Re: Linux doesn't work!
- From: Priam <priam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2010 13:48:58 -0500
On 01/03/2010 10:57 PM, Steve Mackay wrote:
On 12/31/2009 10:48 PM, John Slade wrote:
I like Linux too but to be honest, Windows and OS X are a lot easier to
set up and use when you're talking about using the full capabilities of
If you're a gamer and you have an ATI card, this is right.
I installed MINT linux about 2 weeks ago on a computer given to me(they
though it was a bad power supply, replaced it, and it was still
spontaneously rebooting itself. I pulled the CPU cooler off, and put a
new coat of Artic Silver5 on it, and voila' works like new).
Must have taken you at least 4-5 days! :) Isn't it funny that Lloyd Parsons, who pretends he's a former computer salesman, would rather depend on an OEM to troubleshoot this kind of problem?
I did the same on my previous computer. After 6 years, the cooling paste had dried up. I got a $2 tube a a neardy store. Now I have enough paste to repaste ~ 20 CPUs :)
When you use Linux, you learn pretty quick that your desktop computer is not a machine to run the Hadron Collider: if something goes wrong, you just open it.
Isn't it amazing that, with all the millions it spends on publicity, Apple doesn't provide a manual to fix basic issues? Even Dell provides such a manual for its cheapest computers, like the Vostro 220s, which sells for %429 US *with a 20"* monitor.
I tried Linux Mint a few years back. The LiveCD wouldn't log you in automatically and, countrary to what is usually the case, the password wasn't written on the login screen. You had to roam the site in order to find it. That was my first and last experience with Mint.
Also, with distros that are not mainstream, there are often small glitches and security patches take a few days to arrive.
Maybe the situation has changed but, if you ever run into trouble, I suggest you try a more mainstream distro, Fedora, Ubuntu or Mandriva, for instance. Omega Linux, distributed from India, is a Fedora Remix which has all the multimedia codecs installed, except Flash. You just:
yum install flash-plugin
or install it from the graphical interface: System Add-Remove Software.
Once installed, you just update and upgrade from the Fedora repositories.
It has an
ATI 9600 Pro card. I didn't have to do any such thing. It recognized all
the hardware. Setup LAMP, postfix, and Dovecot. All within about 3-4
hours. Granted, this isn't the newest computer components. Being an
Athlon XP 3000+, Nvidia Chipset, and an ATI 9600 Pro AGP video card.
I can't comment on server software as I have never installed servers, but your choice seems logical.
Your computer is certainly not a last generation beasty but, with Linux, it might very well prove to do the work you expect for a few more years.
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