I think it was in ’98 that I first tried dabbling in linux. I installed whatever version of Mandrake was out then, but couldn’t get any graphical interface working and trashed it shortly after tiring of the command line. I’ve installed numerous other distros since then, but never stuck with it for various reasons, though mostly in frustration at my inability to tweak the system as effeciently as I could tweak my Windows installations.
When a recent linux craving hit me a few months back, I toyed with a few live linux distros, Mandrake (again), and finally Fedora Core 3. Keep in mind, every time I’ve attempted to live with linux, I’ve picked up bits of howto knowledge and I seem to get better with each time, but this time I finally think I’m at the point where I can actually say I’m satisfied with my linux setup. Thanks in part to Mauriat John Miranda’s Personal Fedora Core 3 Installation Guide, I have a linux setup that does all the essentials I want it to: internet browsing, im, sound playback and editing, windows disk mounting, image editing, good looking fonts, bittorrent, flash, and video support with quicktime/real browser plugins. Any experienced linux user would quickly point out that all of these things have been possible for quite some time, but my point is that I finally figured out how to get it working for me, which of course makes all the difference.
Yet all of this rejoicing doesn’t address the fact that I can’t do everything I want in Linux. I have yet to do money management (ms money), DVD backups (dvd shrink), certain games, and other lesser known programs found only in the world of Windows. But for someone who has tried to find satisfaction in linux for the last several years, it feels good to spend generous amounts of time on the open source side of my operating systems and not be displeased with the experience.