Linux project fails

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Back in January, I considered my Linux box useful. Well, it isn't now. Since we switched displays (to be able to play Syberia, but that's a longish story), I haven't used the Linux box at all. I managed to screw it up when I tried to change the display adapter and I'm not sure if it starts up anymore.

What I'm going to do now is to boot up the computer somehow and get the necessary stuff out of there by FTP and then format the Linux hard disk. I've been using the computer a lot for Windows use and that's the way I'm going to keep it. Sorry, but Windows is just so much more usable than Linux. I hate having to compile software to use it! I want easy-to-install binaries! I don't want to solve mystical compiler error messages when I just want to install some software!

What I'd really love would be a system with a nice easy-to-use graphical user interface (Windows is ok, Linux just doesn't cut it), stability (this is where Windows fails and Linux shines) and decent command line interface with powerful utility software like Perl (this is certainly Linux territory). Even though Linux seems to win the comparison 2-1, it's the first part that really counts in the every-day use. I just don't like system administration - I want a computer I can use, not a computer to meddle with.

The question remains - would a Mac be what I'm looking for?

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I'm sorry to hear you've had problems. I definitely won't try Linux now.

If you want to try Mac on your hardware, check out PearPC

Posted by: Iain at June 1, 2004 3:22 PM

I think using a Linux box someone else has set up properly would be nice. It's just that I really don't want to be a system admistrator on a system I don't know thoroughly enough. I don't fancy learning the essence of Linux system administration, either.

Posted by: msaari at June 1, 2004 4:59 PM

I've been using just Linux for little over 3 years. I would actually recommend Ark Linux to you( It's just basically has 3 click installation and it configures everything automatically and whole lot of binaries are available from their repository. I like to compile so it isn't for me but my mom seems to be happy with it.

Posted by: wiza at June 17, 2004 4:36 AM

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