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Well I'm giving up on Linux.

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Dec 30, 2000
I thought it was America
There are several reasons. Here are the top 5.

1. It's just to dam hard. I have tried Lycoris, Red Hat, &Mandrake. All pretty much the same. I'm not stupid but I like my GUI.

2. A lot of my hardware is not supported out of the box, and it's a hassle getting it to work. ( A big hassle).

3. My sound won't work regardless of what I try. I have tried several configurations and cannot get it to work. It works after I first install but once I reboot the computer it stops. I'm guessung it's a conflict and I have asked in several forums includung this one I have tried looking for the answer my self but either nobody can or seems willing to help.

4. Whats the point of having an OS with out sound.

5. It's just not as fast as Windows. IMO. Everyone says it's so much faster, but at 3125MHz my computer does EVERYTHING fast.
Linux is not for everyone. You have to enjoy troubleshooting technical problems, for me thats what makes linux fun and windows boring.
I have given up many times;)

Thats why I call myself a Perpetual Linux noob:D

In the last 6 or 7 years I have messed with numerous distros and books, and had Linux running on quite a few computers- and while I have often given up for a while, I always end up trying it out again, eventually.

Linux USED to be only for the hardcore; that is changing by leaps and bounds, but it is still not as compatible with the plethora of hardware that is available as (pick a recent version of windows.)

Linux is still, IMO, not quite ready for prime-time. It is very close, very, VERY close! But there are still compatibility problems that can only be solved by in-depth research for many potential users.

That stuff is what kept me from sticking with it all these years as well.

And to address the speed issue: in my experience the speed comes from knowing the OS: those with superfast linux rigs probably recompile the kernel with only the drivers and daemons they use, which will make it much faster- out of the box there is all KINDS of stuff running, similar to other popular systems.

Of course, my kernels are not re-compiled either- still way past me:(

Try it again sometime in the future: the next kernel may be better for you:D
I've tried Linux off and on for about 6 years now. All sorts of different distros, all sorts of different machines. I've always given up, but always got the bug to try again 6 months or a year later. RedHat 8.0 is the first system that has actually worked for me. I actually have two useable installations of it now, on two very different machines. I've even recompiled the kernels to make them leaner and add some stuff I needed. Recompiling really isn't that hard, though I had problems with the kernel that RedHat supplied. If you need help recompiling, I can offer a walk through from a newbie perspective.

I occassionally ask myself why I bother with Linux. Win2k works very well for me. Linux doesn't seem any faster to me, and it doesn't run all the programs I want as easily as Windows will. There's really no reason for me to use Linux except for the satisfaction of learning something new. I like solving puzzles, and LInux gives me lots of them.

Linux would be a lot faster if the main distros didn't think that everyone needs a bloated install of Linux, including multitudinous browsers, window managers, word programs, and terminals. While those things are useful to people trying to figure out what they like, they take up entirely too much space. The advanced users take advantage of their advanced knowledge and remove unneccessary components and recompile their kernal and such. The noob usually installs the default or sometimes even installes everything. If you think it's too slow, install a very minimal setup, including only the window manager of choice and one office suite and one terminal window and one of everything else that can be found/had. That will most probably speed it up. Linux isn't hard if you like GUIs. Most of the advances of KDE and GNOME toward Windows2-hood are necessary for it to become a mainstream OS. They may not look as good out of the box, but they are just as functional, just as easy, and much more customizable. If you get a setup you actually like, I think you might change your mind.

Nihili- If you offered a tutorial on how to recompile a kernal, I'd appreciate it.

Apologies for spelling errors. Typing on a laptop...

you know there are so many people who try linux and give up straight away (like me). It's just too damn hard to use for everyday use. I want to use my O.S. rather than configure it all day.
For me they certainly need to make a new file type so that you can easily install programs, without worrying about low level dependencies.
But i'm supportive of linux, i have a vision that one day linux developers will realise that they shouldn't aim their O.S for nerds only.
Years ago when I first started with Linux, I gave up for a few month, but like others here I got the bug and haven't stopped using it since. It just takes lots of patience, reading, and doing. If you mess it up, reinstall and do it over again.

And, yeah is isn't for everyone, but there is a whole lot more to computers than playing games, and that's about all I ever did while running windows.

As far as hardware goes, there are a couple of devices that aren't supported, but if you wait a few days/weeks, it'll be supported. The only problems you'll find will be with devices that were released yesterday, and thus the linux guys haven't had time to write drivers for it yet.

But I'm not that worried, you'll be back to linux. Like rogerdugans said linux is getting close to primetime and then everyone will want to be on the band wagon.
Ok, I'll admit it. his is acutally the THIRD time I have given up on Linux :D. I know I'll be back. It seems whenever there is a slump in overclocking I turn to Linux to tinker with. Right now I'm running FAST and stable as he|| on my water cooled neon beast. There ain't much else to do.