Post by Kier
Beings somewhat sick of reading about stuff here that isn't much to do
with Linux, thought I'd start a Linux discussion. It's been done before,
numerous times, but what the hell, it's always good for a few posts.
So, what apps do posters here treasure? What have they given up, and why?
What new software have they taken up using? What are their faves and what
do they hate?
Too many that I like. But, I like filerunner, midnight commander, K3B,
slrn, Firefox (sometimes Opera or Konqueror), d4x, mplayer and Xine
(for different reasons), Sylpheed-claws, gv and xpdf (for different
files), and Kopete. Also JPilot, The Gimp, xv, Amarok, xmms, nano and
joe. For starters. There are many more.
I like Frozen Bubble, Armagetron, Xgalaga and several of the breakout
games. I like SuperTux, Icebreaker and Powermanga. Not being a big
gamer, those more than satisfy my need to waste time every now and
I don't like most of the addon KDE toolbars. I'm not all that enamored
with KDE itself, but it has a lot of stuff with it that I do use, and
they tend to load slower unless some bits are preloaded.
I like having shortcuts. Lots and lots of shortcuts. Keyboard
shortcuts, so I can keep my hands mostly on the keyboard instead of
klicking like a Windummy for everything. I can manage to get most of
what I want in native KDE. For other WMs I often have to resort to
something else. So I use xbindkeys.
As much as I try, I can't get myself to like Gnome. I like the sparser
appearance of it. But it doesn't have much with it that I like to use
as default. And getting keyboard shortucts the way I want is this side
of impossible. I still use it as the default, though, for using Ubuntu
as my travel disk (along with a 5G pocket hard drive).
If I could get IceWM to play nice the way I want it, I found I can have
some of KDE preloaded, some of Gnome preloaded (both of those I've done
through loading the panels, but there might be a better way), use less
resources, get a nice looking desktop and use something like xbindkeys
for shortcuts. Unfortunately, it wants to list the KDE and Gnome
toolbars in the taskbar. That would be fine, except they show up in
Alt-Tab, which means they're too easy to select by accident. I'm still
trying to work out a way to make it all available (partially preloaded)
and not have to deal with that little "feature".
I don't like Evolution. It don't have much need for some of what it
does, and it reminds me too much of Outhouse for me to deal with it.
But I can use Thunderbird in a pinch.
Isn't choice grand?
What have I given up? I presume you mean moving from Windows to linux.
Nothing. Once upon a time I thought I'd left something behind. Perhaps
I did in the early days. But everything I want and need resides in
linux now. It's not a case of becoming accustomed to less, as the
Windufii would claim. It's a case of linux growing and growing since I
started using it back about 10 years ago.
There are so many things I would *need* to give up if I moved in the
other direction: slrn; screen; the ability to buy hardware, plug it in
and use it instead of having to read useless directions translated from
Chinese to English (by a guy from French Polynesia who had it dicatated
to him by some other guy from Kazakhstan, presumably) before installing
drivers to make sure I didn't do things in the non-blessed order; a
decent mail client; my own webserver; my own news server; my own ftp
server; my own streaming music server; the opportunity to learn
something about what's going on with my own machine instead of trusting
people who can't be trusted; a commandline worth using; money to buy
new hardware (which I haven't done in awhile) instead of tossing it out
the windows on less than optimal garbageware to supplement the meager
offerings on a base Windows install, and so on.
But the one thing I'd have to give up to move the other direction is
peace of mind.
I'd have to worry about defragging, scanning for malware, trying to
play shoot-em-up with popups, having to check constantly to see if I
could determine if my machine had joined the zombie brigade, having to
reboot for stupid updates, having to worry about whether I would become
infected by that bug just discovered in Word or IE that won't be
patched until a month from yesterday at the earliest, having to reboot
ocassionally to get back memory that wasn't release by programs, having
to reboot once in awhile to overcome the slug-like behavior Windows
gets itself into for no apparent reason, reboots to make the network
reconnect after a minor glitch makes it drop, so forth and so on.
*NONE* of those things do anything to help with peace of mind. And
that's a cost that just isn't worth it to me.
"Windows XP performance", on the next "In Search Of".