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A Linux pragmatist, not an evangelist

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I've been using Linux, more specifically Ubuntu, now for about six months. It's my third or fourth attempt at using Linux or BSD (Apple's OS X not withstanding). I have tried various distributions of Linux , including Suse, Mandrake, Yellow Dog. I I even gave OpenBSD a spin because I went through a mildly paranoid phase when it came to privacy and security, living in Washington DC can do that to you.

But I always gave up after a little while. Sometimes, I never got past the installer. With distros that I got to install, I was flummoxed by how the distros handled file dependencies. Ubuntu has changed that, and I now feel confident enough to use it for a lot of day to day tasks as well as using it as a media server at home. But, six months hasn't turned me into a evangelist but rather a Linux pragmatist.

Here's my verdict.

The Pragmatic Penguin: A Response to Kevin Anderson's Ubuntu Rev

I was somewhat surprised that there was a problem with an Intel ICH5 chipset - I'd have thought Intel would have been a good mix with Linux in that regard. And the issues with the ATI chipset and being unable to change screen resolution do seem eerily familiar, but my experience has been that it depends a lot on who manufactured the ATI board. Some manufacturers are just better at supporting Linux, and casual users don't always realize that the chipset being used is licensed to a manufacturer, and the manufacturer supports it. So be it.

This mistake always amuses me:

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