n Tue, 25 May 2004 22:05:05 -0400, Glenn Sondemack < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:
Much of this post rings true. Personally, I spent a few days
downloading all 5 SuSE 9.1 Pro CDs. It still doesn't support
my sound card (9.0 didn't either) but it's not supposed to.
But if I DO want sound, I'll have to go buy a new sound card,
which kind of defeats the purpose of a free OS. :-(
My friend just the other day complained his Winmodem wasn't
recognized by SuSE. THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED A WINMODEM. And
you can't really blame Dell for selling him that as part of
a package way back in the 90's -- they wanted to sell as
price competitive a system as they could. When I bought a
very similar Dell in 98, I specifically asked for hardware
that was supported by Linux. At the time that meant a CD
drive instead of a DVD, and a US Robotics 56K instead of a
Winmodem. Unfortunately, they blew the sound card. Maybe
it was supported back in 98, but it's not supported now.
Yes, you will have to edit text files. It's really not that
bad, once you find the right file (or files) to edit! Gates
hides information one way, Torvalds hides it another way.
Kind of evens out. Personally, I like the idea of the config
file being accessible before the application is running, as
opposed to Windows where you typically edit options inside
Windows XP is by far the best MS operating system I've ever
used. Linux is trying to catch up, but it's not easy given
the momentum MS and all the related hardware vendors have.
This is obviously one of the key problems.
Hopefully Linux has gotten to the point where it's actually
putting pressure on MS to improve. The opposite is already