Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
> __/ [MarkH] on Saturday 29 October 2005 02:40 \__
>> I have seen some posts about SUSE 10 being faster and some saying
>> that 9.3 was faster. So I installed SUSE 10 on my test PC and found
>> that it was faster than my higher spec PCs that were running SUSE
> 9.3 is fast enough for me, but I am glad to hear that 10 is even
> faster. KDE can be a resource hog.
There are some things in 9.3 where SUSE was sluggish and slow to
respond, 10 seems a lot snappier.
>> With SUSE and Linux in general I am still a newbie, but the more I
>> use Linux the more I like it and now prefer it to Windows in many
>> ways. I am still waiting for a XNews clone for Linux though.
> Pan and KNode are very powerful too.
> I had to look up a few XNews screenshots because I hear about it
> often, but never used it before.
> It doesn't appear like it offers anything compelling enough to sway me
> away from KNode.
I can't understand how anyone could judge how a program is to use from a
couple of screenshots.
>> I run these 6 PCs:
>> The first 4 used to run Windows only, now the first one runs Windows
>> XP/Windows XP 64-bit/SUSE 64-bit. The other 5 are all running Linux
> I recently got rid of a Windows 98 laptop that I have owned since last
> millennium. I am doing fine with 3 Linux boxes and an iMac (at work).
> Your dependency on Windows-only hardware is probably the main barrier,
> which will 'fade' in due time.
I have absolutely no Windows-only hardware, everything I have works fine
>> Currently I use Windows for:
>> Outlook which syncs to my Pocket PC
>> Connecting my friends' external USB HDDs that use NTFS
>> Running XNews
>> Playing games that run from Windows only
>> My Pocket PC is now about 2 years old, in another year or two I will
>> see if I can replace it with something better (hopefully something
>> running Linux), then I can sync it to a PC running Linux. Hopefully
>> by then there will be a good XNews clone available and reliable
>> support for NTFS if I'm lucky.
> Regarding your PDA,
> * http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT8728350077.html
> * http://www.archos.com/products/overview/pma_400.html
> * http://www.powerplaydevices.com/products/ppvs_info.html
> (dirt-cheap, North America only though)
> Published in Slashdot yesterday:
> Debian-based Nokia 770:
> * http://europe.nokia.com/nokia/0,1522,,00.html?orig=/770
Cool. By the time I am ready to retire my Pocket PC I hope to be able
to get a Linux based phone/PDA at a reasonable price.
>> So that would just leave the games, if Linux can pick up enough
>> market share over the next couple of years then the games companies
>> will look at supporting the Linux platform with the games being
>> released and I will have an easier time convincing my friends to
>> change to Linux.
> I found games rather addictive. I spent entire nights
> 'shooting-em-up'. when I finally realised that Linux would be a
> blessing. That cycle of installing, uninstalling, experiencing
> 'withdrawal symptoms', then re-installing was very unhealthy.
Shoot-em-up games are generally boring, I prefer a good RTS. When I am
not playing games with friends my main game is actually freeciv.
>> Even my WinXP setup has changed a lot over the last couple of years.
>> Now I use Opera or Mozilla for my web browser, Openoffice for my
>> office suite and Xplorer2 Lite for file management. I am actually
>> using very little MS software now and I like it that way. The
>> company doing the most to encourage computer users to look at using
>> Linux must be Microsoft!
> Well, if your are sarcastic, then yes. I think, however, that any
> migration to Linux should begin with the user's willingness to use OO,
> Firefox and the like. One step at a time makes the FUD go away.
Sarcastic in what way? I have been switching to Linux due to
dissatisfaction with Windows, the next version of Windows will be an
even greater resource hog. Why would anyone think that Linux wouldn't
look more attractive by comparison? If MS did everything right and the
Windows users were very happy with their computing experience then Linux
use would grow much more slowly.
Mark Heyes (New Zealand)
See my pics at www.gigatech.co.nz (last updated 5-September-05)
"The person on the other side was a young woman. Very obviously a
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for a young man in any language, especially Braille."