The Life of Linux... after using Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by im_to_hyper, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

    im_to_hyper

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    Man -- it sucks. I have officially been without my Mac for a good three hours, ever since I packaged up the MacBook to send it in for repair. Optical drive went out on it, even though everything else was working perfectly with it.

    Now, I am using a 1GHz Celeron with 384MB RAM. My roomates are all CS majors (I am getting a Liberal Arts degree...) so they wouldn't let me touch it if it had Windows on it. Just some late-night ramble here to say I am officially using Ubuntu "Edgy Eft" which has been giving me some problems... but as long as I can listen to my music and copy my pictures I am content :)

    Still is nothing compared to OS X... but I must say better than using Windows in the interim.
     
  2. krestfallen macrumors member

    krestfallen

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    linux is a world for it's own. i also have tried ubuntu short ago.
    i just quitted because i can't get so many things to work.

    hard to install nvidia drivers with ubuntu, many many applications didn't work...
    linux is great but what's missing are standards.
     
  3. Queso macrumors G4

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    The main problem with Linux is having to find "hunt the driver" all the time. Apart from that I quite like it. I still prefer the Mac, but if someone took that away and forced me to have another make of computer, I'd be fine as long as I could run Fedora Core on it.
     
  4. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    I disliked the look and feel of ubuntu compared to Tiger - too last decade. But I love the usability, linux core, and the application package system. It is far more secure than windows, but you do have to play 'hunt the driver'.

    I couldn't, no matter how hard I tried, get my wireless card working with ubuntu. The wireless support is next to nothing, and unless you have one of the few compatible cards, you're out of luck as a novice user. I know this isn't ubuntu's fault, but the fault of the wireless card companies' failure to provide drivers for linux. IMHO, it's not ready for primetime use among the masses until 3rd party companies get further on board, especially in the wireless categories.

    All in all, nothing is as sleek, intuitive, and surprisingly powerful as OS X.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    I haven't used any recent versions of Ubuntu, but I've always preferred the Novell/SuSE releases. I find them relatively easy to use, and they come bundled with most of the apps you need.
     

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