Why Linux (and Benoît Battistelli of Espacenet) Still Sucks – Why To Ditch Linux and Go With Windows
I’ve tried many versions of Linux over the years, and mostly this year out of necessity. Everyone of them sucked compared to Windows XP and 7. Here are short reviews or critiques of what I found to be the best, and mention of two I tried, but which was too buggy for use despite the praise various users keep giving it.
Ubuntu: The best was Ubuntu in that it had a package manager (as in a software/program/app installing browsing and install tool, which was at the same time some sort of store, like Google Play, that made it easy to browse stuff I wanted to have, the problem was that the package manager sucked too. I found it impossible to rate and review an app as it wanted me to make some account online and do this and that and it was too time consuming and confusing. That shortcut launcher they included in the new versions (Unity?) was also buggy as sometimes ghost images were left on it and the speed of scrolling was bizarre and annoying. On Linux Mint was something similar, but even more annoying in that it had padding problems and kept shrinking the icons rather than simply making it so you could scroll them if you added many of them. Yes, I know, there’s other desktop GUIs, I’m just pointing out Unity and why I believe it’s a hindrance towards a better Linux OS. Later I tried KDE on Porteus and found it sufficiently as easy as the Windows GUI to use.
I tried to install some simple script to immediately start some app after booting up Ubuntu, and it bricked Ubuntu so that it wouldn’t start up. So, to the hurt of the ears of many, I’d have to say Ubuntu sucks because there’s no easy way to make an app start after a boot. I can’t remember what it was I wanted starting, but regardless, that is a big draw back to me.
Another problem I had with Ubuntu is that it would not start on a better laptop I have, but which has a broken screen, so that I have to use an external monitor to see what is going on to work on it. It uses some low cost generic video software, Mesa Lake from Intel for graphics. So, I’m stuck using a slowish Gateway M460 laptop, which has some sort of hardware conflict in it or defects and a wiring problem so that it has to be hit to start up correctly at times.
The main problem I had with Ubuntu was it’s slow to-desktop-top loading time. As a live-and-go OS it was terrible.
Update May 9, 2:30 PM: I was able to install as a “persistent” Ubuntu system on a hard drive, a Gorilla stick which I’ve been experimenting on with a different stick, and from my experience with an installed Peppermint version of Ubuntu I was prepared for it to be very, very slow, and unfortunately it was, and seemingly worse as it seemed to stall every 4 seconds and would annoyingly gray out various windows. And having this sinful machinery, this garbage called a Gateway M460 as the only laptop I have that Crapbuntu, I mean Ubuntu works on, I have a problem with it being programmed to shutdown if the CPU fan is on high for two minutes or more. So, no thanks to Gateway’s incompetence and greed, who should have recalled these laptops, I got to experience Ubuntu being forced to close in the middle of downloading some non-crucial software, and when hardly anything intensive was going on, and as I suspected might happen, IT BRICKED THE SYSTEM. I had spent more than 12 hours and painfully staying awake very late into the morning with no sleep even now to make it work, and that was the reward for my hard effort: a “thing” worse than Windows 3.11.
Mint: Too buggy. It stopped installing programs after an incomplete install and no amount of advice from the Mint forums helped, nor outside. It also had a major problem with the mouse freezing after it would wake from either sleeping or hibernation, forget which. And, like all the Linux’s it had a monitor resolution drawback. I’m guessing it had many of the other problems I mention here with other OS’s.
Bodhi: Too simple, ugly and to me, an awkward or somewhat confusing interface/GUI. The package downloading program either did not work or was buggy. The way it worked was you typed in a keyword to find some software you wanted, but I found it to be monumentally overwhelming as it would turn up a huge amount of software. Whose stupid idea was that? Why not show the descriptions like Mint does? Perhaps the maker thought that the user would first go on the Internet to search for some program they wanted, then go find it specifically via the package manager, I think it was called Synapse something or other, hence the “simplicity”, but I think that is self-defeating to the simplicity if you have to go online and look up a bunch of categories of software (as a user may do over the months or years, or even days) trying to load everything they wanted rather than just SIMPLY reading the descriptions along with the software in the package manager.
And like Ubuntu, if I remember right, it failed to start on my Lenovo laptop.
Xubuntu: It loaded on my Gateway M460, but unlike Ubuntu, it was taking an eternity to load up, it took so long, I end up never getting to the desktop because I lost patience. It truly did take a very long boot up time.
Gobo: Gobo appears to be a good idea to me, trying to be like Windows it seems by putting all the program files for a program in one directory, however it failed to work on my M460 and Lenovo. It seems to me that if this OS were to become “ideal” that it just might over take all the others because of it being very close in similarity to Windows.
Debris: It failed to boot up on either of my laptops.
Knoppix: I tried a small version of Knoppix, the latest at this time, one that I thought had ddrescue on it which was why I downloaded it, only to find out it either didn’t or lacked a GUI, something Mr. Knoppix didn’t bother to mention, and which many other Linux distributors don’t bother to mention. More annoying was that Mr. Knoppix made Knoppix pretentious by including as a default with no easy way to stop it, special effects via “Compiz” when doing basic computer tasks like closing and moving a window. The special effects are slow and literally get in the way of seeing what you are doing as they fade away. I found it to be sickening and childish. I could see no way to stop the effects despite thoroughly exploring the Knoppix menu. On top of that, the GUI, LXDE I believe, was ugly. It had an old Unix or primitive look. It reminded me of the GUI of some Linux garbage I saw built into some consoles at George Mason University some time around 2002. It was a strange irony being that Mr. Knoppix was trying to make it pretty with these special effects and interesting background image, at least it seemed that way.
A major problem for me was that it only recognized the external monitor if I had it plugged in during boot up, otherwise no recognition after boot up, an obvious problem if you have a broken monitor or, like me, are trying to save power (I use solar power and sometimes have a very limited amount to use). Another major related problem was that there was no easy and apparent way to shut off the built in monitor to my laptop, and since mine is broken, but still lit up, was wasting power.
Typical annoyances it shared with many other Linux distros:
1. No option to use the full 1080p resolution of my external monitor.
2. After saving something from the web, the system would, even if I went up a directory, still have in a selected state the previous folder I saved an item to which forced me to go to a yet higher level that that folder was in and to then reselect the previous folder and then save wherever from there. Imagine if, like me, you often save things from the web, and having to repeatedly do that to save things where you want: extremely time wasting and consuming and it puts a lot of wear and tear on your muscles and joints leading to worn out cartilage and carpel tunnel syndrome. In my case it’s bad because my laptop sits up high so that my fingers are in an awkward position that causes a problem with wear on my right thumb. It’s wearing the cartilage out fast.
3. No easy way to install programs.
4. Very limited commonly wanted software selection (which I’ll list later).
5. It only had the browser Iceweasel, and it was an ugly and awful browser in my experience.
Update May 8: I installed Ubuntu to a thumbdrive hoping it wouldn’t be “live”, but it was. And since there is no word for “non-live” in computer lingo except maybe “persistent” I looked up info on “non-live” so and so on google but only found a hard to figure out forum convo about it and there seemed to be no solution for me. My Knoppix CD has become so damaged that I can’t use it to burn Ubuntu to a CD etc and then to a thumbdrive, the only way it seems to be possible to make a persistent Ubuntu by thumbdrive.
Update May 16: I tried very hard to find out how to enable 1080p resolution and encountered one insane Linux moderator after another, and the worn out creator of Knoppix is too busy working on other projects to help answer this critical question for keeping Linux relevant.
I also encountered repeated frustrating problems installing programs through the synaptic package manager and problems that screamed “Linux is primitive”. It repeatedly told me I couldn’t install this and that because of broken packages, but couldn’t tell me what they were and even using a program and terminal commands to find out what they could be turned up nothing.
It also had a recurring problem getting the clock right and time-syncing problems, incredibly had no effect on correcting the time. And more annoying is that the time is not in standard format, but military time with no way anyone can figure out (except the not so talkative maker of Knoppix) as to how to change it to 12 hour format.
There is also no obvious way to install Firefox, so I am stuck with ugly looking Iceweasel, which is ugly even skinned. And I am stuck with a horribly slow clone of Thunderbird called Icedove, which besides repeatedly stalling every few SECONDS has an ugly logo. How is green, which is the color of its logo indicating “Ice”?! Green ice?
I’m also stuck with Wine 1.5, when the latest is 1.7 and no one can tell me how to upgrade it via the terminal, and again because of some mysterious broken package I can’t simply install 1.7.
