Rich.Carpenter wrote:Same here. As much as I want to ditch Windows, I have to keep it around for things like NetFlix, VPN into the office (company only provides Windows VPN client), Kindle Reader and just about any gaming I want to do.Koffeehaus wrote:Now I run a dualboot of Windows 7 and Mint 10. I like the Mint a lot, but my main problem with it is that there are still to few mainstream professional software available for it. I use Linux for general leisure browsing, music, films etc; and Windows for programming and gaming. My point is that even though I love the new Mint 10, I still have Windows stuck with me; and I don't think I'll consider Linux "single boot" in the near future.
I'm trying really hard to move my programming projects to Linux (Qt in particular), but it seems that every time I turn around, some other set of libraries or framework I need completely baffles me in trying to get it set up in Linux. I mentioned before that Windows has a major leg up on Linux in the fact that if you want to install something, you run that program's installation program (typically setup.exe). I was trying to get the Irrlicht game engine set up in Mint the other night, and I couldn't count the various points in the process where something very important was not spelled out in the instructions, of simply did not work as described.
For example, I was instructed to download the source. Fine. No problem with that. However, it didn't mention where I should save it, or if that was even important. Next, it told me to run .configure. I'm sorry, but I'm a bit of a fish out of water here. I'm going to need more than that to go on. Then it gave me a command to build the source with a relative path - something like "../../install && make". Luckily, I was able to discern the directory from which I needed to execute that command, but when I did, there were many errors reported during the process. More digging clued me into the fact that I didn't have permissions to perform those actions, so I went all sudo on it, and it appeared to complete. Still, once back in Qt Creator, trying to follow along with the basic intro to using the Irrlicht api's, presented various error that I am still trying to work out. It appears that certain libraries may not be in the path for the IDE to find them. Where do I even begin looking for them?...
Like I said, setup.exe, or at least a canned installation routine, could have saved me a world of frustration and time.
Always look for any .deb packages you right click 'em and open with gdebi (sometimes it is automatic) or look for the readme.txt in the .tar files. It usually has a walk through so long as you know basic terminal navigation.