Wohoo! I finally got my Linux system up and running! This is my first blog-post from Tux... Before that, a bit about my Linux ventures so far:
It all started three years back. Inspired by Srikanth, ex-Loyolite, working in Infosys, I set out to get my hands on a Red hat distro. But then Mishel(my tech-buddy) told me he already had a Mandrake 9.1 CD set. Installing Mandrake was a breeze. Got the system up and spent some days configuring it and doing...er... stuff on it. But heck, I couldn't get my modem (in the dialup days) to work in Mandrake. After a few months I got bored of it.
Then I got my hands on SuSE linux 9.1. This one was great. Very stable and rather quick... I fell in love with its features and looks. Even then I couldnt spend much time on it since I still couldn't get the stupid modem to work under it.
When Knoppix 4 arrived, it was a huge sucess. Equipped with the latest KDE 3.4, it was all eye-candy plus a HUGE lot of applications in just one live CD. It ran grudgingly on my (by then)legacy PC after a few tweaks. Ubuntu came, but it failed to please me (maybe because I hate GNOME).
Then came the big SuSE 10. It was just AWESOME - 5 CDs of goodies and offered the perfect blend of stability, eye-candy and a HUGE stock of apps. I got it installed (after trying to do so - FIVE times, as my lowly 128MB SDRAM was adamant). It was slow, obviously.
And now, after all the hype about Ubuntu being good (courtesy Mishel ;o) ) I wanted to get my hands on its KDE cousin (I still abstain from using GNOME - so there's one loyal KDE-fan!) I ordered two Kubuntu CD (for 32 and 64 bit systems) from shipit, but I got one of my friends' Kubuntu CD and installed it. There were a couple of problems with mounting and stuff, and Windoze put its foot down and refused to boot. I panicked and ran a repair. Also, this hard-disk of mine was cluttered up, even having the old SuSE 10 distro and its swap(which was a big boon, as Kubuntu uses swaps on the HDD during live boot and this was the only way to boot live on my ancient box - one of the irritating things is it can install to HD only after booting live). So I repartitioned the whole HD and proceeded to install Kubuntu after getting Windoze up. However I forgot that there was no swap for it now and it, as expected, hung while loading KDM. I booted my old Mandrake CD and created a swap, allowed the installation to proceed for a few seconds. Then booted Windoze and deleted Mandrakes root partition and set up partitions in such a way that there was just 10GB of free unpartitioned space left. Then it was back to Kubuntu installation and giving "Use largest continuous free space" during partition-selection (as custom partitioning causes the installer to crash - reason: gparted is rather memory-intensive) I got the whole thing installed and running in half and hour. The remaining things were configuring mounting of my Windoze partitions and doing a PPPOE configuration for setting up my ADSL modem to connect to the internet. All that said and done, look at the beauty:
Whew, nice start to the summer vacations(yeah, school closed yesterday).
PS: Linux is user-friendly, just that it aint idiot friendly.
PPS: Getting M$-Windoze is like buying a toy car. Getting Linux is like buying a buildable, fully-customizable model.
PPPS: (my favourite)Computers are like air-conditioners - they don't work properly if you open Windows... use LINUX!