The last build was in August, so I got the new one dated 8 December. Last time, although I could get it to run, it wouldn’t see my wireless nic. 4 months on….
It still doesn’t. Shame, maybe I shouldn’t have picked a card from that tiniest of manufacturers Belkin, or at least made sure that they used a chipset from a maker who works out of something larger than a shed – BroadCom obviously don’t. So after trying various LiveCD’s through this year, and with Knoppix being touted as the mother of all LiveCd’s, I’m still left with what used to be a doubt, but is growing to become a firm belief that Linux isn’t just created by a geek, the geeks are keeping it for the geeks thankyouverymuch. I mean, I’m fairly clued up but when I try to install another driver but get an error where the full path to a ‘not writable’ area is not displayed, wtf am I meant to think ? I’m going to give Ubuntu ONE chance to work – and if it doesn’t, screw Linux.
Why do I want to use Linux ? The answer is that right now I don’t, but I’ve not been able to get a good crack at it. The next question would be why, if it’s all nice when I do, would I want to use it ? Answer is I don’t know.
It’s not software cost – I use freeware almost exclusively.
It’s not security – my machine is protected and I know the stupid stuff to not do.
It’s not the OS itself – Windows may fall apart regularly and need updates, but so does every single Linux variant without fail.
Games – dual boot would sort that.
So I suppose in the end I just want to play and see what this big fuss is about – but even then the geeks will call me out – “But you should have used SUSE”, “Fedora3 is the mutt’s nuts”, “Gentoo or nothing !” and similar geek-outgeeking-geek statements :)
Some animals are more equal than others down on Bill’s farm ?