Another annoyance is Wireshark and a clone called tshark not showing up in the menu, and tshark can’t even be invoked in the Run program, only I just found out, Wireshark, from trying.
Another annoyance is that items in the menu can’t be moved.
It also has bizarre bugs, for example when leaving some sort of text menu using ctrl alt F5 using alt F4 a space appears to the right of screen that doesn’t go away except on reboot, and more annoying is that all menu programs on all programs vanish. I was only able to get back Iceweasel’s by pressing F11 twice which made it show, then Icedove’s menu showed, but that of other programs didn’t. Only a few more reboots caused all the menus to show again. Even more bizarre was when doing it all over again, the ctrl commands that is, the disappearing menu act itself disappeared, as it didn’t happen again doing the ctrl stuff.
Another bug was the taskbar not showing in the external monitor I use for the Lenovo and mouse-clicking not working making it even more annoying. It would always happen if I didn’t shut down Knoppix deliberately, and I’d have to then plug it in to my Gateway, reset the monitor settings and then put it back in the Lenovo. Rebooting didn’t work to solve it. I think even one time after doing that on the Gateway the taskbar was still missing. It may have been because I didn’t mess with the monitor settings but thougt maybe simply using it in the Gateway would auto fix the missing taskbar, but I guess not. I even asked the maker how to fix this via terminal commands but any reply he gave about that was unhelpful.
Porteus 2 and 3: This OS I found to be the overall best of the Linux distros I used, just a little better than Ubuntu, because of these major advantages:
1. It boots up fast
2. It immediately displays what is going on on an external monitor (unlike Knoppix)
3. It has somewhat all the apps I needed to get work done.
4. It had something better than GParted in that whatever partition manager it had been using was able to see my USB stick, which GParted for what stupid reason I don’t know cannot do on certain Linux distros. I found it’s partition manager a little confusing though in that it didn’t have good explanations as to what was going on and the GUI wasn’t that good. It did work well though!
1. It has has installer that allows you to make a bootable Porteus OS from a memory card, however it didn’t work for me. My guess is because I can’t see what is going on on my Lenovo, or, like my M460, simply doesn’t have the built-in software to recognize a memory card. I’ll try a USB stick next (again) to see if it works this time.
2. It doesn’t get the time right, and sometimes date despite having a time zone selection customization option when customizing a live CD. More annoying is that it requires me to enter a password to change the time (are hackers going to mess with my time? ugh) and more annoying still is that it automatically closes the time settings window rather than letting me do so, annoying because 1. I might get the time wrong 2. I forget to change the date which is sometimes wrong, so then besides having to open the window again, also have to enter the password again.
3. It has the same save-to problem as other Linux file managers in that it doesn’t deselect the focus of the last folder used without playing games.
4. The “save system settings” function is useless to me since there’s no obvious way to restore the saved file.
5. Like other Linux distros it is limited in the display resolutions; it offers nothing close to 1080p is available for my monitor.
6. It often hangs or metaphorically does by endlessly reading the live CD when viewing large pdfs or many pdfs.
7. The mouse sometimes freezes, and not from waking out of a sleep state (which I haven’t tried yet).
8. Though I managed to maybe once or twice somehow, in general, almost entirely, you can’t watch a video on Porteus without it blacking out the screen after some short amount of time. It’s extremely annoying. I tried everything. And even though I did manage, seemingly, though not sure, to find one setting that allowed me to watch a movie without it going to black, I shouldn’t have to play “guess the combination of right settings” games to do so.
9. Saving things with Firefox sometimes causes a giant mostly blank tooltip like box to appear at the top of the screen which ends up blocking the title field so that I can’t change it without moving the save dialog box/window. It doesn’t go away till you’ve closed the box or saved something.
10. The tooltips pop up to fast, annoying since I must first “add a panel” to the external monitor to access the basic desktop functions, and I leave it on top since it makes things easier for me, but when I move my mouse, accidentally, to something on that taskbar it pops up a large tool tip. I’d like an option for such tooltips to be disabled or to pop up after the amount of time I say it should so it’s not so annoying. It sometimes hangs around for a few seconds when things slow down on my comp and is in the way.
11. The date and time menu has a pop up box when pressed that unlike the other pop up menus for other items in the toolbar DOES NOT go away when you click something other than the menu, you have to click the area that causes it to pop up to get it to go away, it’s annoying when it’s activated by accident like to change the time and/or date and annoyingly remains there after having done so.
12. The package manager doesn’t work, it tells me I am missing the necessary database files to do whatever. It also can’t find any software despite typing in keywords. If I type something very short, it tells me there’s too many search results.
13. Libreoffice doesn’t load despite being activated.
14. Ksnapshot has a bug in which it does not remove it’s window/GUI from being screenshotted so that you end up getting a screen shot of a greyed out window where the main Ksnapshot window is. Often I have to move it’s GUI so it is out of the way when trying to get a pic of what I want to get a pic of.
15. Kolourpaint can’t crop images from the left, just like MSPaint can’t. I wish it could like Snaggit (for Windows) which can do so in its image editing function. It can even rotate an image to many various degrees rather than the basic four.
16. It’s data burning program PBurn doesn’t work for burning data CDs, it failed 3 times in a row on me, however Braseros in Knoppix worked every time I used it.
17. It lacks a bunch of programs I’d like to have as I’ve listed below. At least one of main support help in the Porteus forums said WINE would be too big to include, but too big for what? For loading speedily? But his reply is nonsensical since loading speedily isn’t the most important thing in the world for everyone and it can simply, if the developers allowed, not be chosen with the live CD customization if the user didn’t want to bother with the extra time to download or boot up. It would be like if someone asked me, if WINE were included as an option in some Linux distro I made, to remove it to speed things up, and me saying, “It would take to download to install it after installing the OS if the user wanted to afterwards.” It would be nonsensical since who would it take too long for? Everyone? I don’t speak for everyone’s needs and patience level do I?
18. I couldn’t figure out how to use the email program Porteus had, I don’t understand why Thunderbird wasn’t an option. I imagine that someone like me though who has a massive amount of archived emails might mess up my computer by filling the ram with a massive amount of emails, but perhaps someone can edit Thunderbird or some Thunderbird clone to have the option to store the download emails AND ACCESS ALREADY DOWNLOADED ONES to save time and band from an external drive of some sort.
19. Another annoyance in Porteus was Dolphin. One user I read or heard said he loved it, but I don’t get it: it’s not as easy to use as explorer in Windows which with a right click lets you change the view mode, but in Dolphin you can only do that from up top, and very annoying to me is that it sorts capitalized items different from uncapped ones, so that they are parted as if in different fields, and you can have two folders with the same name as long as the caps are not the same, what the heck? I wonder if that would cause a problem if copying those folders to Windows, would Windows say, “This folder already exists, would you like to rename it?” Hmmm. Another hellishly annoying thing about Dolphin (or is it the OS itself?) is if you drag an item or items to put into a folder you must be careful not to allow the items you have to be over a different folder for longer than a split second otherwise it automatically takes you into that folder, and since it will no doubt often happen (it’s like playing some horrible game that you keep failing at) you must unhold the item or items and start all over again. It’s very annoying in my case where I have tons of folders to drag items past when I’m not in the mood to cut and paste. The way Dolphin (or is it the OS, or KDE?) names common tasks like “paste” is also stupid and annoying, like paste is confusingly, “paste into folder” or something overly complicated like that, and since this is the only OS I’ve seen such a scheme in my eyes often end up overlooking it – it wastes time.
20. The biggest annoyance I had with Porteus was that there was no low battery warning indicator, and I’m not implying the other OS’s I tried had one, but because I’m using it as my main OS it’s very frustrating when, and it happens often, my laptop/s suddenly shut off as I have to disconnect the power often for various reasons.
21. Folders and files can’t be moved or renamed via the Firefox save to window unlike in Windows.
22. There is no delete button or right click way to delete an image using it’s main image viewer, instead you have you press the delete button on the keyboard.
23. There is either a bug or lack of an ability to undo a name change in the save as dialog box of Firefox which seems to me to be a problem with Porteus, or short coming, not Firefox. For example say you try and save this article as “Knight’s babble about Linux” and accidentally change it, there’s no ctrl z to undo that. If I remember right you also can’t use that method, as can be done in Windows to accidentally undo whatever it was you just did in general, like deleted a file, moved a file, changed the name of a file or even to undo a copy of a file.
24. No Asian and Russian language character support. It’s ugly too look at unsightly rectangles where those characters should be. China is a major part of the world today, so coming across Asian characters in encyclopedias at least is something that would be common, and I don’t want to see bizarrely-filled rectangles where they should be.
