I agree. Setting up the X Window display setting has always been a PITA. In the early days when you had to manipulate the config file directly with a text editor was very painful. Added to that, you could fry your display if the settings were wrong. That is just one of the boon and/or bane issues of having so many third party graphics cards and displays available for the PC environment.
Apple solved that issue by only allowing and supporting their own hardware. I like Apple's hardware but it does have its limitations and problems, one of which is significantly higher prices.
An experience Linux guru can get just about anything out of a piece of hardware but a newbie may just throw up his hands and go back to WinXX :(
Intel is set to introduce a motherboard that will give the Raspberry Pi some competition in the second half of this year. It will accept Core i3 and i5 processors making it much more capable than the RPi. It will also include a good lineup of connectivity. It is expected to be in the $100 dollar range and will be approximately 4" x 4" in size.
Sounds like more fun for experimenters.
Intel - Next Unit of Computing
Slackware was the first truly viable Linux distro. At the time I had tried yagsdrasil and some other stuff painfully downloaded from UNC but Slackware could be purchased as a set of disks through the mail. I believe I noted on an earlier post that I ran it on a Zeos 386 notebook and did my homework for a unix/c class rather than wait in line for one of three unix terminals to a sequent computer in the computer lab.
It is still Slackware and still lorded over by Patrick V. It is a very stable and conservative distro. It will work.
I ran down the rumors and looked at various sources. It seems that the main Slackware site is running on an old server. They do have a mirror that can also be accessed. It doesn't seem that they are going anywhere. They are still ranked 16th at distrowatch so there is quite a bit of interest. These rumors will probably give them a boost.
If you have the spare bucks (??? in these times) buy the Slackbook or make a donation. It is a venerable distro an...
When I started with computers graphic displays were still years away. I can still remember some of the early ones. I was amazed at the "picture quality" displays you could see at the dealer. These were mostly static pictures, video was still a long way off in computer terms. The first usable video I ever had was on an IBM Thinkpad 760 CD that was way too expensive, I'm embarrassed to say.
I still have a tinge of remorse sitting here typing on my MacBook Pro with a Quad Core i7 with accelerated graphics doing little more than typing a text article. The only time I really warm this thing up is when I render video with 64 bit Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5.
There is a distro that still warms my text based heart. It is called grml and it is available at grml.org
It is technically called an administrator's distro. It has all the text based admin utilities the best hacker or hacker security officer could ever want. But for me, it starts up in text mode. You have all of the u...
Scientific Linux is more than just a Red Hat clone. It is targeted at scientific communities. It comes pre-loaded with a number of math, statistics, and engineering applications that CentOS and other RH clones do not install by default.
SL's developer/maintainer organization is more substantial than CentOS, at least in recent times. The competition is good, if nothing else, SL is a fall back for CentOS.
CentOS is my goto server OS, but I have used SL on my desktop frequently since my background is primarily science.
I never got around to Mandriva. My favorite from the days where you purchased a distro was Libranet. Prior to that it was Suse. Suse was really good since it had support for amateur radio applications. Mandriva has been on the ropes for several years. Redhat seems to be the only one that can monetize Linux with any success.
// my English!!!!
I'm just a souther boy from Texas and Florida, I actually struggle with the language. You should see my marks from secondary school!
Thanks for the compliment,
You are correct, the R-Pi would not do well with a full blown install. The three that are available have been tailored to fit. In particular it has Python for beginning programmers.
I would like to see something like Tiny Core or Puppy LInux ported to the ARM.
I can remember when HP was the premier technology company in the world. They sold the most cutting edge equipment and backed it up with absolute support. Unfortunately, they are just like any other tech company today.
You may have read my earlier post on the Raspberry Pi. It is a linux computer on a chip/board about the size of a credit card. The first run went on sale earlier this week. I had hoped to get one of those. Alas, I think they made them available on the old continent before they allowed us yanks to get one. I had my name on Newark's waiting list. I got an email from them this afternoon. I could now order one!
Alas, the expected ship date is April 1, 2012.... I sure hope it isn't an April fools joke since I charge $35 to my credit card.
They are ramping up production so anyone should be able to get on or more in a month or so.
A couple of years ago, my older brother's Windows based computer gave up the ghost. It was several years old and he couldn't afford to buy a new one. I did a tech house call and discovered that the file system on the hard drive had been trashed. His son had owned the computer prior to this incident so it was getting pretty long in the tooth. ie. no backups or install disks.
I told him I could try installing linux on the existing hard drive. At the time, PCLinuxOS was pretty hot. It was even giving Ubuntu a run for the money over on Distrowatch. It advertised ease of use and came with drivers and codecs that would allow him to do the stuff he likes to do... web surf and email....
Long story short, I re-formatted and re-petitioned his drive and installed PCLinuxOS. It worked!
You must remember, my bother is a retired and on a fixed income. He has practically zero computer experience, all Windows and basically an appliance operator.
PCLinuxOS did exactly what he needed....
Linux from scratch really isn't a distribution. It is an eBook. This book, "Linux From Scratch" is a step by step procedure that will actually build a linux distro on your computer. It sounds difficult but the step by step directions are clear and fairly easy to follow. I have built several version of LFS over the last five years of so. LFS is kept up to date by Gerard Beekums and a group of volunteers. A new and updated version of the book is produced once or twice a year. Going trough the book is quite a learning experience. It will really show you the ins and outs of Linux. There is even another version of the book that will take you beyond the basic linux build if desired.
It is worth the effort, all you need is a little time and computer with just about any modern Linux distro and a little space you can partition off on your hard drive.
Here is the link: Linux From Scratch