Hello again Linux lovers. I got the installation down now an I have a clean install of my OS and decided this time to do everything on one partition instead of 3. I also decided I don't like playing with this in my office I want to "play" when I'm watching TV so I have to get this wireless thing going.
I setup my wireless info and I can get a connection -- sometimes. It's real spotty. It also seems to knock off whenever it feals like it. For that reason I looked for a possible update to the driver for my Wireless Network card. So far nothing, but maybe I'll figure out how it goes some day. I can get a wireless connection and get to a website but then after I've been on a few minutes I don't appear to get any speed in browsing. I have to reboot often to try to get a better connection again, so I do that periodically.
So I figure I'll go back and try to download Firefox again. It just won't come over the wireless connection so that's the way it goes. Next I figure I'll see if I can load Skype. I use that quite a bit on my PC and I know they have a Linux version so I figure that will be fun to test. I go to the Skype website (www.skype.com) and get to the Linux download area...there are like 8 different versions. Luckily they seem to have one for my version and I try to download. I'm anxious to see if they have an easier install or at least better instructions. Unfortunately I don't ever get the program downloaded as it keeps gettting stuck at some percentage. Oh well!
At this point I'm blaming all my troubles on this quirky wireless connection. I go looking for all the settings to see if maybe there is something clear that I can change. I find the Network Utilities and ping a few things. I find that I can ping www.skype.com and www.firefox.com really well. I can also pull up the admin of my wireless router and move around in that pretty well until my network connection stops. I look around to see if I have bad Proxy settings (I don't use a proxy server) or some other firewall or obstruction that may be doing this to me. So far I haven't found much.
That's where I am right now on this project. My initial responses are that this is not super easy and stable as I've been lead to believe. It can't just run on old hardware, it probably needs to be run on hardware that is tested and approved for Linux. (where do you find that in the store?) I've worked with computers for over 20 years and if this isn't easy for me it's not the easy operating system for every user out there that doesn't have a highly qualified technician around to make sure things work (maybe I should switch to this OS in my business I might get a lot more devoted customers who are really needy.)
That said...I like the look, I like the options. I like that a ton of software OpenOffice.org stuff came on my disk (but I haven't played with it much yet) I am not going to give up on this...at least not yet and not easily. But I am going to set this comptuer aside for a little while. Things have been pretty busy for me lately and I don't have time right now to figure out how to resolve these issues. Looks like I will have to get much more serious to do that. Don't worry you Linux fans I will return and try again. Back to my Windows PC for now...thankfully.