25. There is a country specific keyboard button in the system tray which now and then I accidentally toggle. The first and second time it happened I ended up wasting a lot of time thinking Porteus had gotten messed up. I don’t like that it is there and there is no apparent way to remove it.
26. Flac files opened by default with some program that didn’t work, so that I’d have to scroll down to the bottom of a program list via selecting the properties on the flac file, which itself was annoying because if the Window had by default been a little more expanded I wouldn’t have to scroll but rather would simply be able to click the program I wanted to use – there was no point in it cutting off where it did. And yet another annoyance was that, I think it’s called SMPlayer, had no looping function.
27. There is no “show desktop” button.
28. (Update May 4): I’ve discovered that it won’t automatically open an external monitor after boot up – another problem for people like me who have a laptop with a messed up screen).
29. Update May 4: I wasn’t going to mention this since it was such a small thing but another problem with Parted Magic brought me back that was similar, so to be fair am mentioning it: When opening the monitor settings window, at least when it pops up on my external monitor, the top is above the screen, so that it must be dragged down to access the window buttons.
31. It had a problem using Chrome, whether I was logged in as root or not it told me Chrome couldn’t be started as root, and there was no simple way to not start it in root mode and when I attempted by right clicking it’s icon to change some settings from root to guest, told me (THOUGH LOGGED IN AS ROOT) that I didn’t have the necessary privileges to change those settings! So, yet another good DVD disc down the drain and my money wasted. (Update May 7:) I made another Porteus build with the system configured this time to log me in automatically as “guest”, and finally Chrome worked. So, I was finally able to download pdfs from esapacenet after all this nonsense, BUT, found out many of the pdfs were still blank. I’m starting to wonder if the pdfs are actually blank. The server admin president of that organization are stupid and lazy.
Parted Magic OS: This OS also loaded fast, and on both my laptops. It had, and this was something I asked of the Porteous developers a sync-to-the-internet-time feature. I didn’t use it much.
It includes a lot of software I didn’t notice at first, encryption, boot and disk cloning utilities, and to my delights also has Asian and Russian language support, even Sanskrit. Unlike Porteus and Ubuntu it easily allowed me to erase a USB and flash drive and, not sure why, has a version of GParted that can see USB sticks and flash cards.
I like that in PCManFM, one of the file managers for Parted M., when clicking a folder filled with files, that when in compact view mode if I click a folder to the far right of the window that it doesn’t suddenly move that field in which that folder is all the way to the left, forcing your eyes to make a big move to keep tracking it. In Widows 7 it makes a hellishly annoying move like that, as in moves the files all the way to the left suddenly if you click one that was all the way to the right. Instead PCManFM moves them somewhat to the middle. It also has a clipboard manager that can be easily accessed from the taskbar.
1. During boot up I noticed the boot up text was too far to the left on my external monitor and where there was a line break as in a sentence for lack of a more accurate word, an entire letter was missing, as in not able to be seen. This was on an external monitor on my Lenovo.
2. Unfortunately the latest Parted uses a buggy version of Firefox, one that still have the very annoying missing pause function in the downloads box and which didn’t handle me customizing the menu perfectly. It one time disabled the customize selection and wouldn’t open any of the menu items, forcing me to restart it. It seems the Parted OS maker also messed with the menu arrangements to his own liking, but for all us who are used to starting out with the default arrangement, it is, and in my case, was annoying. It took much more time setting FF to how I preferred than in Porteus since Porteus used the default Firefox settings.
3. Also when saving pages in Firefox there’s garbage at the end where “htm” should be, instead it’s a lot of percentage symbol should be. An exact example is this, “%20Linus%20unveils%20%E2%80%9CLinux%20for%20Workgroups%E2%80%9D%20|%20Ars%20Technica”. And it is always missing the “htm” or “html” ending, which I don’t like because I don’t like a page saved with the l at the end – I prefer consistency and the shorter ending.)
I had a general problem with all the Linux OS’s using Firefox in that I couldn’t download PDFs from espacenet using FF. Since I could find no easy way to install Chromium (which I found on my Android using Nook HD+ could) I resorted to taking snapshots and in one case asking someone for help to get a pdf I wanted. Someone at espacenet claims it’s a problem with Firefox, true or not, Firefox can download pdfs from every other site, so I think the espacenet people are being lazy and stubborn. Opera on my Nook by the way also could not download pdfs from espacenet.
4. The task bar includes what seems to be a symbolic way of showing windows on the screen, maximized ones, yet they can’t be moved using it, why bother doing that? It’s ugly and confusing. It would be better if that space was used as a file manager short cut and show desktop button.
5. Another annoyance is that the drive icon in the task bar can’t be used to maximize the window it launches.
6. Another annoyance is that the drive icon window disappears than reloads if your install a new external whatever, making it hard for people with a short memory to remember what drive went to what, it doesn’t show any drive names, just the default ones, so, suppose you have two drives of equal memory and partitions or just one partition, it can be hard to remember and confusing since so many of the default names are different by just one letter and number, like “sda1 ext3 2G” compared to “sda2 ext4 2G”.
7. It wasn’t able to mount my Nook HD+, so it may be that it has a problem with connecting to tablets, it was however able to see my LG phone, which is a primitive little tablet as an external hard drive.
8. If I remember right, it automatically mounted my external drives when I first used it, and a few times after, but later, strangely it forced me to mount it, which I figured out how to do by clicking on what looked like a hard drive symbol/icon (the one I said can’t be used to minimize and maximize the window is launches) which displays any drives it can recognize.
9. Also, like in Porteus, there’s a limitation in which when browsing the file system via the browser or at least Firefox browser’s save dialog box and open function via a button provided by an FF addon that files and folders can’t be manipulated. It does matter because it’s a great way to save time if you want to do so. Making an educated guess, I think all Linux distros have this short-coming.
10. It lacks a video player and that like in Porteus, there is no delete button or right click way to delete an image using it’s main image viewer, instead you have you press the delete button on the keyboard. Also like in Porteus there’s no undo option for the system and ctrl z doesn’t help either, so like, if I name a file Superman and accidentally change it to z I can’t undo it without backspacing while editing the name, etc. or after completing the save must again rename file the long way.
11. Unlike Porteus and Ubuntu, it had no option to find a file or folder using a file searching program directly from the system menu. I never tried to find a file using Porteus, so I don’t know if it’s ability to search was limited to finding apps, as in keyworded to them rather than being a true file finder. I’m guessing that in Dolphin it is possible, as I see it is also in Parted M. via the app PCManFM, which is merely called “File Manager” in the menu from which it can be accessed. I think it would be good to distinguish it by name too.
12. I didn’t like how, just like in Windows 7, when making a new folder or file, it doesn’t stay right were you made it like in Windows XP (unless it is in alpha/numerical order at the end of the file list where it is first made), but instead instantly is placed in alphabetical order and, just like in Windows 7, doesn’t put the focus on where that folder moved. I think, but am not sure PCManFM does attempt to focus on the just-created folder or file, but it didn’t do it correctly when I tried, I still had to move the bottom silder bar in the window to see where a folder I named went to in one test I did.
13. I think it would be better if Parted Magic showed the date along with the time, because I see there’s a lot of wasted space where the time is shown, and it looks dumbish, as if I were using something even more primitive than Windows 3.11.
14. The time sync function has to be messed with more than once to work.
15. I can’t manually edit the time.
Update May 4:
16. Yesterday I found that Parted OS would no longer fully boot on my Lenovo, and today I observed it get right up to the point where a bunch of yellow dots usually start to show up, but instead maybe three appeared an then it hung. I guess the CD came to life and decided it no longer wanted to be in the Lenovo.
17. For the first time after booting to the desktop, the mouse was frozen, what is wrong with Linux that there’s an apparent four types of bugs that can cause mouse-freezing?
18. It’s image viewer, the only one on it, is horrible, it takes forever to show a tiny little image even.
19. When cutting an item to paste, there’s no indication that the items that were selected are in cut-mode like Windows XP or 7 would show by fading the items, this matters because sometimes a cut action doesn’t always work due to system bugs or a poor mouse or the user not selecting cut like he or she may think they did.
A positive: I found a feature I had always wanted to have in Windows and any OS which was I could select all item s in a folder at once via a right click and “select all”. Why isn’t this a “no brainer” for developers?
