A few items:
My gf, after using Linux RH9+XD2 for a couple weeks, ultimately went to Mac OSX. I bought her the 17" iMAC. The 20" was tempting, but my wallet was already screaming in pain when I decided to go for the 17.
We caught the season finale of Sopranos last night. Let me tell you -- they really like to put in little side plots. Many of them go nowhere and many of them just twist the main plot line. Perfect example is the climax of this season. Tony's cousin could have easily started a massive mafia war, but at each time it could have exploded into gun fire, it didn't. Watching the last episode, they were about to cop out with paying off the vendeta, but then one of those small plot twists got most of the NY people arrested -- who knew!
Finally, I tried upgrading my old laptop (which had rh9+xd2) to Fedora. RH9->FC1 worked okay (few minor errors, few package removals to make yum work), but then FC1->FC2 bombed (rpm and DB became incomaptible). Instead of spending a week in dependency/compiling hell, I decided to spend a week in compiling Gentoo bliss! The result is that my old clunker laptop feels like brand new, everything runs so fast now that it's optimized.
Compile time notes on this P4M 1.7ghz laptop with 1GB ram:
- Basic system setup: 1 night
- Gnome: 1 night
- Mozilla: 5 hours
- OpenOffice: 10 hours
Overall, the install was fun -- been a long time since I fooled around with the guts of a distribution, but the fooling around ends and you do get a stable system.
Sometimes I wonder if any of these suposedly user-friendly distros would be any better, but then hey... they use gimp, sane, openoffice, etc. There would probably be only a few small improvements but most of the usability problems would still be here if they use the same packages.
More to come...
I'm up late (early?) working on a proposal for work. It's about 3am eastern or midnight PST and I notice something vexing about Google. I can't put my finger on it until I realize that they've changed their look.
The tabbed search items no longer have a colored background and the search results page is a little different here and there.
Not sure why they did this, I liked it better the old way. The new look reminds me of Yahoo *shiver*
The steady state of disks is full. -- Ken Thompson