Freitag, 14. Mai 2010

Linux Desktop Experience

Today I decided to update the Fedora-10 installation on my father's PC.
Its an old Athlon-600 with 384mb ram, KDE4.2 was way too heavy and the proprietary nvidia driver didn't accelerate 2D stuff well - the overall desktop experience wasn't so pretty.
I thought installing a modern distribution using the lxde desktop would help here, and nouveau would provide descent EXA/2D support.

1. Installation of Fedora-13-Rc3 LXDE spin live cd failed, "Install to Disk" simply aborted.
2. Downloaded Fedora-12 LXDE spin live cd, didn't boot at all.
3. Downloaded Ubuntu-10.04. Azureus crashed on my Laptop in Hotspot's server JIT.
Installation worked well, however only used fbdev - nouveau backtraces in dmesg.
4. Went to Ubuntu Launchpad, registered for an account, filed a bug and .... launchpad reported timeouts.

So of course, I can make Linux work on Desktop, however to be honest ... I doubt an average PC user would be able to solve the problems mentioned above. This is a boring, old computer without any fancy hardware.

OK here's another one:
5. Tried Fedora-13 Netinstall, refuses to start graphical mode because too little ram (384mb + 1gb swap)
6. Anaconda in text mode is *crap*. Partition manager non existent (and buggy!), ugly LVM based default partitioning, no package selection.
7. Install Lubuntu 10.4 + proprietary nvidia driver. Works well (horray!)


mbien hat gesagt…

"This is a boring, old computer without any fancy hardware."
this was probably the problem :)

New Hardware support is usually very good on "mainstream" distributions like ubuntu.

Linuxhippy hat gesagt…

Usually I am told to expect problems with new hardware, but older hardware will work fine ;)

For me its no big deal, but for an average user even simple problems are quite hard to fix.

Quintesse hat gesagt…

Yeah, unfortunately this can happen, and often when you least expect it. It's true that older hardware tends to be better supported on Linux, but it does depend on the kind of hardware. But not booting at all sucks.
On the other hand I don't think this "average user" of yours would even consider installing an old computer by him/herself. Because I'm pretty sure you'll encounter problems trying to install other OSes as well (except if you still have the original install CDs, which is pretty rare these days)

cl333r hat gesagt…

You shouldn't use Azureus unless you have a special reason. Ubuntu comes with Transmission installed by default and trust me it uses ten times less RAM than Azureus (on x64) with all the functionality a normal user needs, plus its a lot snappier and startup is instant. Before that I was using Azureus.
As to Fedora, today installed the official version of Fedora 13 and as I expected, it's not for newbies, it managed to freeze once, searches for codecs but never finds one, in other words - same rough stuff it used to be, but hey, at least it dropped Mono!