20. I wasn’t going to mention this but since another problem came up and it was still going on: I keep having to sync the time for it to correct itself. At first I thought correctly it wasn’t syncing, and then thought I was forgetting to, but then I noticed it keeps going awry. And the other annoyance that brought me back to mention this:
21. When I tried to unzip a folder the unzip dialog box opened up with part of the bottom underneath either the inside of the folder or it was under the taskbar so that the bottom buttons were hidden, or rather the one that mattered most: the confirm button.
22. Update 5-5-2:40 PM: After using PMOS more I’ve noticed more problems, when booting up it seems to take forever now even after I wipe the CD of. It takes 2 more minutes to load it to my RAM on both my laptops and on my Lenovo it can take what seems like five minutes or more to load, specifically when it gets to the part about freeing memory during the boot up process it takes so long I wonder if it’s frozen, and at least once it took so long I gave up waiting, or takes so long that I have no power left to use the external monitor.
23. Gparted sometimes goes into what seems to be an infinite reading process so that it never loads the gui past some gray rectangle, I had rebooted twice to get rid of it till I find PMOS has a task manager.
24. This is both a positive and negative: I discovered that I can add a battery monitor to the panel by right clicking on it and clicking the app tab and so on.
For a data recovery OS it seems common sense to have the task manager easy to access and to display the power state, after many versions of this OS that that still isn’t the case is, not good.
25. There’s also what looks like a new error that I’m looking at now, which is that the network state icon in the taskbar/panel keeps cycling as if it’s trying to connect but can’t. In fact it disconnected me while I was trying to log in to update this article. My physical modem however showed no signs of being disconnected. Anyways, the icon has stopped cycling before even finishing this paragraph.
26. I’m not don’t like that the terminal icon in the panel looks like a monitor settings icon, and I wish that stupid widget next to it that shows window positions in a bizarre way was a monitor settings button.
27. If I attempt to change the height and width of the taskbar and icons by holding the mouse down on the arrow buttons rather than clicking them or entering in the size number, it will, even if I lift the mouse button or try to press the arrow buttons that go in the other direction, rapidly keep reducing or expanding depending on which arrow I produced. After it stops it’s difficult unless you type in the numbers to get it back to normal. And by the way network icon is cycling again.
28. Update May 6: Yet another annoyance is that like with Windows, if I click some item in a folder that is in a column somewhat off to the right it suddenly goes to the center, almost and prevents me from either easily tracking what I was trying to click or I miss it with the mouse.
29. Yet another annoyance is when after having been in some folder and going up a directory, it doesn’t remember what folder I was just in, and rather than focusing on it it instead goes to the very beginning of the items in the new folder, and adding to that annoyance is that it keeps forgetting the view mode I put it in, like “compact view”.
30. I had just now tried to delete an empty folder and it tells me it can’t because the directory isn’t empty!
31: Update May 7: I wasn’t going to mention it but I find it to be very irritating: when clicking the drive icon on the panel it has a overly long delay and so in my case not knowing it only took one click to launch it for a while often ended up with multiple instances of it, and more annoying was that when changing the mount state of the drives the other windows wouldn’t update which would confuse me if I didn’t realize I clicked one that was not updated, that had happened when I didn’t realize there were multiple instances of the same program window.
32. Even worse, when my 2 TB hard drive shut off (from power loss) while in the middle of extracting an OpenSUSE package, it caused some sort of hard drive problem where I can’t copy files from it to any other drive or to the system ram, because for whatever reason the NTFS drive state was changed to disallow copying. I couldn’t figure out the one or two online explanations of how to change this as they were poor in my opinion. I have never encountered a problem like this in Windows out of the more than 10 years I’ve been using it.
33. Update May 9: You can’t directly paste items through the folder menu into a drive, you have to open it.
34. Update May 9: You can’t minimize a dialog box for a folder like one showing a progress bar on how much longer a file is being copied to another part of your system without the whole folder being minimized with it.
Update May 8: I installed Ubuntu to a thumbdrive hoping it wouldn’t be “live”, but it was. And since there is no word for “non-live” in computer lingo except maybe “persistent” I looked up info on “non-live” so and so on google but only found a hard to figure out forum convo about it and there seemed to be no solution for me. I tried to use Xfburn on Parted Magic to get Ubuntu onto a CD but the Gateway I am using, which Parted works best with doesn’t have a burner, so I plugged one in but Xfburn says it can’t get the speed ability of the external, and so is a dead end. Genius software programmers! Not. And my Knoppix CD which works on my Lenovo but not Gateway has become so damaged that I can’t use it to burn Ubuntu to a CD etc and then to a thumbdrive, the only way it seems to be possible to make a persistent Ubuntu by thumbdrive. So as a last resort I will have to play the Parted Magic waiting game for it to boot up successfully on my Lenovo as I repeatedly roll the dice of time, metaphorically speaking.
35. Update May 9: Yet another flaw: if the main screen was turned off and an external monitor is disconnected, the main screen stays off, unlike in the smarter Windows OS’s.
37. It apparently starts up not rarely with a freezing mouse problem, if I already mentioned freezing as a prob, whatever.
38. It can actually cause a thumbdrive (even if only by Gparted) to become a “brick” unless you keep tinkering with it. I discovered this when I was trying to format a corrupted stick and the laptop shut off, and after words had trouble being recognized correctly even by the Erase and Gparted programs. I had to repeatedly tinker. I also got a “libpartedbug detected!” when trying to use Gparted to fix the messed up stick, and strangely it said that even after a reboot, and it never gave any other info as to what this bug was. I was able to eventually use Erase to fix the stick though.
39. Update May 10, 10:38 AM: Gparted will hang if you erase a disk then immediately after the erasing is done, activate Gparted. This caused the system to have problems seeing my drives even after killing the hanged process, and me, having repeatedly taken the usb cable to my main drive in and out caused a electrical problem of some sort so that now 14 years of my life is stuck on a damaged drive that can’t be read with me having no money to recover it. Thanks a lot Parted developer. Even worse it shorted out three of my usb ports leaving me with only one working one on my Gateway now, so now both my junky laptops have one USB port.
DragonflyBSD Update 4/30: I tried to unzip Dragonflybsd, it didn’t work. I wish I had downloaded an ISO instead, but none was shown for me to download. I then tried to install Damn Small Linux and CentOS to a USB and succeeded, but neither booted up to the desktop. DSL got to a point where it said “segmented fault” and then froze, and COS also froze up to a certain point. I tried them on both my laptops and both failed to get to the desktop. So then I decided to look up to see if anyone had successfully booted up using a USB stick on my M460 and discovered:
Peppermint OS: So, this was my first OS to ever boot up using a USB stick, and not only that, it is incredibly fast (as a live CD/USB).
The only annoying things about it so far is that,
1. It only shows the time in military and has the same mouse freezing problem after waking from suspension.
2. Didn’t save my settings when the computer ran out of power (it’s a live USB, like a live CD).
3. As a live USB, I had to use it to install it onto another USB which after installing a larger version of the OS did not load nearly as fast. After pressing enter to boot up it seemed to take somewhere between 10 and 15 seconds to fully load.
4. It often freezes even when nothing is going on or very little ram is being used.
5. At first trying to search for various things on it’s software manager and strangely common things do not show up, but when I searched for Thunderbird it did, however it to will not download. How good can this OS be if I can’t install any new packages on it? I can make changes to the freezy Chromium browser, but so far that’s it.
6. I’ve still been trying Peppermint and it freezes about every 10 seconds and I’m using it to type this post, so imagine how painful this is, it’s so bad, it took me an hour or more to be able to post this.
7. I saw that in its other package manager, synaptic, that the error message it gave for not being able to download was not being able to find such and such IP address, however the other p. manager eventually worked, but even then, it was excruciatingly slow. The system stalls are so bad that it can take longer than two minutes for it to unstall.
8. Big surprise: after putting in all the extensions I wanted into Firefox, find out it too is buggy. When I went into the customization and extensions menus saw that there was not only no scroll bar to be able to access the buttons or extensions on the bottom, but not even the arrow keys would get me down (later I found that sometimes the scroll bar, in an ugly and awkward looking way shows up, it seems rare that it does though). And when trying to load my bookmarks, the menu freezes for so long the system asks if I want to close it window, and when doing so, Firefox is taken down with it. Firefox froze so much that I ended up having to use Chromium to surf. I feel like if I had ever gone through the experience of beta tasting Windows 98, that this was what it would have been like. It’s been so bad using Peppermint I’m thinking about going back to Parted Magic.
9. Unlike in Windows (but I think some other Linux distro I can’t recall the name of) shortcuts can’t be made to the desktop by dragging menu items there, instead you have to right click items in the menu (and when I first tried, though there was nothing to be seen since it had stalled, other new users may think because of such stalls that there is no way to make a shortcut to the desktop or only by some complicated way).
