Left in the lurch by Linux
For more than ten years now I’ve been trying to use Linux, but it it just doesn’t seem to like me.
When I retired from Unisa 10 years ago I bought a new computer with an unimaginable amount of disk space, a whole 8 Gigs, so I thought I would try Linux.
I got Mandrake Linux and installed it, but it did not recognise the video card on my new computer, so none of the GUIs would load. So when I was feeling bored I would load up Linux and play with commands like cat and ls and stuff like that, but eventually I tired of that, and so didn’t use it very much.
Later, after I’d added a 40 Gig drive I tried again, and got KDE to work, but again, it didn’t seem to do very much. But I recently had to swap the 40 Gig drive for a 450 Gig one, and a friend gave me the latest distribution of Fedora, version 12, and I installed that. Well, it’s almost back to square one, but not quite. It doesn’t recognise my monitor (Flatron W1542S). I hoped that it being the latest distro it might, but it doesn’t. So there is a GUI of sorts, but it looks like Windows loaded in “safe” mode. Big characters and lots of things don’t work, because the buttons you need to click on are below the bottom edge of the screen, and there’s no way to scroll down to them, or scroll them up so you can see them.
So I can play with ls and cat and things like that, and yes, I know it is a very powerful operating system, but if it doesn’t do very much, I’ll go back to Windows to get some actual work done. For me, Linux remains a toy.