?Originally Posted by carrotcake1029
As far as I can tell, dual booting will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.
In short, it sounds like it would be downright foolish for you to ditch your windows install. Esp. if your course load may depend on some proprietary software. You don't get to choose the textbooks, the prof does. And outside of computer science proper, I doubt very much they would require people to use *nix based software -- that would not be very fair. Windows is the "lowest common denominator" of operating systems -- that's it's (gigantic) niche.
Last edited by MK27; 06-16-2010 at 03:04 PM.
Have you tried other Linuxes like Ubuntu...? Maybe it's just something with openSUSE on your hardware?
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I run Ubuntu on 3 computers all with nvidia cards. What problem?
That's the same thing I was thinking when I read that.Do people consider 320Gb big ?
Actually, I know more than one person who's bought new HDs/computers because they packed out their existing "big" drive with photos.
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My second distro choice was a tie between openSUSE and Slackware. Just went with openSUSE because I haven't ran Linux in about 6 years, and if I remembered correctly, Slackware isn't very friendly to learners. So I went with openSUSE because there was no hardware compatability issues I could see. My only problems were generally getting software to install, I destroyed my Xorg.config trying to get 3D running using the Control Center manager.
My biggest problem right now was I tried to install snort. What a damn trainwreck that went. For snort, I then had to download Flex, libpcap, m4, and tcpdump. And of c ourse when I tried to make and install them, I was naturally missing required libraries and other stuff I in turn had to download. It's been such a pain in the ass. I'm still trying get it to work just for the reason that I can't get it to work. I don't even really want to software anymore. I just tried to download it to have it, and now I'm on a mission to make it work right.
But, it's the story of my life.
Xdm (the GUI login) was meant for institutions with sys admins to take care of everything. Making it a stand-alone desktop default is truly "devolutionary", as this example demonstrates. Everytime I install a new distro I have to go hack around in /etc/init.d to disable the stupid xdm setup. You cannot just "de-install" it any other way, meaning it is effectively mandatory for most users if you are running X.
I see a viscous circle here: new users demand linux prettify itself as a PR imperative to challenge windows (I think you, lpaulgib, were doing this in a previous thread, irony), and in the process the distro geniuses want to defang everything so the new users don't hurt themselves. They both end up with a gimpy interface that is equally opaque and useless, only making real issues worse and more difficult to deal with.
Last edited by MK27; 06-18-2010 at 08:32 AM.
My previous threads comments were in regard to Windows being friendly to the masses and that its not really that terrible. I said many times that I have no issues with Linux. There's no real irony in me saying that people want usability out of their OS. Better usability is progress. Linux can't stay in the command line forever. As technology evolves, so should Linux.
Usability != taking the command line away. There are instances where the command line is essential. Try doing batch work without it. I don't mind people not using the command line, but don't take it away from those of us who do. I don't even mind if distributions 'hide' it (Like Apple does *) as long as it is there somewhere.
BTW, to do with your original post, I would suggest you keep your Windows install intact. It's always nice to have the option of using it if you need to.
* I realise they don't actually hide the shell per se, but they don't emphasize it either - you have to go looking for it, if you want it.
Last edited by kermit; 06-18-2010 at 06:18 PM.
Linux makes it really easy to get to command line. And dont forget the virtual terms.