10. After having installed FF, Thunderbird and two messengers, I’ve been waiting about an hour for a torrent manager to download and install, something under 100 MBs, and for eight other programs to yet download (I just saw my modem was in a bad spot and was slowing down the downloads). After having tried it out more with my modem being in a good spot, some programs even under 30mbs take a huge amount of time to install and other programs will stay waiting in line to install till it’s done.
11. It doesn’t automatically mirror the desktop to an external monitor, so I am left to guess when to press enter to begin booting up on my laptop with the broken screen and if I forget the monitor is not plugged in, must reboot.
12. Incompetently, there’s no trashcan icon on the desktop nor in the menu.
13. There’s no in-system program/programme/app searcher. So I can’t just look up “trashcan” or “recycle bin” etc.
14. The software manager shows even more limited software and reviews for that software than for Ubuntu.
15. Chromium has an annoying problem in which typing a URL and pressing enter because it stupidly lacks a go button, doesn’t always do anything and that I must open a new tab and retype it. I wonder if it had the same many years-long annoyance that Chrome has, in which if you start to save a page, but then close it, cancels the download, and more annoying, has nothing in the download menu to allow to complete it like Firefox has (a redownload button that is).
16. The “find in page” bar does not stay open like in FF when reloading or closing a page even if others are still open. Though this is a Chromium problem, Peppermint makes it the only default browser you start with and it’s icon is stuck in the menu permanently as if this blah browser is something to show off as a centerpiece. Since the system is so freezy, they should have at least included a much less freeze-prone browser, like one that doesn’t display images.
17. There’s no “searching” or “no files found” indicator message in the software manager, so I’m left to guess if the system froze again or is still searching or third: came up with nothing. Super frustrating.
18. Another software manager annoyance is that it automatically starts searching when you type in, as if trying to copy google’s annoying auto search feature. It seems to me that this is one of the problems causing a system slow down, and no doubt to me it wastes bandwidth and processing energy on the server dishing out the search results.
19. There is an incredible lack of good or classic-type games, for example, when typing “wars” in to the software manager, turns up an underwhelming SIX whole games, with hardly any reviews except the stupid looking “hedgewars”. Yes, I know about WINE:
20. The available WINE (a program for being able to use Windows software) package in the software manager is an old and much more unstable version than the latest one. Is this laziness or are the WINE, Ubuntu and Peppermint guys dealing with daily harassment of some sort, oppression keeping them from updating that very important piece of software? It’s not as if Ubuntu is a small player anymore. It doesn’t have the huge support base that Windows does, but it’s no small fry that such an important app isn’t made easily downloadable. I’m talking about Ubuntu because this software database is clearly tied in to it’s operating system managers, or is there some separate organization that handles the software database? Even if so, how hard can it be to say, “Please update the WINE database?”
20. Not that big a deal but in the software manager, but the software names get cut off a little where there is this line that goes down the middle, the line can’t be moved either, so it’s not like a column field line in “compact view” in a folder for example. It’s also unprofessional looking since there’s no reason that where on the right of this line, the reviews with pictures of stars need the huge amount of space given to them. It’s as if the person who made this GUI didn’t know how to make the review input sit to the right. It’s that hard to figure out, there was no better GUI guy to program or install that part of the system, is Peppermint that new?
21. A very strange phenomenon occurred after trying to arrange desktop items the way I wanted, after failing I went to the software manager to look for any app to help me arrange them, and as if a demon were messing with my computer, saw some sort of document icon suddenly appearing the right of the s.m. floating into various icons, then disappearing and reappearing again to do the same thing. I tried to record it but by the time I found a screen recorder it stopped. It lasted for about 15 seconds I think.
22. There is an annoying arbitrary transparency effect (something I’d expect in annoying Knoppix) and there’s no obvious way to turn it off. I’d especially like to because I wonder if it has anything to do with causing this OS to repeatedly stall. I clicked “customize look and feel” in the system menu and it took 15 seconds for it to appear, regardless there was no mention of “transparency”.
23. There’s no obvious way to cause programs to start up after loading the desktop, I’m mentioning this because when looking to see if anyone had made a Star Control clone (a cool Amiga game I used to play) noticed in the software list an “lxsession” for managing start up programs, yet in the system menu there’s no indication of this program. I guess it would be in “desktop sessions” since that is what is mentioned in the lxession description. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to name that menu item, “Startup Manager”?
24. And finally the biggest downfall: Chromium, which I was hoping to use to continue my research, just barely works. When opening a google search page for example, the delay to being able to open one of the links takes so long it repeatedly asks if I want to kill the page, and I only have one other tab open, that of this article.
Update 4:18 PM:
I hadn’t mentioned it, but on my Lenovo one of the USB ports had gone bad, and yesterday the one next to it also died, so at this point I was stuck with one last one on it. Not good eh? And now:
Wow, wow, wow:
25. So, I while ago I had gotten a gray screen of death (gsod), and since nothing changed after waiting for it to go away forced a shut down (and previous when some software update was going on had to shut down in the middle of it, though the system hadn’t bricked yet, so perhaps that didn’t matter).
26. A while after the gsod the system froze again I tried downloading SNVNC and when it took forever to install and when repeated attempts to cancel it failed, I forced a shut down again. Then after trying to reboot, noticed it wasn’t getting me anywhere., so I switched the USB stick over to my Gateway M460. I put it in the USB port nearest the messed up power button and eventually got to the blue boot up menu, I then waited and waited and for the first time ever using any OS, it rebooted back to the blue menu, I didn’t see an error message before it did that since I wasn’t paying attention. I tried to boot up again and again got the reboot to the menu, then tried again and it told me the OS wasn’t found. Then I tried again and got an error message saying no partition could be found. At that point I literally and I do mean literally felt like throwing up; bad idea naming an OS after a good tasting thing and it making you want to throw up, bad association of memories there. So I switched USB ports and this time made it to the desktop and after opening FF and remembering my modem wasn’t plugged in, plugged it in under the stick, and behind FF was the gsod again. I shut down FF and many minutes later while having typed up this update, it’s still on the gray screen. WOW. All those excruciating hours I spent downloading this and that and customizing the browsers on what felt like a computer using a Pentium 100mhz processor, yes, that painfully slow, all of that, down the drain. It seems that because this was an OS based off the Ubuntu line, it also shared the same flaw of such OS’s in that it will become highly defective if a package or perhaps especially a system package doesn’t fully install. I don’t think suck packages should install till they are fully downloaded. And supposing that had fully downloaded and where in the middle of installing, there should be some fail safe program in which the system is able to revert back to the previous system state if it detects a system failure. Meanwhile I was able to type this up using the live version on my other USB. Sigh.
Update May 4:
27. I found at that Chromium is as problematic for downloading PDFs from espace as FF, but seriously, the managers of espace really need to get a beating for being stubborn roadblocks. Please pray for these idiots for not fixing what is clearly THEIR PROBLEM. If you can’t tell me what this mysterious bug is in FF, then IT IS YOUR PROBLEM, and clearly it’s not FFs problem if Chromium is downloading blank pdfs and a separate file that I didn’t specify I wanted to download you lying idiots. Update: I just found out who the president is of of this incompetent organization: Benoît Battistelli of France. And on a side note, many of the patents on that site has spelling errors and bad translations of patent titles. How is that professional or acceptable? Please president of France fire this lazy bumbler.
Benoît Battistelli – MORON
Update 6:08 PM:
I decided to try this OS in it’s 700mb live CD KDE i586 form and after getting to the boot menu pressed enter and waited without any indication anything was happening for about 10 seconds I think, then suddenly the desktop loaded and just as suddenly went to a black screen with this error message:
Something about “rootfs”.
For those who want to know what browser I was able to use to get an entire patent off espacenet, it was Chrome, not Chromium, and using Android on my Nook HD+. However it wasn’t all pretty roses as Chrome like Chromium doesn’t allow an option to name the pdf file how I’d like which ends up costing me more work time and wear on my fingers fooling around with “rename file” commands. And big surprise, the battery on my Nook went bad two days ago (May 3).
Browser Linux 501:
I tried this garbage on May 4 after Mageia and here’s a 6:58 PM review: I was looking for a distro with Chrome and FF, and this came up, it was small and supposed to have Chrome on it, instead I find the idiot lied, only FF, not only that it pulled of a revolutionary error: it actually froze the built in boot screen so that I had to plug it in right after it went away. Super wow, who ever heard of such a bug? So, this idiot makes it into the Linux Liars Hall of Fame. No thanks to whoever this idiot is for wasting an hour of my time and electricity. Evil idiot.
