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Re: Linux is not for consumers!

On Thursday 11 December 2003 12:26 pm, David Baron wrote:
> Problems persist and have gotten nowhere!
> 1. Connecting ADSL -- edited everything including ppp_on_boot,
> dsl_provider, pap_secrets, all that stuff. No go. Running "pon ppp_on_boot"
> gives me a bad tdb and quits. The only tdb reference is from Openoffice so
> is irrelevant here. (All of the little utilities for adding "connections"
> assume dialups. Windows has a virtual VPN adapter to handle that--says it's
> dialing but it ain't.)
> I am using an Alcatal speedtouch-home modem connected to a T100 card which
> is correctly detected and configured. Can ping the modem and the
> computer I can even get into the modem's own configuration page
> (use at your own risk as we have said!).
> 2. Running Java stuff--Open office works. I installed netbeans (a Java
> programming IDE) but cannot get it to run.
> 3. The Adobe Acrobat reader looks gosh-awful. Like Windows 2! I have a
> version 5.08 linux distribution--maybe this will look better?
> 4. Oldie-but-goody hardware which I really would like to use:
> sw60xg MIDI sound generator--no IRQ, no DMA, just a port address. This card
> should be accessable from MPU401 (done this way under W2K). That driver is
> there but I havent the foggiest on how to get it running and set it up. I
> would then like to control it through a WINE session (lot's of luck!).
> USB -- have a roland MIDI device on this, correctly detected but not shown
> on KINFO. This is of recent vintage and there should be some way of using
> it. I also need some sort of "hot-plug" support for a development project
> on which I am working, also in various windows flavors.
> dman2044 audio interface -- PCI, IRQ11--the linux detects that as an AGOSP
> Maestro card. There are no linux or even modern windows (W2K, XP) drivers
> around for this--have to do my production work in Win98. I have an old
> pro-audio16 clunker, an ISA card but I think Linux will support that one
> for listening to MP3s or CDs (I havent even tried them yet!).
> Davicom32 Fax modem -- ISA, detected. Fairly standard and NOT a "win" modem
> (these have never worked on this computer for whatever reason). Haven't the
> foggiest how to set up KFax or anything else to use this modem. IRQ5, I
> believe, sitting on COM3. Suppose I could try talking to it through KPPP.
> I would like to go over to Linux for everything except music production
> (since there is no appropriate software yet).

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