I spent the better half of today and yesterday attempting to get Linux set up. Here's what I wanted to do: I wanted something simple. Just a KDE desktop I could remote to via TightVNC on SSH. Easy enough, right? Windows does it rather easily.
I tried three (yeah, three) flavors of Linux in an attempt to get this done. I tried SuSE, RedHat and Gentoo. All three installed fine. All three worked fine. All three SUCKED at SSH remote "Xvnc". It either worked somewhat, or not at all. Very disappointing. Granted, I know I said very nice things about Linux previously, but the one thing I needed to do was to get the remote VNC working properly. That one thing I couldn't get working. I must've installed and reinstalled Linux about 12 times trying to do this.
This was all very frustrating, because in addition to all the install/reinstall crap, I read a mountain of documentation and newsgroup postings stating "Yep! Works great!" No it doesn't. What is not mentioned is that it does work great going from Linux to Linux boxes, not Windows to Linux which is what I needed in the first place because I use a Win2000 PC at work.
If I didn't need to remote into the computer from werk, I would (for real) run Linux all the time with the KDE Desktop (never liked GNOME that much). Unfortunately, I gotta stick with buggy Windows to do what I gotta do (sigh).
On a more positive note - I sent off the $191 today for the final (insert dramatic music here) payment on my car. YES! Can't believe that payment is finally coming to an end. It will be weird not having a car payment, but I'm sure that I'll get used to it real quick. (grin)
The big check I sent off for the car payment went through without a hitch. With a very big sigh of relief, I happily can say I now owe $191 on my car loan. Awesome, awesome, awesome. Did I mention awesome? Yeah, I think I did. (grin) I will have that title in my hands in no time.
As I write this I am installing Red Hat Linux on the Dell. Installation went just as smooth (if not smoother) than when I installed SuSE. Everything is going okay so far. If I can get the VNC to work on it, then I will be satisfied with the setup for the time being. I will need to move all my stuff off the Windows box I'm on now to the Linux box. I'll also need to config windows networking so my windows box can "see" the drive shares on the Linux box, etc., etc., so on and so forth. Anyway I'm off to continue doing that now.
After reading this article, I decided last nite to try and install SuSE Linux on my "blow-up" box (an older Dell Dimension 4400). Install went great but TightVNC didn't work. Blah. Going to have to switch over to RedHat instead. No big deal.
I'll tell you this: Linux has come a long, long way as far as its user-friendliness is concerned. The install went smooth as silk, did a dual boot between WinXP Pro and SuSE perfectly and detected everything (wow). Unfortunately I need the VNC to work so I couldn't use it (that's the reason I'm switching over to RedHat, TightVNC has an RPM which will work "out of the box" with RedHat) - but I'll tell ya, if I didn't have to use it I'd put my primary box on a permanent dual-boot Linux/Win setup, it's that good. I unfortunately have to keep Windows because of certain apps I use (not to mention Counter-Strike), but the SuSE does about 99%, literally, of everything I need a computer to do.
I, like a lot of people out there, hate Windows. A lot. It's buggy, apps crash, and it's just plain awful. The reason I have a job in the first place is because Windows sucks. Windows costs money. Linux is free, see linuxiso.org and pick your flavor. I suggest SuSE or RedHat. If you have a separate computer you can try it on, try it. You'll probably really like it.
The whole reason anyone says "I hate the computer" is primarily because of Windows. It's not the computer that's bad. It's Windows that's bad.
So anyway, I will format the blow-up box tonight and give RedHat a go. Haven't used it in a few years, but if it's anything like the SuSE install was, it will probably be really easy to install and config.