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Linux: A Love/Hate Relationship

Believe me, I have tried. Not just once or twice, but many times. I usually install some Linux distro on one of my PC boxes every few months - all the way from live CDs or DVDs of various brands, or full Windows-like packages like Linspire, to more "orthodox" ones like Red Hat, or different Suse versions up to 9.3, you name it... -, and invariably I end up reformatting the Linux partition and thinking to myself, "Well, maybe next time..." (big sigh)

For one thing, I welcome any serious alternative that will relieve me from having to work with Windows. I could go on and on sharing my reasons for trying to avoid Windows as much as possible, but it's not Windows-bashing time, so I'll move on. Another reason is that Linux reminds me a little bit of the best current OS available (i.e., Mac OS X). But all my dreams have been shattered in view of the fact that, IMHO, Linux is not ready yet for mass consumption.

Now, what's all this got to do with Bible software? Fair question. BibleTime 1.5 has been recently released. It looks good, and I'd love to test it, say, under Suse 9.3. But I'm still recovering from the last time I run Suse. So, if anyone out there has tried the latest release and wants to report back, I'll be happy to post the comments here. Otherwise, I'll have to wait for another moment of inspiration, take a deep breath, and download the software. But again, this may happen rather soon, relatively late, or never. You never know when love/hate relationships are concerned...

Comments (2)

John O"Keefe:

Personally I use slackware. Don't feel bad about getting a little frustrated with linux. It's not an OS you can just jump on and everything will work the way you want. However, that is also the beauty of the OS, you can make it work the way you want it to instead of it choosing what it does and conforming your computer experience to itself. Anyway I'm babbling now on to your bible question.

Bibletime is a very powerful and well built bible application. However, I like lot's of windows with different things open when I'm studying (don't know why, it's just one of my quirks) so even at 1600x1200 resolution I still can't get a interface I'm happy with.

On to my recomendation. I am not a big Gnome fan I actually prefer KDE and most of the software made for it but once in a while I will find a piece of software built on Gnome/GTK libraries that just rocks my world. AKA firfox, gimp, etc... and last but not least Gnomesword. Check it out at http://gnomesword.sourceforge.net/

Well I hope this helps a little, enjoy! And for questions about linux feel free to check out http://www.linuxquestions.org

Jean-Marie Noel:

Yesterday I installed Kubantu Linux from a live CD and I was on to the net in less than 1/2 hour. I am a Linux newbe. I was using the same patern that is mentioned above.. install fail and give up.

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