October 2, 2006
I'm sorry, Linus; I tried.
For over a year I have tried to be a politically correct geek, looking for the good in all operating systems even though in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products paid the bills.
I installed SuSE 9.2 on one machine at home last year. Tried diligently to learn the ins and outs of Kontact and Konqueror and all the other krap. Tried to make sense of man pages that went on forever and ever. Refrained from asking questions that would only be met with "have you read the man pages?". Did a lot of gooling instead. Spent an entire 3-day weekend installing Oracle and was so disgusted with the process that I never started the service anymore after that. Upgraded to SuSE 10.0, and watched the OS use even more RAM. Installed a driver for my video card that didn't make things look any better but requires me to do this elaborate dance with every kernel update, or risk losing the GUI altogether.
I tried; I really, really tried. But this little laptop - with w2k server as an OS and using firefox as a browser and SQL 2005 just because - runs circles and circles around the SuSE Linux boatanchor sitting next to it running doing nothing but Kontact and a console window. And when something in Windows breaks something else in Windows (as often happens), this politically correct geek usually knows how to fix it. Novell Cool Solutions be damned. Long live Bill. He seems like a nice guy, anyway.
Posted by joe positive at October 2, 2006 6:44 PM
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