||corona_coder wrote: People here dont run Linux. They think of it as a toy. Serious Linux users dont come to Channel 9. No serious computer scientist uses Windows.
Interesting. I've been using Linux for nearly 10 years now. I do development on Linux boxes. I've a CS degree and am very serious about applying it. Yet my preferred platform is Windows.
I find that a little scary.
But whatever floats your boat.
What's scary about it?
I appreciate the power and flexibility of a *nix system. But they simply are not user friendly. I could go on for days explaining why, but Linux zealots won't agree and won't argue intelligently about the point. So, for "fun", I'll dig deep into a Linux
box (I'm a total geek, so learning this stuff is fun for me), but when it comes to day to day usage I'd really rather be able to just get the job done. That counts *nix out, sorry.
Back on the originally topic:
I first used RedHat, way back when. Hated it. Completely. Then I switch to Mandrake for a while (that gives you an idea of the time frame), because it was a fairly easy system to get up and running. However, frustrations with package management drove me
away. DLL hell has nothing on RPM hell. I then switched to Gentoo. If you want to learn the ins and outs of Linux, there aren't many distros that are better. Slackware would get your hands even dirtier, but portage was too nice of a package manager for
me to not prefer Gentoo. However, I later found myself wanting to "just get things done", which for me meant installing new packages, which despite the very flexible and nice interface of portage, was still too time consuming in Gentoo because all packages
are source packages. (Yes, I know there are binary packages for Gentoo, but no one uses them, for a reason.)
Last distro I used was SUSE. I liked most things about SUSE. It really did make many things easy to do. However, for me there were still two issues. First, a lot of the services I run didn't have management consoles in YAST (putting make in the drudgery
of fighting config files) unless you were running the enterprise version, which I couldn't justify the cost of. Second, and a bit more important, I wound up back in package management hell. I wanted to run packages that weren't in the main distribution,
but were available in the numerous public contrib repositories advertised by the SUSE web sites. Shouldn't have been a big deal, then, right? Wrong. I'd find that package A from one contrib site would conflict with package B from another, and eventually
even the supported packages would have broken dependencies. All just from using Yast and advertised repositories.
I plan to try Ubuntu at some point, but I've been too busy this past year. I'm also planning to give one of the BSDs a whirl. If nothing else, I'm hoping the user community there will be more intelligent. I can do with out the Beers of the world, and I've
had to deal with a lot of them over the years while using Linux. And before said trolls attack me here... I belonged to a LUG for nearly 3 years, developed cross platform software using Linux, and probably know the system better than most of the trolls that
would be here. So don't bother.