Re: Why I'm going back to windows from Suse.
From: Charles Prince (s_p_a_m_t_r_a_p_at_yahoo.co.uk)
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 15:14:39 +0100
On Fri, 30 Apr 2004 06:55:25 -0700, YKKANYJOFOT wrote:
> First off..this is not intended to start a flame war...I will continue
> to have a linux machine in my house however it will NOT be my primary
And it should not really turn in to one but probably will as some people
do not like to see posts like this.
> I've given an honest effort to run Suse as my primary desktop for the
> last 3 months. In that time I've enjoyed some aspects of Suse and
> dreaded others....while the experience is fresh in my memory I want to
> list some of the frustrations I ran into in the hopes linux will
> continue to grow and someday address them.
> 1) Minolta 1250W Laser Printer - Not supported at all. (it's a
> winprinter so partially my fault but still a frustration)
More importantly the fault of the manufacturers who jumped on the "windows
for everything" bandwagon. None should blame you for wanting to save money,
as we all do.
> 2) Dlink DSB-C103 webcam - supposedly supported but after numerous
> discussions with the author cam still does not work on Suse.
What sort of problems are you having with it and have you asked if others
have managed to get it working?
> 3) NO Webcam recording software for linux such as Aloecam, Webcam
> Watcher or ADVANCED LG on windows. [A partial solution was to run
> webcam watcher in wine] *Note this is software that records multiple
> webcams on the net..not that grabs a jpg and uploads it somewhere*
No opinion as I do not use webcams.
> 4) Could not get my samsung x105 phone modem to work with linux to
> establish a ppp connection. Works fine with easygprs on windows.
Again no opinion as I only use broadband.
> 5) It took a major act of God to get my wireless card working in Suse
> and even then when I go from place to place and try to use DIFFERENT
> essid's it's still a major pain to set them up..in windows the new
> essid just shows up and you enter any needed passwords.
Same again, I do not use wireless as I do not yet trust it.
> I'm a computer programmer for a living..been using linux from the
> console for quite a while...the fact I have a technical background and
> still could not get my gprs modem to talk to linux was the final issue
> which convinced me to stick with windows. I don't want to have to
> whip out tcpdump and ethereal to figure out why the windows machines
> can establish a ppp connection and the linux one's don't. I want
> stability and functionality but not at the expense of spending all my
> freetime debugging things after I just spent all day doing the same
> thing for a living.
Yep I know the feeeling.
> Perhaps I'll try again in a year or two.
Perhaps as you will be keeping a Suse system in your house you will
continue to try and solve these problems at your leisure?
Have you tried contacting the h/ware manufacturer for help? Invaribly
when these sort of problems happen it is because the manufacturer refuses
to release their "intellectual property rights" so that none can do
anything about it.
Another option is to slowly change your hardware to more generic hardware
that does not rely in windows bloatware. Doing this over time as you palm
your old hardware off on people that are staying with windows :-)
Still, it is your right to change back to windows as you see fit and I
personally do not see that you need to get flamed for it. However, as I
said before, you probably will be.