I’m going back to DOS.

  1. Daniel Thorson says:

    I like to try out different Linux distros sometimes. And by doing so, I like to see how much Linux improved as years went by. My latest experience included the “acclaimed” Linux Mint KDE 64 bits. Downloaded it for free, straight from the official source, burned the Live CD version and rebooted my PC. Everything worked fine and I was surprised to notice that I had NO WiFi problems and my Bluetooth hardware was identified without a glitch. I tested this version for a little more than one hour and decided to install it side by side with my Windows 7 (dual boot). HUGE mistake! I had forgotten how inconsistent with the Live CD an “install to HD” a Linux distro can be. I still remember trying an Ubuntu version out (Live CD) some three years ago and making sure everything was working fine only to notice (after complete installation to HD) that my wireless card had mysteriously disappeared (despite the fact that it was running fine in my live CD session). This time, with Mint, wireless card worked fine, bluetooth worked fine, printer, all peripherals, etc. No problem! Until I decided to install it. I had a very hard time getting everything to work and bluetooth had to be either ON all the time or OFF. I mean, whenever I tried turning it OFF, it would stay that way until I manually removed drivers and reinstalled them to turn it off. Not to mention the HUGE problem I had with repositories. I saw myself spending an hour looking for a solution (which is, by the way, more common than one could imagine) or so typing huge terminal commands to edit system files just to get my UPDATE up and running normally. Needless to say, my computer is not even one year old yet. Finally, because I had a failed Mint version in my system, now dual boot, I had to reformat partitions and fix MBR with a VERY SIMPLE CMD command and, in no time at all, I got rid of such a sucky OS. It’s funny that quite a number of Linux distros are so proud of that LIVE CD thing, but what’s the point if it shows your computer working 100% and when you decide to keep it (by permanently installing it) there’s so much you have to do to fix faulty hardware and incompatibility issues that you’ll see yourself spending the night trying an workaround for everything only to realize it’s just not worth it. Then, after that, I decided to reformat and test my 4 year old Dell Inspiron and give it my Windows 7 Ultimate. Everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING worked just fine and my computer had not even gone through the first update yet. Wireless, printer (installation needed to connect to the internet once to download drivers), SSD, etc. But I promise I’ll keep trying. I won’t quit Linux that easily…

    • emp says:

      Well, I tried again which proves that I am a rampant imbecile for even thinking anything in the world of linux would improve. I installed the latest linux mint in a VM and it worked fine. Internet was fine, networking, shared folders, printing and wireless keyboard. As such I dual booted it with Windows 7 and as soon as it was installed I was prompted to update the system. I ran the update program.

      That was it, the update failed to run properly, crashed Xserver and collapsed the whole system. After rewriting the mbr I managed to get back into Windows and have a functioning computer again.

      I have been trying linux for over 10 years now and just like the first time I tried it (redhat 5.2), something goes wrong. Linux reminds me of politicians: promise the world but deliver a 10 year old atlas.

      I spent 3 hours crawling the web for someway to fix the update and get Xserver going again but everything just gave another failure followed by some insane cryptic error that means absolutely nothing. Typing the error message into google gives me 15 million results each with a different solution depending on the lunar phase. I couldn’t be bothered anymore. sudo apt-get f^#ked in my opinion. If after 40 odd years of developing this OS they still can’t get it to work than I figure they never will.

      The next person to waffle on about how great linux is deserves to be decapitated and have a septic tank dumped down their neck. Perhaps that’s why the rant about linux’s brilliance; because they’re full of sh*t.

      I have deleted over 40 gigs of linux user documents, manuals and iso images accumulated over 10 years. This same issue was around in redhat 5.2 and its still around in fedora, ubuntu and linux mint. I’m done with this linux garbage. I’d rather stick my head in a meat grinder than bang my head against linux’s ineptitude.

      sudo apt-get fu%ked.


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