I'm thinking of trying Linux AGAIN. Bottom line is I need a desktop
solution. Should I stay with Win98 then?
I need to stop being so technical and use a computer as a tool to save
I *was* a computer contractor.
I buy houses.
I run Quicken and IE6 mainly.
I want a stable (time saving) system.
I want upgrades (yes free) to be smooth.
I want a custom system but I need to get it done and move on.
My available test subject is only a P200 desktop but it does have 64MB
and USB. (not that I'm using USB yet).
I have a nice Sharp Mult function lazer printer (parallel). I'm
concerned about Linux support on it. UX-3600 is the model. I think all
other component will work Linux.
I'm hoping I will not miss having the (free) Windows 98 updates.
I have a cable modem now and at least for two more months.
Prevoiusly the expert advise has been to stay with Windose for my
desktop. What do you think? Be honest.
I do not want to spend more than $20. Am I dreaming? Should I fall
prey to current market extortions and just buy a new XP system? (I
pray not). After all isn't Linux supposed to save money too?
So which distro will work best on my older system and with my
I've read about Xandros and how it "works" with Quicken. Well I have
had Quicken "working" under Linux in the past. It sucked. I came to
the conclusion that emulation was a bad idea. Has that changed? Also
it doesn't look like GNUCash has made it to Quicken level quality as
yet. I am disapoionted.
So I beg for the Linux community to advise me. I do not want to waste
my time testing again but the hope still goes on. Now that I'm trying
to sleep at night time instesd of installing Linux, does that
automatically mean I should just put up with Win98?
I do yearn for a better desktop OS. A stable OS. One where there are
not hidden fees too. I would go Redhat simply because it seems to be
most popular. Redhat has let me down and I will not pay (or sign up)
for support upgrades. I am a privacy advocate.
I love the idea of ap-get or whatever it's called but my Debian
install was the most insulting Linux experiance to date. THAT's a week
of BS I'll never get back. I can't help but wonder why it hasn't
It's obvious to me, he who wins the desktop, wins the OS market.
Please don't flame me. I'm tring to be honest and will listen to
correction as warranted.
Is the secret in the choice of distros, updates and custom app
installation or should I wait?
Thank you for your time and brotherhood,
Hopfully slightly discouraged