Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I recently installed Linux (Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” to be exact) on my not-so-old pentium 4 HT machine, the very same computer where different Linux distros have been installed over the course of two years. What struck me most after this very latest installation is how Linux has evolved and has become a more than capable desktop operating system.
When I first installed Linux (openSUSE 10) sometime in 2007 on this hardware, I have to say that it took me more than a week to have a fully working desktop. Why that long? Let me enumerate the reasons:
* Operating system installation failure
* GRUB issues
* Installing the correct proprietary graphics card driver is a pain
* Edited and reedited xorg.conf for several times to get my dual monitor setup working.
* Finding ways to get Compiz to work, which often lead to bigger problems
* Fixing broken packages after an installation and/or update
* Setting up file sharing was a pain
* Finding and installing codecs for my media files
This list can go on and on but those were the major issues.