Christof999 wrote:Someone asked if I bought Mint.
Id like to adress this point, since whenever any user complains that linux is not working someone chimes in with this.
This is how I see it.
Sorry about snipping your comment, but i wanted this to be easily readable instead of adding a lot of text
What you have is a cause of 2 possible things:
1. Not googling and finding out if you have linux compatible hardware.
2. Random issues because of strange hardware or hardware that may be close to failing.
I have 11 systems of different specs (though all Intel CPU's) in my house and all of the hardware in all of them except for 1 laptop (old, crappy Dell where the sound doesn't work in *nix...and i haven't tried *nix on it for over a year) is 100% linux compatible with the small exception of maybe needing to install the binary nVidia/ATI driver or a wifi driver.
In my opinion and my experience, distros like Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, etc are more than ready for the desktop. In using my current Mint 4.0 install, other than when i chose to, i never needed to open up a terminal and type commands to get my system working. Also, after about 5-10 minutes of installing some of my favorite apps (Deluge Torrent, Skype, Kopete, etc) I had my system 100%...It would take me about 6-7 hours to get my system even close to that if i was running Windows. Also, even the Ubuntu Gutsy/Mint 4.0 installer is easier to use than the Windows XP or Vista installers.
Also, as for use in business, I work for a major telecom company in NYC and our main servers (3 of them) are running *nix (currently Debian Etch) and they're excellent. I've also been considering putting Linux on the 150 users' computers, but i chose not to simply for the fact that it's not what they're used to. Not only that, but the governments of many countries and also many large companies are switching over to *nix so i'd say it's pretty ready for business as well.
Also, you said in your post that you were using it cuz a friend said using linux could save you money and it was more secure and more stable than Windows...This statement means 2 things to me:
1. You're using linux for completely the wrong reason. Linux is NOT meant to be just "free windows", it's so much more than that and so much more than i can possibly cover in 1 forum post.
2. Your friend is a jerk. He tells you to "go with linux" and then when you start having problems, not helping you...Not cool Christof's friend.
One final thought: You have no right to princess about Linux not working 100% out of the box and having really no one to "officially" complain to or get help from. If you want "someone to blame", go buy a copy of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), SLED (SuSe Linux Enterprise Desktop) or Windows. The reason you pay $100-500 a license is so that you can have support and someone to complain at when things go wrong. No other reason really. You chose to go the free route so in essence, you get what you pay for. If i need a computer and i see an old Pentium 2 junker on Craigslist for free, I have no right to princess when i get it home and can't play FarCry on it.
Even though Linux might have failed for you because you were looking for "free Windows" doesn't mean it's failing for many other people. Why else is Mint the #6 distro on DistroWatch? Why else do MILLIONS of people use *nix on their desktop? If it has the problems you claim, it would not have hardly any desktop users.
Also, the last line of grrrlshapedthing's post sums up everything that's wrong with your outlook on Linux, Christof: "Sounds to me like you expected something out of Linux that Linux was just not ever going to provide! maybe you should look into a mac." (or continue using/suffering Windows)