Yesterday night, I spent with my friend in his college's computer lab. We had been up all night troubleshooting computers and fixing them up, then putting them on the college network. We used a workgroup to share the resources, we setup a PC as the internet gateway which ran on Windows XP, and most of the other nodes ran on Windows 98. But, most of these had some problem or the other, like some had a few system files missing while others were infected with a variety of viruses. So, we decided on formatting the systems and re-installing the OS, but we didn’t have the drivers for video, sound or Ethernet cards, so, the only solution was to install Windows XP on them. As these had a PIII and Intel 810 chipset with onboard sound and graphics, Windows XP had no problems in bringing up a decent resolution and connecting to the network.
Radhesh had recently downloaded Red Hat Linux 9, SuSe Linux 9.1 & College Linux from the internet, so I thought of trying them. I installed Red Hat Linux 9 on one and Suse Linux on another. Both of them we were easy to install, but Red Hat Linux has a better installation interface. Suse Linux automatically detected the Windows workgroup and provided access to the shares, to do the same with Red Hat Linux; I had to start the Samba server & the winbind service. The audio output of Linux is simply superb, you listen to a song on a Windows PC and then on a Linux PC, I bet you would like the Linux output more.
The myth that Linux is for geeks and it isn't user-friendly is really a myth. Why doesn't
Linux seem to be user-friendly??? Because you are not familiar with it, we you become familiar with it, you'd find it better than Windows and who says you don't get software for Linux?? Just visit http://icewalkers.com and you'll find loads of them, but the installation isn't as easy as Windows, you'll need a bit of knowledge. Surely, Linux has all chances of being a better OS than Windows, but as of now some things are yet to get better, like when you are using KDE and you insert a CD, its not auto detected you'll have to mount it from the terminal or using some GUI tool. And installation of packages which aren’t pre-complied are time consuming and at times, buggy!
But, surely Linux is worth a bit of trouble, so go try it, I am sure you like!