Saturday, May 13, 2006

The battle of Linux - Chapter 1

Over the last week, I have been trying to install Linux. I have a Windows machine that I use for my day to day work, but I wanted to give Linux a try on a second computer I have.

The goal was to install Linux on my second computer, get it running so I could surf the net, download software, and see how much of my daily work I could get done without using my Windows machine.

So far...no luck.

Linux lovers claim that it is more stable than Windows and a superior operating system....once you manage to install it and get it running without major glitches.

I know Linux has an excellent repuation in the server room world, but as for a desktop OS, it is giving me a headache.

Here is the toll so far...

UBUNTU - Described as "Linux for human beings". Does this mean that regular Linux users are spiny xenomorphs who bleed acid and lay eggs? I managed to get Ubuntu to install, but then it would not boot unless I disconnected my CD ROM drive cable. Once I did that, it booted into the main OS. I thought I was home free. Then it would not find my Internet connection and made a very strange noise (a drumming sound...no kidding) that looped over and over again till I turned off the sound. It did find my sound card, I'll give it that, but I need an internet connection. I decided to try...

DEBIAN - Debian installed pretty easily, but then it would not boot into the desktop I needed. I had a nice server if I wanted one, but I want a desktop PC. Next up was...

SUSE - I had heard good things about SUSE. I had to download 5 ISOs (which are the files that you burn to CDs to install) and I thought I was ready to go. I put in disk one. SUSE started to load the installer, then asked me to "Insert Disk 1".

Huh?

For some reason, it will load up the installer, but then it keeps asking for Disk 1, which apparently it cannot find in the drive.

The score for this week.

Linux 3
Me ZERO

I consider myself fairly computer literate. I build and repair my own systems. I know how to install Windows, tweak its many functions, and deal with its problems.

Linux is kicking my butt. I am no Microsoft fanboy, but I can see why Linux has not caught on in the desktop market. Maybe it does not like my computer, but I cannot help that unless I buy a whole new computer.

Thankfully, there is a vast Linux community out there. I will consult with some message boards I found and see what happens. There are many distros of Linux. As long as I have blank CDs, I can keep trying.

I know by writing this I am in danger of getting a blizzard of hate mail for expressing my frustration with Linux. So be it. I am just calling it the way I see it. I cannot get this OS to run properly on my system. I will just have to keep trying.

To be continued.

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