So, after the Browser 501 disaster I read that Netrunner had Chrome on it, and when finally finding the OS site (which was difficult since there is a app/game for it that is an app for the Chrome browser) found that the latest version seemed only to have FF, worse they had removed a bunch of apps on it that I would have rather had.
7:28 PM: I just found this article http://linuxfonts.narod.ru/why.linux.is.not.ready.for.the.desktop.current.html. I didn’t actually read the URL till pasting it here, and it matches I thought I had, which amazed me, because Linux is a very old and often used OS, that thought was that Linux is not suitable as an operating system for regular or general use at all with all the bugs I found in the various variations. It amazes me that after 23 years, it still sucks.
Update May 5: At about 11 PM last night I tried lupu (a Puppy Linux variation) that the website claimed from some forum member’s praise in it’s forum was a must have for first time users; it sucked.
1. I saw it like that Browser OS version stalled at the start up screen, but I wondered if it was really just loading so I waited for a while and it got to its personal bootup screen, so after the desktop loads, I see it looks nice, though the background looked childish.
2. The right click menu for the desktop was way over complicated and the choice of apps was terrible. It had stupid Pburn and these two paint/draw programs on the desktop were terrible, and I mean at first impression not as in I tried them out. I mainly looked to see if I could use them to crop an image from the left and seeing I couldn’t, to me that = primitive and annoying.
3. I found the software package manager, which was kind of hard but I had a warning metaphorically speaking from another site that it would be different, so I didn’t give up right away. Anyways it teased me with a nice pretty menu selection of stuff I wanted, but was disappointed to see there was no Chrome, but the inferior Chromium.
4. The default browser Dillo couldn’t connect to the Internet, so I tried the confusing or rather too-simplistic Internet connection wizard and though it claimed I was connected to the Internet when I tried one setting, the browser said it wasn’t and the package manager indicated there was no connection. SUPER FAIL. I may try just plain Puppy and then Slackware version of Puppy next, and if those get me no where I may try Dragonflybsd one more time to see if I can get a package from another mirror to unzip correctly. If that OS turns out to suck, forget it; I’ll just bother to get a new hd and Windows 7.
Carolina OS, Update May 5, 2:19 PM:
I installed this variation of Puppy Linux to a USB too, and it successfully got to the desktop. I explored it quickly and like Browser and Lupu OS it couldn’t connect to the Internet. But I explored it anyways to see if there was anything very good about it, and it was very Windows like, I didn’t like the look as much as Porteus, but it was much better than Lupu in navigation layout and appearance, and it had a better software selection. There was a Windows-like task manager too. Libre Writer actually loaded, amazing, and it did so quickly, unlike on Porteus. It had Pidgin and Thunderbird, yay. It grayed out items I selected to cut and didn’t automatically open a folder if I held items over it.
The hibernate and suspend functions failed, but I think the mouse would have froze on my laptops waking from one of them anyways.
What I didn’t like besides the dumb Internet failure was some of the choices of software, like the buggy and too simple Transmission (torrent manager), I would have rather seen QTranmission and KTorrent or Deluge (better would be all three), and there was no Skype, Chrome or KATE text editor. There was also no “select all” in the right click context menu. I didn’t notice a package manager or any graphics editing programs, but I’m guessing they were there since it was a polished piece of work. It seems if the 3g/4g modem problem could be resolved that this might actually turn out to be the best of them all, especially if users could easily switch the interface to KDE and thereby gain more users who prefer that GUI.
Unity OS Update May 4, 9:48 AM:
I tried this OS not long after waking up and it failed during the boot up and reverted back to text mode it said.
HUMANity OS Update May 4, 2:45 PM:
I tried this OS about one or two hour ago and got a similar error message to the one in I got for Unity:
On top where it’s blurry it says it can’t load the boot splash and some file wasn’t found.
I even tried the “video safe” method of boot up a second time, which ended up with basically the same error message, the only diff being one line was repeated twice. And, I tried to unzip Dragonflybsd again from an entirely different source, and got the same unzip problem.
OpenSUSE Update May 6, 1:08 AM: So, I spent hours trying to make a custom OpenSUSE OS, spent painful hours trying to download it, was especially Hellish since I accidentally deleted my original creations and it had no undo, ugh, but so when a few hours ago tried to unzip it found it was unzipping a “raw” file. Then I tried just now to unzip it and when finally getting to the end it says, “”. Why the Hell wasn’t it in ISO form like all the other Linux distros except Dragonfly, which wouldn’t open either? And now that I mention it again, why is Dragonfly even compressed when it’s small already?! Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh.
Update May 7: So I find out how to download an ISO file from the confusing OpenSUSE site, and big surprise it didn’t work. Here’s a screen shot of the error message I got:
The same message was on my Lenovo too, but on the Lenovo it suddenly poured out endless errors that looked like this:
I’d have cropped and rotated the image but there’s no such software on Parted Magic and the wordpress server image editor won’t save my changes when I use it’s online image editor. I wonder if it uses Linux…
Worse, when trying make much smaller builds and finally settling on one, deleting a few times some builds that were in progress or about to start, that builds would not longer start, instead I waited and waited finally deleted the setup to start from scratch and got a big “There’s something wrong with this server!” message. Yet more hours of my time wasted on Linux. I’m in a much worse mood now after having come across some sociopaths working at Walmart who acted like denying my cats some food I bought was nothing and that I was crazy for not believing them after clearly lying to me, and denying that I even bought it despite camera footage showing me doing so. I wonder now if they even are recording anyone.
Linux is clear proof that not only atheism sucks but socialism and communism too (as in capitalism produces worse products than what could be achieved with soc. and com.). This “community” effort is mainly a failure because of the fact that there are so many stupid, immoral and mentally ill people causing problems in a community effort and without lots of money it can be next to impossible to shield helpful developers from such people outside the Internet too, as in trouble-makers in other parts of life. The “inventor”, Linus Torvalds, is so ignorant he couldn’t understand or be bothered to find out why his supposed highest rule which he calls the golden rule, is attributed to Christ. Does it really take that much thought, he couldn’t guess? Does it he think it came from a noodle monster or must have come from the Easter Bunny? The saying, “You get what you pay for” is true in this case, as for Obama billions to pay for his Obamacare sign up software, it seems the saying is as big a failure as that buy (though I’m sure some might convincingly argue he misspent those billions out of spite). And if this massive frustrating mess is what you get from atheistic socialism and communism efforts, then how good can Wikipedia, a similar mess of the infoware genre be? Obvious major problems with Wikipedia for those who’ve contributed much to and studied it is that it’s filled with atheist liberal gatekeeper morons who dominate it at the very top who are constantly using it as propaganda for big surprise, atheism and liberalism. They are so busy with that dumbness it erodes the quality all over it so that it is like a giant religious book pushing atheism, the big bang, life by chance, and evolutionism. I’m not at all saying that Linux developers are all or mainly atheists or liberals, but that this idea that open source is just about as good as close source software that was created in part from paying the programmers to make it is clearly false, and it seems to me that it’s cursed by God for having been spawned in part by atheist Linus. If it is cursed, I hope it is lifted soon. After just typing that I went to read a page I had opened at extremetech.com, part of it say, “(…)Linux is also the kernel beneath Android, and it also powers most wireless routers and many DVD players.” So why does Android not suck as much? OH… yeah. :)
I still can’t figure out how to root my Nook HD+ using or put cyanogenmod on it because the explanations at xda-developers which everyone relies on is such a are such complicated rants I can’t comprehend them. I mention it because without buying it on a card you have to go through a big hard task to “upgrade” to it yourself, and may end up messing up your phone or tablet trying (and it does happen as I’ve read some stories about failed attempts).
(Update: concerning the possible rant that comes after this sentence, I have something else to say, so it’s not my “final word”):
So much for the Linux guys who say that going off and making endless amounts of Linux distros is better than just having a few operating systems which is something Leszek Lesner of Zeven OS tried to convince me was best, in an unconvincing way. As Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” If Linux programmers keep going off to make their own OS, it ends up splitting up the resources and help that could otherwise be devoted to simply improving the existing operating systems. However, if part of the problem is that there are programmer “gate keepers” blocking people from editing the base code, sort of like the heads of churches preventing a member or new comers from changing the doctrines to whatever they prefer even if the idea is better, then understandably the people wanting change would have to go create their doctrinal various, or own church to try out their new idea. As the apostle Paul said (and is often ignored by various Christians and anti-Christians who attack Christians for being “divisional” and promoting their own various Bibles), “first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, that those who are approved may be recognized among you.” He’s not contradicting Christ by the way, since Christ never said anyone calling themselves a Christian would be in agreement with another, let alone reasonable and peaceful (that isn’t to say that there are no types of people, as in a group, that isn’t better or worse, clearly there are, and those who deny it have bad judgment and stupid or ignorant and presumptuous and lack common sense; a classic example of a worse group: Nazis).
