The Road to Linux (Part 2)

┬ (Continued from The Road to Linux)

Yes! I’ve finally got a working Linux installation. After spending the morning yesterday downloading three of the discs of openSuSe 10.2 and installing it later that afternoon, I finally have Linux installed. How many hours have I spent preparing all this? I’d say nearly 18 hours.

I’ve got linux…now what? I plan to download the remaining discs of the openSuSe distro soon (along with some other packages off sourceforge). I’d like to eventually get a cheap 802.11g card and install that too. It would be nice to have internet access. You can’t do much on a computer these days if you don’t have internet capability, can you? Then I’d like to see how little I can use Windows for the duration of a week. I already know of some things I’ll need to do on a Windows machine, but it would be fun to see how little I could use Windows.

I was surprised by the packages offered by the openSuSe distro. Several open-source packages I already use on Windows are there (like Audacity). Unfortunately, a lot of these are on the discs I haven’t downloaded yet. Installation of the base openSuSe CDs took ages. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, given the power of the computer I was using.

Here are the specs of the machine I installed Linux on:

  • 488MHz Celeron
  • 256MB RAM
  • 100GB HD (Linux) and 20GB HD (Windoze 98 Ack!)
  • Integrated graphics and sound (SiS620)
  • 15″ monitor with 800×600 resolution (and horrible black space around picture)
  • CD-RW drive

Now, the specs of the computer I normally use:

  • 2.88GHz Pentium D
  • 1.25GB RAM
  • 250GB HD (Windows XP) and an external backup drive
  • Radeon X1300 graphics
  • integrated sound
  • 17″ monitor at 1024×768 (though it can go higher)
  • DVD+/-RW drive

As you can see, if I do try to use mainly Linux for a week, it will be a challenge. Not just because of the lack of Windows, but because of the machine’s lack of power. If I do try a “Week Without Windows”, I’ll let everyone know and blog about it as I avoid Windows. Until then, it’s just a cool idea.