Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Fun Techie Stuff
Those who know me well know I am a Linux evangelist for many years now. Since 1994, actually. But during all that time I have had one big bone to pick with the Linux development community. Windows (in its various incarnations) and Mac OS X (in ITS various incarnations) do not require one to know or understand the underlying operating system. Windows and Windows Applications do not require access to the command line in order to operate and/or properly control the system. The same thing with Mac OS X. You can run a Mac and never have to deal with the underlying BSD Unix.
Not so with Linux. And it SHOULD be.
I am preparing this post on a 6 year old Dell Inspiron 1300, in which I have installed openSuSE 12.2, the latest stable version. 12.3 will come out in March of 2013. This system started out with 11.4 - I upgraded to 12.1, rebooted, and then upgraded to 12.2. After a final reboot the system was ready to run - both upgrades were done across the Internet. This laptop has 1gig of RAM and a 35gig hard drive, a 15" display and a Broadcom wireless chipset. The thing is, it's fast. Faster than it EVER was when it ran Windows. And it's six years old.
That's getting maximum use out of hardware.
That's the good part about Linux. Now, if we could just get the install of Operating System and Applications to the point where it's all done in the graphical interface, rather than the command line, then by golly, we've got a WINNER!
Next time, I'll tell you about all the applications that come with the distribution.