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Re: Disappointment with Linux

  • Subject: Re: Disappointment with Linux
  • From: The Ghost In The Machine <ewill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 23:59:03 GMT
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, JEDIDIAH
on Thu, 30 Mar 2006 15:02:54 -0600
> On 2006-03-30, Grug <grug2005@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> I am very disappointed with Linux installers. Disappointed
>>> because they have become so intervention-free. They make
>>> me feel like a boor. They ask which language I speak because
>>> they cannot read my mind. Sometimes, they make me feel
>>> special; they ask me to swap CD's.
>>> Linux has no future. It offers no challenges anymore. It's
>>> only for those idiots who just want things to always work...
>> I wish Linux made me feel like a 'boor'.  Instead, I need to hunt for
>> audio, video, printing, and a whole bunch of other drivers that need to
>> be updated... then I need to figure out how to actually do it without
>> recompiling the kernel.  Then, of course, you need to get support out
> 	Don't worry. If you feel the need to ramble on about kernel
> recompiles being necessary for Linux driver support then you are infact
> an intolerable 'boor'.
> 	I haven't compiled a kernel since early 2.4.
> [deletia]

Not that kernel compiles are all that difficult anyway; the main
problem is going through the plethora of selection options. :-)
There are a *lot* of them.

Lessee....download kernel source, unpack, 'make xconfig' (or 'make
menuconfig'), 'make', 'make modules', 'make modules-install',
diddle a bit with /boot/grub/menu.lst, and there one has it...done!

Listening to the Winvocates one thinks it's so complicated
it takes a rocket scientist to decipher the instructions.
I'll admit it could be easier to handle a dual-NIC
installation and framebuffers for me have been hit-or-miss
(fortunately, more hit than miss).  SCSI is a bit tricky,
and sound is still problematic -- the output's OK but my
mic input is very very weak.  Of course were I all that
worried about it I'd do something drastic, like stick
another card in there or something. :-)  I actually have a
MediaVision variant that should work, for example.

Not exactly a priority, though.

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Windows Vista.  Because everyone wants a really slick-looking 8-sided wheel.

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