Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
I’ve been evaluating the Lenovo ThinkPad T60. It looks like we’re going with the T60p so you can come to my shows soon and see it in action. During the course of my eval, I always install the core Microsoft operating systems I use for my job. Today that means Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista. Windows Vista is of course still under development and hasn’t been released yet although we’ll be releasing Beta 2 this quarter.
This morning I downloaded openSUSE Linux v10.1. I downloaded the DVD .iso and burned a disk. Install went fine. However, as usual, the wireless detection and configuration programs didn’t properly create a wireless connection to my home network. I took a look at the System | YAST | Network Devices | Network Card control panel applet and plugged in the appropriate security settings. This isn’t rocket science. My network isn’t THAT secure. My network is protected by SiGARMS.
I verified the operating mode, network name, auth mode, etc. I did a few changes to see if I could get it work. A few reboots later… nada.
Ok, back to Windows Vista I go and it’s networking magic. I do love the Linux screensavers though. Fractals are kewl.
Talk to anyone versed in Linux and one common comment is the lack of hardware and mobile support in Linux. Some distros are better - some are worse. I've heard Mandriva is better at "mobile" technologies such as wireless.
My experience with openSuSE 10.0 has been so-so. Most of the things with my installation went okay, but the built-in audio remains in a it-sorta-works-so-don't-mess-with-it state. Since this box is my server and someone-is-already-using-the-Windows-box desktop PC, this is okay with me. (The price is certainly right.)
I've always loved linux, but even when I worked at IBM where running a linux desktop was encouraged, I never could make the leap and use it for day to day computing. I've tried but time after time I run into something that just doesn't work and won't ever work according to googleing so I end up fdisk-ing and going back to Microsoft. At home I just don't want to have to talk my wife thru re-establishing a wireless connection over the phone should it go down during the day (or something like that). She has no comfort solving problems in linux whereas there are plenty of problems she can fix in Windows.
They both can make a big mess of your environment and you will eventually have to deal with the issue...