Quote:> Question: Does Linux in its current form work? More specifically, what is
> the tweak time to run time ratio?. I'm looking (praying) for a an 'non
> Microsoft' OS to 'de-willy' one or both home systems and, understand
> Linux to be the only viable contender (Apple doesn't count sine MS owns a
> notable slice) however, the pre*ly technical nature of most
> threads is a bit worrisome for a 'standard' plug and play centered
That's not a dumb question at all.
Tweak- to run-time ratio depends a lot. Most important is your choice
of Linux Distribution, and secondly, what hardware do you run?
If you have any idea what's inside your computers, then it would be
rather easy to check to see if any major problems are known with your
hardware. If no major problems are known, install should be a breeze,
and tweaking should be minimal.
Of course, the amount of *optional* tweaking you can do on a Linux
system is practically infinite, ranging from changing a desktop theme
to actually diving in and doing some programming. That's what you
usually see when a technical thread is going on, with the exception of
Good choices for a first distro would be:
1. SuSE. No free download, but an FTP net install instead. The boxed
set comes with 7 CDs and a DVD full of software, and I'm told the
manuals are nice. System administration is a bit centered on SuSE's
own tools, so simple fixes 'edit this config file' from newsgroups
or websites *might* go awry. OTOH, the tools might be smart enough
to recognise manual edits. Perhaps a SuSE user can chime in here.
2. Mandrake. Doesn't come with the gigantic amount of software SuSE
does. Is otherwise well-known for good hardware detection and a
trouble-free install. The last three major releases however they
also built a reputation for installing bleeding-edge software. This
will give you the newest shiniest stuff, with the attendant
3. Red Hat. Although they concentrate on the corporate market at the
expense of home-users, there distro is known for being a solid
all-around offering. They have their idiosyncracies, but otherwise
not a bad distro at all. Perhaps their strength is also their
damning point: they're all-round, so there is nothing that they
really excel at. OTOH, if something works, it will usually work
well on Red Hat.
These are the 3 majors. There are a few minor distros that cater to
the new user (Lycoris, Xandros), but I don't know how good they are.
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