What I've accomplished with linux the last two weeks:
Installed and tested JDK2.0 standard and enterprise editions.
Installed and tested IBM VisualAge for Java for Linux.
Installed and tested Postgresql.
Installed and tested Apache, Tomcat, et al..
Installed a mini-IDE called Jipe (love this little editor).
Created several classes and beans, including data access beans.
Began a side project in development for a local company.
With a few hiccups here and there (remedied in short order), everything went
pretty darn smoothly. Linux development tools have come a long way.
Flush with the success of my endeavours, Sunday night I decided it was about
time that I attempted to get my Midiman DIO-2448 digital sound card to work.
After all - the alsa project claimed to have a driver. They are even linked to
from the Delta home page at midiman.net.
What did I find?
The alsa documentation is terrible. Really, really bad. Finally, after
experiencing a heavy PITA factor, I got the drivers loaded. Result? I can
actually use the alsa driver to play audio - but I can't hear anything. Why?
Because the alsa mixer can't detect it's own driver running. Agh. I cannot
find a solution for this, so I am back to my original configuration, where my
sblive is supported through the default install, and the DIO-2448 is
As has long been the case, development tools on linux rock - and what should
be simple system maintenance and accessibility is needlessly complicated and
It's just as well, though. I keep Windows around for a lot of things these
days - one of which is digital audio editing. The tools that exist for linux -
which certainly number more than they did last year - are all pretty immature.
I get a little miffed with a number of advocates who simply don't understand
the concept of "the right tool for the job" - like the kill-filed "Jedi".
I will continue to dual boot. I am, however, extremely happy with the java
development tools on linux though - that simply made my week, I tell you.