Originally Posted by mikemex
Man, give it up with Linux. It doesn't have a future as it is.
Just look at your post. Nine different distributions for god sake. And there are hundreds more. How is it possible to have an operating system a la carte????
An operating system must be standarized. Yes, that prevents newer and improved technologies to be implemented and that shit but hey, it must work first and work well second. The whole point behind an operating system is standarization and linux fails at it completelly.
Windows isn't fancy as Linux is and don't impress people as well but you turn on the computer and can do work with it. It no longer gives you blue screens frequently, you can download a program and run it. No need for damn missing libraries, packages, versioning, betas, alphas, release candidates or any shit. It works period.
If you think that is the case, then you obviously dont understand linux or why he is using it. he doesnt have to use those 9 distributions, he just wants to try them out FOR FUN! I personally have one partition with suse 10 installed that i use as my day to day work system. it works great, never crashes, all the hardware works 100% and it is so much easier to use and is more functional than windows. For example, my hp combo printer/scanner was supported out of the box, i didnt even have to install any drivers for it, just set it as the default in the control center. you cant do that with windows.
But you also cant do that with many other linux distributions. that is why i have another partition on my harddrive where i try out different distros and play around with them FOR FUN. right now i have a broken kubuntu half-breezy half-hoary installed on there, but its ok. i still have my suse partition that works great. i dont need to use windows. In a couple days i plan to try out the new SUPER iso on the current kubuntu partition.
Ive never really tried slack/gentoo/LFS before though because i really dont see a need for it. apt is a much faster package manager and distros like yoper, vector and SUPER give the majority of(if not more) the speed improvements of the DIY distros. SUPER promises boot times of about 37 seconds for a full KDE desktop and OOo launch in 3-5 seconds