So, here’s an updated thought after that stuff up there: Linux isn’t a “house”, or a kingdom, family or religious or philosophical group. It’s a software program that exists in various variations like Christians do, and like various Christians, they don’t all have the same leader, and by that I mean as in a “chosen” leader rather than the one imposed on all in general, that is, Jesus, except in, I think that some small part of Linux is, and I guess if only everyone agrees and to the limited extent that it can be done, over a small part of the core of the OS. But, it’s still true that if, even if necessary for progress, people keep splitting up to try and improve, and they aren’t getting paid or are underpaid, the harder it will be from lack of help to get good work done. But, since Linux developers usually aren’t “code-hiders” as far as I know and in their philosophy to share freely what they’ve made, do often help each other out, even to make a new version of Linux. It’s no effort that is nearly as corrupt as Wikipedia or some “universal” cult-like religion like Universalism, because it isn’t a religious work by nature, like a car or hammer. It’s not infused with code that pops up windows saying, “Evolution is true” or “Satan is good”.
All the Linux distros seem to have no button to minimize all the windows so that you could see the desktop immediately like can be done in WXP and W7. I remember a long time ago finding a program for Windows that I due to a failed hard drive was never able to find again: it could if you held the right mouse button to the farthest right of the screen, and then dragged leftward, would, like a curtain, reveal what was behind the entire vertical and horizontal area up to the point I had dragged the mouse to the left, so that if I dragged it all the way to the opposite side of the screen would see the entire desktop. It showed a yellow line going all the way to the top and bottom of the screen where the mouse had been held down, which I suppose was some of button. It was a very cool thing. Think of that reminds me of another program for Windows in which you could cut holes of whatever shape you wanted on a window to see what was behind it.
In all the Linux distros, or so it seems to me, no file manager and the Linux platform itself isn’t programmed to move htm or html files along with it any matching _files folder. In Windows it recognizes the two as going together and even warns you before editing the name of htm/html files and I think even the _files folders. In Windows, or XP and 7, I can even change the name of an htm file and then afterwards match the _files folder to the same name and it will still move both files together, although, I did notice that many times this function wouldn’t work in Windows and I have no idea why it happened.
So, what would be a perfect general OS for everyday use (and which would benefit many poor persons in the world with laptops with broken screens and no hard drive, which I imagine are in the millions, and which would save a lot of otherwise wasted money and landfill space and recycling time)? It would of course not have the problems I mentioned above. I think it would be a great time save if all the file managers which cut off the names of files, or absurdly make the files in list view go far to the right if a file name in the previous column were listed to simply make them all uniform, and using a tool tip when hanging a mouse over a file, show it’s full file name. What I mean is is a name for a file is very long, cut it off instead of spacing the files to the right of it far off, making them hard to read and access and instead cut off the rest of the name, not literally, but as in hide it.
Another problem was with a common OS installer used for Linux called Unetbootin, which is not able to see external drives, forcing users with no or little hard drive space to use up that disk space or memory which can be a problem if the OS they want to burn is a big one.
So, what would be a perfect general OS for everyday use (and which would benefit many poor persons in the world with laptops with broken screens and no hard drive, which I imagine are in the millions, and which would save a lot of otherwise wasted money and landfill space and recycling time)? It would of course not have the problems I mentioned above, but also include the following software which have the highest ratings from users as can be viewed via Ubuntu’s app which displays apps for downloads (whatever it’s called): but also include the following software which have the highest ratings from users as can be viewed via Ubuntu’s app which displays apps for downloads (whatever it’s called):
Two of each types of software if possible:
1. audio file converter
2. audio file joiner and splitter
3. video file converter
4. video file joiner and splitter
5. audio file player that can play live streams including from pls files, can thoroughly edit audio tags, look up song information like is possible in recent versions of Winamp, looping and have more than one instance if desired, like XMplay for windows is able to do and in which the file can play with a different speed and pitch etc. and utilize skins and plug-ins, and the ones for Winamp if possible.
6. audio analyzer and general editor like Audacity
7. video analyzer and general editor with a good frame grabber (perhaps Openshot can do this, I haven’t been able to use it yet).
8. gnu_ddrescue with a GUI, which has already been made in two ways:
9. various browsers to avoid dead ends when you find “it couldn’t do such and such” problems, specifically: Swiftweasel, Firefox, Konqueror, Kazehakase, Amaya and Chromium.
10. messengers like skype and pidgin and other various ones.
11. more than one text editor, please stop with the “leafpad” and nothing else, besides libre which I found doesn’t start, and abiword which is apparently buggy. I recommend KATE and Calligra.
12. QTransmission (which has problems continuing a file after an accidental disconnect and despite reconnecting to the same drive) and Ktorrent. I like utorrent so found Ktorrent to be a very good match. Perhaps QBittorent is good to have too, not sure since I don’t remember trying it, but from looking at it’s interface just now it seems good, seems.
13. screenshot/capturers (not buggy Ksnapshot please)
14. Audio grabbers which can also record in-system audio from live streams, messengers, videos and flash ads
15. Video recording device that can record what’s going on on the screen including a specific area or a webcam or a messenger
17. image viewers
18. archivers / Compression and decompression programs / zip/unzippers like Peazip.
19. process viewers and terminators with unlocking ability (I’ve never noticed a process being locked like on Windows, but if that is ever a problem it would be good to include).
20. VLC and some other video player
21. network analyzers and managers
22. Braseros and some other burners
23. DVD rippers
24. Partition managers (not that limited GParted please)
25. At least one package converter like Alien using the “Package Converter” front end/GUI.
26. Highly rated calculators including scientific ones
27. game makers: Java RPG Game Maker and Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker
28. bluetooth managers and drivers, specifically:
Bluetooth 4.101 (a (generic?) bluetooth package provides all of the different plugins supported by the Bluez bluetooth stack
Blueman Bluetooth Manager
KDE Bluetooth stack
29. GOOD JAVA SUPPORT. It’s very annoying when for some reason I can’t download a video using firefox and so when going to a site that will let me via it’s software, tells me I need java to do so. I tried installing it onto Ubuntu once, and afterwards found out that this same video-download said it would only work with the previous version, which I couldn’t get no matter how hard I searched.
30. Any easy system settings save and restore for live CD users who may only have a floppy, usb stick or flash card to use. I would like the system settings feature be able to not just save changes made to the OS, but also browsers and so on so that people do not have to go through the tedious task of customizing the browsers they use in a way that pleases them. I use many FF addons and very much reconfigure the menu set up, so it is very bothersome to me to move and add a bunch of buttons and so on every time I start from a live CD.
31. Various Bibles, a program that has more than one Bible version. This is good to include even if you are not a Christian because it makes it easy to study the Bible off line to find out what it says for the fun of it and to check to see if someone quoted it accurately or taught what it said accurately (useful for debates and teaching and seeing if someone is a liar or not or a decent teacher or not and just knowing the truth in general). Now of course someone may say to me, “Oh Christian guy why not then ask that the Quran be installed for the same reason or all the other major religious books?” 1. The Quran didn’t have a positive influence on the world as is obvious from the repeated news about Muslims being severely unjust and destructive to their own kind (something those who argue against Christians/the Bible conveniently or accidentally forget), that is unlike the Bible, which clearly had an extremely good effect. Now again there will be those who argue and laugh and say, “Oh false Christians that false Christians this hypocrites here hypocrites there” which has nothing to do with the facts in Scripture and the good commands it gives. And again there will be those who argue, “Oh like slavery and stoning kids” and taking the Bible clearly out of context, maliciously arguing in ignorance or deliberately lying. And they may argue, “Oh well then the same could be true of the Quran, there’s just distorters of what it says then,” but that is clearly not the case as can be found from quick research thanks to Google and other search engines. There are clear contradictions even many Muslims admit to in the Quran and verses that in context are racist, sexist, nonsensical, and even permitting lying. Lying is the opposite of telling the truth and so does not promote truth, but confusion. No atheist has ever said, “The Bible endorses lying,” or “It implies you can lie and steal”. That atheists, and even the most malicious have never used that as an argument, even the most rotten of the rotten (and I’ve met ones from Hell) despite their endless mockery and attacks on the Bible, says it all: the Bible does not permit lying in any way, ever. Though God uses liars and lies to teach us the bad consequences of them and the superiority of truth, he never lies and never commands anyone to lie. And, if someone still insists that the Quran should be included merely because it’s been greatly influential (in what good way?!) then all the more the Bible and the various best translations of it should also be included as it IS the most influential book and has been for much longer than the Quran, possibly for as long as 4000 years or longer if you count the oldest books.
