Has Linux Shot itself in the Foot

Before the Flame Wars start I use Linux as my everyday OS to get work done. I only have the other OS on my computer in a Virtual Box Disc running under Linux. Now that we have that settled, we can get on with the rest of the story. I love linux, but it appears to me some of the Linux Distributions are missing the boat. They have become big cumbersome and bloated. They require more memory (ram) to operate decently. The newer kernels do not support many of the older computers hardware, namely Video and Graphics cards without a great deal of configuring, downloading drivers,and files. a Lot of the older computers are still running Windows XP which will no longer be supported come April 2014. Linux has the chance to really take more market share on the desktop if only the newer distributions will support them and the hardware with out having to jump thru hoops to install. a good example is my 7 year old computer with a built in ATI Radeon HD4200 video card. Many of the newer kernels do not have the neccessary drivers for hardware this old without having to jump thru hoops and download and add files to get a decent screen or even to be able to install a distribution with a newer kernel. Linux is supposed to be free and easy to install, which it is with some of the Linux distributions, but many are a pain. Even Mint Cinnamon won’t run on one of my older laptops without going into fall back mode. (ATI Mobile 9000) Video card. Vector and LXLE both run great on it. BTW Linux Mint 16 with Cinnamon, is my main OS. Guess I Have vented long enough.

Untill Next Time

Happy Computing

Mel

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About Mel

Retired PC Consultant, Education Certificate Novel Networking installation and configuration. PC Repair Configuration and Networking. Commercial Pilot, Avid RVer. Enjoy Traveling with my Wife in our Travel Trailer. South in the winter Az, Texas, and summers in Utah
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