More Linux blues
Friday, February 10, 2012 7:39:12 PM
After a whole day trying and trying several distros I finally gave up and installed an old Win2K disk I had in a drawer. The most annoying thing ever of Linux distros is the X11 - Xorg auto-discovery and auto-setting that does not work at all or picks a too high or too low resolution. The related font rendering is also annoying.
Distros that failed to install:
Xubuntu - asked to insert CD to install Grub while I was installing from Alternate CD. Tried the Live CD that spit errors few moments after boot (it works on the laptop then).
Salix - this was the only one that allowed to install and boot into an user session, pity it kept complaining of X wrong settings and kept probing the monitor at every boot, plus I could not set the splash at the same resolution as the user session. Fonts were either huge or too small.
Zenwalk - could not configure X at the end of install.
In Windows you get it installed with a basic resolution, that allows you to pick 640x480 or 800x600 and few colors, then you can install the proper driver for your motherboard and once installed you can reconfigure resolution, color depth and refresh frequency. Once it is set, it is kept since the log in screen and across the user sessions.
In Linux you must manually edit a "conf" text file (which is not easy if the system does not boot).
I hope things are easier with more recent hardware.
Note for those vintage hardware lovers out there: when you install Win2k you can't update the system unless you install Service Pack 4 and Internet Explorer 6 before connecting to Microsoft Update.