what. The fact that I currently spend most of my time in Windows 7 is a spike to the temple of what was once a viable linux opponent.