Okay, I admit it. I'm a dual booter. Actually, use removable hard
drive bays to swap disks out.
I've fallen in love with Linux. Its great, all that power for free,
developed by people who love doing it. Many of the complaints people
used to have are now things of the past. Hardware support - RH 7.1
supports all my hardware right out of the box. Installation - I had
more problems installing windows. Appearance - make it look however
you want. Plus, as a networking geek I get powerful world class
servers to play with, like sendmail and apache. More programming
languages than you can shake a stick at.
There are some places I could see it improving. One is applications.
Distibuting apps as source is not acceptable for most users. I
figured it out, but don't understand why the authors couldn't compile
it ahead of time. RPMs work, but chasing down dependencies is a
nightmare for a new user. For instance, I wanted to install Star
Office 6. THe documentation said I needed a specific version of
glibc. I had to go out on the usenet and find an answer. It was some
obscure command that I entered to get the version. If I had to do it
again, I'd need to search again. Not impossible, but a pain.
I hear apt-get is awesome and a good solution, but its Debian only.
Deb intimidates me. I have enough problems with the newbie friendly
Another that affect me personally is the lack of certain GUI apps.
FOr instance, I can't get X-CD-Roast to create CDs. Locks up X. I
know its alpha code, so I'll just have to wait for it to get better or
something else to come along.
Another is games. I read that a lot of them are supported by WINE and
tried installing that. The config file is a nightmare!
However, I do realize somethign about open source. It does not move
at the same speed as commercial software. I'm sure these problems
will be fixed, and can't wait until I can give up MS for good. Until
then, I'll have to keep that windows disk around.
In short, what I'd love to see is
1- A centralized source to see what is installed, what version it is,
and what it depends on in an easy to view manner.
2- A app that handles MP3 burning. Rip em, encode em, burn them in
mp3 or audio format.
3- A way to make WINE configuration a little easier. I'm sure that
will come about when it hits version 1.0
If there's a way to do this stuff now, please let me know. Its about
all that is holding me back from dumping MS at home for all but