So what does everyone run here? I mean all our servers run Apache over Redhat (for the most part), but at home, all alone... what's running?
I've tried Redhat, Mandrake, BeOS, of which ALL have failed badly. If anything all the alternatives have made me more a fan of 'Uncle Bill' than anything they've done themselves. Granted a run a system that's not 'normal' for those installations.
Compaq 1500c Notebook (pII 366mhz 96 meg ram 4 gig HD)
Iomega Zip (100MB) drive
Canon USB scanner
HP Photosmart C30 digital camera (serial con.)
some 2nd hand Philips 'cath tube' external monitor
Xircom 56k Global Access PC card modem.
Even without the 'extras' Mandrake choked on my modem and sent the boot into a loop ( the infamous 'gibberish' screen ) When I finally installed and told it to ignore my modem I got 8 bit graphics at 600x400. (sometimes shakey at 800x600).
Redhat proved to be about the same...
BeOS (the windoze version) installed but failed to boot - it just hung on load.
Corel Linux (as above)
Windows I can punish on a laptop and can key out of the 'blue screen of death' 8 times out of 10. I can run all the USB, or microsoft 'Intellimouse' products I want. I can safely install the literal 'bucketload' of Adobe and Macromedia programs I own with no problem. I can run a music CD through the ROM and have it play through my Altec Lansing powercubes with no effort at all, without having to 'dock' the CR-ROM first.
It sickens me to fall on the side of MS, but I'm sorry to say, unless you're using a very generic system and a ton of freeware, Windows is the way to go...
It crashes.. it chews CPU resources... it's three times (at least) as big as it should be, and a reboot is needed at least two to three times a day, but it's comprehensive, and complete. It's as vanilla as can be for compatibility, and gets me from A to B with a minimum of fuss at 800x600 24, 16 and 8 bit color at my choice.
And if all else fails... I grab what I need onto .zip, go to DOS, and type c:\format, and start all over again *lol*
Linux will be great *one day*... For now Uncle Bill is still the best of a bad bunch in my eyes.