October 09, 2007

The perfect desktop?

Falko Timme installed OpenSUSE 10.3 in the hopes of creating a full-fledged Windows replacement. Did he succeed? You be the judge. Excerpt:

This tutorial shows how you can set up an OpenSUSE 10.3 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

Falko lists all of the software he needs for his desktop to be considered Windows replacement worthy. It's a long list, so I won't reprint it here. I'll simply mention that it's quite comprehensive. Also, he goes through a step-by-step tutorial which will get your new system completely installed. The result? it looks pretty darned good.

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I've been experimenting with Fedora Core since release 5, currently using FC7. I like it but there are a few things I just can't get/need it to do that I can do with WinXP. Linux does have somewhat of a learning curve and part of my problem is having time to putz with it. Have 6 computers at home and it's impractical financially to upgrade Windows every few years, so I've been hoping to use Linux as a replacement OS. I suppose I'll keep trying till I get it.

Posted by: Bill Koenig at October 16, 2007 09:01 PM