Those who purr over Win8's fast boot times prove that they are too dumb to live and should never be hired. You lose a lot of time using Win8 that you don't lose, using XP and even Vista and Win7, owing to Win8's built-in 'protections' and as always, its dysfunctional defaults which take forever to learn and tweak to what DOES work.
So goes my complaint against Windows 8, hence the attempt to move to Linux. At first, I thought I'd dual-boot. But then found out last week, that I can put Linux on a USB stick, so then I don't need the complication of dual-booting.
In trying to set up distros on a stick, I've learned the nightmare of Linux: you can't do ANYTHING to even get it set up properly, without GUESSING AT how to get past its own hitlerian version of UAC. For example, in Ubuntu, it took me TWO DAYS to realize that its own instructions for putting it on a stick, are useless. When I finally tried various Live USB creator programs and managed to get it on a stick WITH PERSISTENCE (i.e., so it will remember I'm an administrator) -- once it boots, it won't let me into ANY of my files, even though it shows me logged in as Administrator. No explanation, no help, no NOTHING. This is precisely my gripe with Windows 8 -- but even Windows 8, is not so hitlerian.
So that means Ubuntu won't let you access anything unless you install it to a hard drive. Guess what? That will never happen. If it's this hitlerian now, it will be worse in other ways. Weird thing is, I now realize Windows 8 is really competing with Ubuntu, not so much with Apple. The stated policy at MS for its invention of Win8 is almost word-for-word the same, as Ubuntu's 'Unity' policy, which was announced maybe two+ years ago. Past is prologue. No Ubuntu, baby. If the inventors of the program are so daft as to not give the owner of the program ANY INFORMATION at setup about how to obviate its prohibitions, then no one sane would install it.
Mint 14 isn't much better. But none of the live USB creator programs will create it on a stick with persistence (meaning, what you change during a session, will actually reside on the stick and be 'remembered' next time you use the stick). But at least Mint will let me access my drives and files outside of the 'Home' folder. Ubuntu will not, even though I'm logged in as an adminstrator. Until I can configure Mint and get the persistence to work, I can't use it. It too seemingly ignores my 'Administrator' status unless I install it to a hard drive (guessing that's the reason why, for both it and Ubuntu). So if it's this nasty before installation, then I won't use it. So no donations to Mint or Ubuntu.
Debian's Squeeze (latest stable version) is totally buggy in CD or on a stick, so I won't even begin to talk about it here. Doesn't matter if it's downloaded (which is a pistol to find out how to do), or if you bought the 12 DVDs (which I did). It too, only wants installation on a hard drive; its LIVE version won't 'remember' anything, even when allegedly put on a USB stick with persistence; though you can access your hard drive files. But it's very sensitive to the hardware, and won't work well on some newer hardware.
By contrast, Fedora 17 provided its own Live installer, downloaded and worked WITH PERSISTENCE. It recognizes new and old hardware, including nVidia. So far I've had no problems with it denying me any functions. Of course, Fedora 17 is designed for the big boys, so maybe has built-in assumption that you are in IT to use it. All I know, is that of the 10 distros I've tried during last week, only Fedora works.
So if the Linux community wonders why Linux isn't catching on faster, they should start going back to square one, asking whether something they're doing, is harming user adoption. Donations are really sales, guys. If you want donations, make the product you're in essence selling, USER-FRIENDLY. Looks like the folks at Fedora, figured that out. Will report more on Fedora, after I've played more with it. For now, I'm just focusing on WHAT distro to choose, and reporting WHAT problems I've found.
So the moral of the Linux popularity-problem story, is this: don't impose hitlerian user prohibitions without telling the one installing your distro, how to get around them. For then, you're no better than Windows 8 or its rival, Ubuntu.
That all being said, Linux still has its uses. GParted in particular (and its kindred) can do stuff you can't do in Windows, like partition a stick, format and write DVDs, file manipulation (if the distro you're using allows you to access the files, but then you can just get GParted alone and use it). It can surf the web. It can get email. WordPerfect exists for Linux, so you can all just relax about the problems of the 'freeware' which is no match for MS Office. (Of course, WordPerfect has its problems, too, but was designed for MS compatibility in earlier versions. I've used it for decades, and it also has Windows versions, going back to Windows 3.0 or 3.1.)
This post has been edited by brainout: 09 February 2013 - 12:46 PM