[SATLUG] A Small World Linux Success Story

Justin Burdette justin.burdette at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 04:38:08 CDT 2008


About 3 years ago, I had my self-built computer and my father's Dell,
both running XP. An update pushed to mine one morning and Windows
crashed. It had been a few months since I'd reinstalled, so I figured
it was time anyway. By 4 that afternoon, I'd reinstalled XP 5 times
because it would crash on SP2 installation or when I would install
antivirus. I finally stopped cussing, went to the other computer, and
downloaded Mandriva/Mandrake (whatever it was called at the time)

A few hours later, my seemingly dead computer was resurrected and
running faster than ever before. I eventually gave up on Mandriva
because I hated getting stuck in dependancy hell every time I wanted
to install something, but I wasn't going back to Windows. OpenSUSE
10.1 was out, and I'd read a bit on it before downloading.I was hooked
on SUSE after 10 minutes.

The Dell and the homebuilt were combined into one after the
motherboard finally blew on the homebuilt. My father was forced to
make the switch too, and he likes it. Since then I've added an IPCop
firewall, Ubuntu Server 8.04 for a web server (although it's still not
working right...) and Debian on my old laptop. I do have one XP box
now, strictly for a couple of games I love that won't run in WINE and
for testing software I use elsewhere.

The only frustrations I've had recently are the web server and the
OpenSUSE 11 updater...but I'm still happy with it overall!

Justin

On 9/22/08, ed <horned0wl93 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey folks;
>
> A Small World Linux Success Story...
>
> Once upon a time, I had all kinds of questions about how to work in
> Linux, how to network, how to work the CLI, how to run wireless, and
> wasn't about to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04LTS after hearing a number of
> wireless horror stories.  No more though...  A few months ago, my
> Windoze server finally crashed for good, and my long-suffering laptop
> crashed a month later... And, then I decided to swim with Linux rather
> than sink...
>
> I now have three machines (an Acer 3050 Aspire Laptop, a HP Pavillion
> 531w mini-tower, and a Dell Optiplex GX-100 tower) all on line, all
> updated to Linux Ubuntu 8.04; a Lexmark z35 printer and HP ScanJet 2300c
> flatbed  scanner running; and both wired and wireless networking on line
> - the whole network is now visible from any machine on it.
>
> That said, Windoze is finally history in my house, and I'm a lot happier
> for it.  Any similar stories?
>
> Cheers;
> Ed
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