Linked by Charles Jennings on Wed 13th Jun 2007 10:38 UTC
Linux I have so much to thank Bill Gates for: introducing me to the baffling joys of consumer computing with Windows 95; teaching me the meaning of fear and dread with Windows 98; leading me to the sunlit uplands of Windows XP; getting me out of Microsoft altogether with the arrival of Vista. I hardly know where to start. And if I hadn't flown into a high-minded anti-Microsoft, down-with-Bill-Gates fury at the start of this year, would I ever have stumbled upon ZenWalk? I doubt it.
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by moleskine on Wed 13th Jun 2007 17:49 UTC
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He's realistic enough to admit that if he encounters a serious problem, chances are he'll have to reinstall the OS because he lacks the knowledge to mend it.

This is indeed a problem with a lot of Linux distros when run by less technically minded users. For this reason, a good compromise imho is to run something like Ubuntu but install and use the XFCE DE. In the event of problems - pretty well inevitable with desktop Linux - you get access to Gnomeish gui tools and all of Ubuntu's help forums. The same would be even truer of SuSE and YaST (though he's clearly not a SuSE fan). Frankly, with his PC's specs he could run pretty well anything and it would seem fast.

Zenwalk is a jolly nice distro in my experience. But there's no denying that it's stripped down and is not really aimed at the "2-gig + x2 cpu" crowd. I suspect that the author of this article is short-changing himself to a degree, because he's not actually getting to try the best things Linux has to offer. Like, erm, Digikam, K3b or Amarok but that's just my 2 cents. Anyway he's happy and he has the neat 'n' speedy Zenwalk up and running OK so hip-hooray. I just hope that trying to deal with a serious borkage and Zenwalk doesn't put him off the whole experience.

Edited 2007-06-13 17:51

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