Re: New to Linux. I'm not impressed :(
From: Chris (chrisbauer_at_columbus.rr.com)
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 04:08:10 GMT
> Normally I am a Mac person but I picked up a Pentium 4 system in order to
> experiment with Linux. The processor is a 3.0ghz chip and 1 gigabite
> of memory. The chip says it is hyperthread whatever that means?
> So I install Suse 9.3 Professional which I purchased at Borders Bookstore
> and it seemed to go ok except for my nvidia card which required an update
> to get working in accelerated 3d mode.
> After playing around with Linux and kde for 2 days I have to conclude that
> I am not impressed at all.
> Linux/Suse is very slow and many applications just don't seem to function
> at all. Does anyone test this linux software before they package it?
> It sure does not appear so because some programs don't even work.
> 1. Web browsing is so slow it's like being on a dial up and that is even
> disabling IPV6 which I found instructions for on the suse website.
> KSCD won't play my CDs and I see no option to use the digital extraction
> 2.Xmms crashes all the time.
> 3.Kaffeine crashes as well and leaves behind stuff running in the process
> list. It also sucks up memory and grinds the system to a halt. kmail for
> some reason keeps asking me for my password even though I saved it.
> 4.I can't print from firefox but can from other applications. The network
> browser in konqueror sometimes finds my network and other times finds
> 5.My scanner, a Canon USB does not work. My digital camera, a Polaroid
> dPDC5070B does not work with Digikam. My Samsung ML1710 does not work in
> toner saver mode and will not cancel jobs when the cancel button is
> 6. I can select 1280x1024 24 bit OR 3D but not both. I have to drop to
> 16bpp to use 3D. Works fine with Windows XP at 32bpp and acceleration.
> Overall, suse 9,3 seems extremely slow considering it is running on a
> pretty high power system with fast hardisk and plenty of memory.
> Is there anyway to speed this snail up and get my hardware to function?
> I ended up installing Windows XP Professional on this system and while it
> looks a bit toyish, it runs blazingly fast but not as fast as my OSX
> If suse is typical of linux in general, Windows has nothing to worry about
> and us mac users are going to laugh our asses off at the concept of
> switching to linux.
Check out XANDROS its the best distro i have see Very Plug and Play