Showing posts from November, 2009

Linux Thoughts

For most of what I need to do in Linux, the current releases of openSUSE 11.2 meets my needs. I have a number of hardware issues related to poor driver support from the manufacturers which makes my current setup 99% of what I want it to be. More specifically, my Canon Pixma ip5200 printer whose support is okay for normal printing, but for cd label printing, which is my primary need, its pretty poor. In the last 2 weeks, I also read some posts from linux users who are considering moving to OSX and was amazed (although not surprised) at the hostile reaction there posts caused. So much for a community spirit. When a linux user criticises linux, its not always about bashing developers and their hard work. Its about recognising where we need to improve and to suggest ways forward. Its crazy to think that Linux is ready for everyone and all use cases, because quite simply, it isn't. If you have a relative that's hooked on Sims 3, Windows (or OSX) are better platforms for that

Distro Hopping

Seeing as I have my configs pretty much split between O/S and Data, I am evaluating different Linuxes as there are a number of new versions floating around. In the last month I have looked at openSUSE 11.2 RC1 openSUSE 11.2 RC2 Kubuntu 9.10 Mandriva 2010 KDE Edition Currently running Mandriva. Despite previous expectations being high, Kubuntu is a distant 3rd to the other 2 in my opinion. Waiting for new version of Linux Mint. but might get brave and attempt Arch Linux next. Still feeling a bit chicken though...