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  •  How long ago did you use Linux? (none)
    They keep developing the kernel. My son has bee experimenting with Linux for about three years.  At first it was nothing but problems, but now it is great.  Programs never crash.  You might want to look at installing the newest kernel.
    •  about 3 years ago (none)
      I was using redhat 7.1.  I know they've done a lot of work since, but my computer just doesn't have hardware good enough to run the new versions well.  I can't move my new computer over to linux because I really need windows for my work and also because I like to watch divx movies on it.  I've tried dual booting in the past and think it's too much a pain in the ass.

      I was thinking about possibly buying a mac laptop next year - mac os these days has unix built into it.  Any thoughts on that as an alternative to a linux distribution?

      •  How much hard drive on your new computer? (none)
        Partitions will probably work for you.  If you want to avoid Windows, mac is a good alternative.  since it is a new mac it porbably doesn't have the email attachment problems or other problems getting along with PC users.
        •  16gb (none)
          Hard disk shouldn't be the problem.  But I think my PII-400 probably won't handle the new distros.  Maybe I'm wrong.  What do you think - this is the hardware spec:

          PII-400Mhz
          384MB 100Mhz SDRAM
          16GB hard drive
          ATI 4MB AGP video card

          It's a fairly old computer (top of the line - 6 years ago) but it's still running strong.  I haven't had any mechanical failures.

      •  oh gods, early distros were painful (none)
        and OSX is a decent OS, but we are all having problems with our G4s at work right now. I, for one, am really, really fucking pissed off with my laptop.

        one thing I cannot fucking STAND about any MacOS is the lack of tinkering you can do to it. It's build behind this goddamned wall of drop-down menus and dumb icons. For that reason, MacOS will never be my OS of preference (even if I must use it at work).

        Ask Copernicus about pushing limits.

        by Xray the Enforcer on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 07:59:39 PM PST

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        •  I like the wall (none)
          one thing I cannot fucking STAND about any MacOS is the lack of tinkering you can do to it. It's build behind this goddamned wall of drop-down menus and dumb icons.

          I like that wall.  It works just great for me, and I don't really want to be wasting much time tinkering to get the machine to work nicely.  That's one of the things that always pained me when I was trying out Linux - the sheer amount of work needed just to get desktops working nicely.  And even then they didn't work very nice.  And that was just 1.5 years ago.  I know KDE and Gnome are still making big strides, but I'm not really interested anymore.

          When Linux desktops have as nice a default wall of drop-down menus and icons as OS X does, so the great majority of people who would rather not tinker don't have to, that's when it'll be ready for the masses (and also when it gets Quicken/MS Money, and don't nobody go mentioning WINE).

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