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Journal Journal: Slashdot Suckage 2

You know I like this site, I really do but this is crap. For a site that preaches about standards compliance Slashdot HTML is horribly noncompliant, full of errors, and coded in ancient HTML 3.2. This is something that the editors don't want you to know. Check out the URL below, you get a 403 forbidden error.

Blah they wonder why nobody will buy subscriptions. Let's see, crap like this, no grammar/spellchecking, no fact-checking on submitted stories, dupe stories, Michael, and numerous other annoyances.

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Journal Journal: ExtremeTech/My Hatred of Red Hat 1

Well another slashdot submissions rejected, it sat in the thingy for about 3 days I assume for a slashback before being rejected. At any rate extremetech ran a nice series of reviews of 8 linux distros. Check it out Here.

Also, based on these nice reviews I decided to try out RH 8.0 'pysche' - bonus points to the geek who can tell me what it's named after. Now, a little background here. It has been years since I have tried out a desktop linux distro. I pretty much just use debian exclusively for my server and IpCop for my router/firewall/cache. But everyone has been saying how nice these new ones are so.. what the heck - I figured I would give it a shot.

I formatted it off my hard drive in about 3 days. The Good/Bad/Ugly are listed below.
  • Good: Nice, Quick install. Automatically detected and configured my soundcard (audigy), usb devices (Scanner + zip drive), and video card (Geforce4). Very nice and a nice change of pace from the typical 4+ hours required for debian.
  • Good: Wow does the desktop look nice. I mean real nice using KDE. The fonts are the best I've seen in linux in quite some time.
  • Good: Nice set of config tools Red Hat provides for just about everything, including the common server stuff like apache. Would be quite useful for a newbie.
  • Bad: My fscking usb Microsoft intellimouse wouldn't work with the 'wheel' enabled. I mean flat-out refused to work. No reason I could figure out, not even after checking the bug-reports so I had to make do without the wheel which is a major Pain in the Ass
  • Bad:WTF? Why are there 14 submenu's? I mean do we NEED 4 different control menus? Argh. I have always despised this about linux desktops.
  • Bad: I don't want ssh enabled on my machine by default. That is stupid. Repeat: No Good Very Bad Thing.
  • The Ugly: RPM Hell. I have been spoiled with apt-get. I tried to get Opera, my browser of choice, installed. Nope, needed a package. Tried to get some other app's installed. It was about 50% success ratio. This was when I first shut down RH and booted back into Win2k.
  • The Ugliest: NTFS. I still get mad just thinking about this. Red Hat doesn't enable NTFS support by default. Most ditros, like SuSe will auto-mount your NTFS partitions for you. Not RH. Nothing I did could get the NTFS module to load. Nothing. I tried loading into the kernel and everything else it just *refused*. My more geeky linux friends tried it and gave up. I gave up after an hour and formatted the fscking drive. I'm sorry RH but I am not going to spend an hour trying to read my NTFS partitions when SuSe and many others will automatically detect/mount these partitions on install

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For some god unknown reason I can Meta-Moderate but I have never been able to moderate. Go figure. Anyone have any clue why?

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