Linked by Mike Reed on Tue 22nd Apr 2003 19:02 UTC
Red Hat I keep reading all these tales of woe of people having bad experiences with Linux. Sure, I've had my own bad experiences, across many an OS, but just lately I've been running a Red Hat Linux 9 desktop full-time at home and have yet to run into any major issue. What follows is an overview of my personal experiences with Linux. But first, a bit about me.
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screenwriting / my rh9 install
by steve on Wed 23rd Apr 2003 21:31 UTC

Long time reader, first time poster.

I am a big advocate of using open source possible. If there is an open source program that has the functionality that I need (emphasis on the need) I will use it. I have some familiarity with screenwriting software, and I do not think open source methodology applies to it very well. It is a small market with high demands. I do think, however, that there should be little problem porting already existing Win/Mac programs to Linux. Most of the functions aren't heavily OS dependent.

Addressing the thread at hand, I installed Redhat 9 last weekend. The install was easy. The only hurdle was resizing an extended windows partition to make room. Post install was a slightly different matter. It wasn't as bad as other distros I have used in the past. I did some quick editing of the XFree86.conf to get the touchpad on my laptop to work. I've been playing around with different multimedia players. I compiled Mplayer from source and found that it didn't handle chapter indexing very well on DVDs (it didn't show the main menu and skipped around on chapters). I installed Xine from binaries, but it didn't play sound in DivX encoded files. I installed Totem from binaries this morning, but haven't had time to test it thoroughly. The girlfriend will probably have a few comments when I get home tonight as the laptop is our main DVD viewing device. The other problem I ran into was recompiling the kernel. All I wanted to enable was ACPI, NTFS, and sonypi. I followed the Redhat documents for doing this and used the sample kernel-i686.config with the changes I wanted made in Xconfig. I did this several times and had no luck. Sometimes my USB mouse and/or wlan card wouldn't work. Other times the root filesystem wouldn't mount. Finally I gave up last night on doing kernel recompiles, installed the NTFS rpm, and gave up on ACPI and sonypi for the time being.

I still have windows installed on another partition, but only because I require matlab and don't want to tackle getting wine working just yet. I also don't want to buy the linux version of matlab just yet.