32. Backup sofware, specifically: Déjà Dup, Fwbackups, rdiff-backup, BackupPC, FOG, Flexbackup, Backup teddy, Storix, Kleo + Partimage, SEP Sesam. Yes, 10 apps, something there for everyone.
33. Things for encrypting.
34. File search programs like mythicsoft’s Filelocator Pro, but I would hope better, and that have good find and replace text abilities and even a duplicate file finder. I hope that isn’t asking for too much for free.
35. Disk size image viewers with the ability to see the sizes of individual folders and the files in them in various layouts.
36. Email apps, including Thunderbird or some TB clone.
37. Internet time-syncing apps, something that starts up like in Parted OS to get the time right right away.
38. Low battery warning indicators, including movie-watching friendly ones, in other words that don’t suddenly pop up in the middle of the screen while you’re watching a movie, but rather show some modest warning, or rather one of your choice, like audio and/or visual and being able to customize the sound and look of the warning, including having it pop up in the middle if the user wants it so.
39. Watermarking programs. I remember I had once found a batch watermarking program that was able to make all kinds of text effects and in a somewhat easy way to do (and lost due to a damaged drive it was on), among them was one which though having thoroughly searched through maybe more than twenty watermarking programs was never able to find, which was the ability to age the text to various degrees. The same or a similar effect is in an online text effect and logo-making program called FlamingText. If someone can create something like that it would be great, because it made for cool effects. This program had both opacity and transparency, and it always confused me as to what the difference was, but it did seem to make for more amazing effects. I remember also that it could blend the text in with the background of your choice so that it didn’t have an ugly and amateur look.
40. Various font tools.
41. And the big must-have: a good package downloading and installing manager or to put it another way a good program for downloading and installing other programs so that the user doesn’t have to type a bunch of strange code to install software, and course, that allows good keyword searching, and preferably that sorts out the software by categories, including multiple categories if some software applies to more than one, like one that has both audio and video editing abilities which would save people time trying to find what they wanted.
And I recommend for those wanting a greater range of abilities and don’t mind the extra start up time and space and ram use, a second or additional versions of such an OS that include WINE, Ardour, Openshot and/or Cinelarra, and/or Blender and/or GIMP, KVM, Xen, some PDF maker and editor, flow chart makers and a choice of various GUIs like the standards GNOME and KDE. Additionally, what may make a complete OS like this equal to Windows XP and 7 or rather better, is if finally it was able to read tablets such as the IPAD, Nooks and other various popular tablets using Android. AThe greatest edge of all would be if such a complete Linux distro came in versions that could run on Android-based tablets. If that happened, Microsoft may end up deeply sinking in value with it’s edge narrowing in the massive amount of software available for it and games. I think though it ReactOS blossoms, that a dual boot system of some Linux or BSD distro and ReactOS would start to push Microsoft’s PC domination near the edge of the cliff, maybe even over it if React became good enough for most games, etc.
It’s obviously disappointing to me that Parted OS, Knoppix, Porteus and Ubuntu are all so close to being “perfect” metaphorically speaking, but falling short in so many areas of ease of use for various common tasks. Most disappointing of all to me is that despite having tried, have not been able to create a live Windows CD or boot it up from a USB stick or flash card: BART PE did not work for me. I hope that REACT OS will be able to replace Windows XP and 7 immediately if all these Linux programmers can’t or won’t fix the various short comings and bugs I’ve mentioned. Because I started out using the beloved Amiga and have pleasant memories of the games I played on it and the little I used of Deluxe Paint, I hope that one day AROS will become as “perfect” OS too.
In short, I advise that Linux distributors have a method of downloading a pre-customized version of their Linux distro like Porteus, one in which you can tailor the size to your liking and what programs you want (especially if if it’s not straight forward and simple to download and install apps on your distro). That way there is something that fits everyone more generally, something for someone with a weak CPU and a low amount of ram, something for someone with more, something for someone with low bandwidth and for someone who has a lot and so is willing to spend time downloading a larger preconfigured OS, and free of the bugs and annoyances I’ve listed.
PCLinux OS Update May 9, 12:38 AM: After spending many hours trying to get and install PCLinux to a USB drive, thanks to God I succeeded. It was slow but not as slow as Ubuntu and Peppermint, so I’m thinking USB 2 sticks are slow to work with. But like those two OS’s, it bricked when during a download or an install I seemed to have accidentally caused the USB hub. Without a system restore like Windows Linux is clearly not a good desktop OS.
Conclusion, May 8, 2:37 PM:
Linux is like the bizzaro version of Windows and the ugly sister of OSX. It’s like a typical poorly made Chinese wind turbine that sucks against the coal and nuclear power plants: It is doomed to being a bottom barrel OS due to its poor support and many question-deleting and question-blocking moderators in Linux help forums who like “control freaks” must approve every single post before posted: at Knoppix.net there’s a crazy moderator named Scultz who screamed that I had posted nonsense in a years old thread and not to do that; in ubuntuforums there’s where a narcissist using a stupid donkey avatar who claimed I had insulted ubuntu staff (by referring to Schultz!) and so is insane and delusional. He went on a rant about me making “a swipe” and how I had “insulted” moderators in other Linux forums by referring to Schultz and how I was blocked from even joining other sites and made a false equivocation between “swipe” and “insult” as if both meant the same, couldn’t say what the insult was and claimed I was “bad mouthing” yet never explained what was “bad”. And his rants included how I had to be be oh so careful not to offend the “sensiblities” of “international users” (what kind of meth is this guy smoking?); at linuxquestions (controlled by Jeremy Garcia, without explanation banned me for “newbie flame” (which refers to nothing, a typical troll comment is what it is), linuxforums (which kept spamming me with pop up ads and wouldn’t let me join because it claimed I was a spammer!) and stackexchange/superuser (which after having signed up then days later tried to log in to claimed too much spam was coming from my IP (apparently Schultz or Garcia decided to be malicious and submit my IP to be blacklisted); in linuxmint found that a month ago I had been secretly banned yet like in linuxforums it’s not made apparent and so ends up being a waste of time, worse many of these dolts ban you at the first hint of criticizing Linux, there’s no “don’t criticize it” warning (because it would sound childish and stupid of them), and some dumb moderator of linuxmint actually banned me twice and DELETED A PLAIN QUESTION ABOUT HOW TO GET 1080p resolution, someting still few have achieved! Now who is being abusive, insulting and unhelpful and “hurting the cause” with suck jack assery?; in the Porteus forum various “experts” wen’t on a LONG multi-user rant about how I’d somehow offended so and so, but again, without explaining how. And there’s the head gatekeeper, the rotten atheist Mr. Torvalds. Being that he is the head it should not be a surprise the people under him are also rotten) who is so careless that he thinks it’s no big deal to find out where “Do to others as you would have them do to you” came from despite it being among his two highest rules in life (and consider the nutty moderators I mentioned: they had that same hypocritical self-righteous talk), but rather, in extremely hypocritical insane laziness says he doesn’t know why it’s attributed to Jesus.
And Linux developers are so out of touch and have their priorities so out of whack they still have not made some easy to use system restore or built in reverting program in case their OS bricks.
Because many people first tried Windows variations and had good experience with XP and 7, it them a gold standard to beat, yet the Linux developers rather than getting along and working to out-do Windows, seemed to instead have focused on being more like OSX and making new GUIs which merely looked nice and had an alternative menu system. How stupid.
An example of a massive waste of energy that could have been used to benefit Linux was the creation of the hellisly annoying Compiz. Who made that crazy ambomination? Rather than having made that, why not instead have used your programming genius to eliminate the myriads of basic annoyances, and THEN come up with the special effects sauce? Instead you put the sauce on a rotten turkey.
And the main reason all these distros are doomed to becoming a little used OS is the ton of annoyances, the lack of being able to make various settings permanent like folder views always reverting to a non-compact view, and not being able to do something basic like use modern screen resolutions like 1080p. 100,000s of users are stuck at 1024 x 768!
It seems to me that Carolina OS at this time seems most likely to be the best option for a good Linux OS in that it seemed to me, though I’m not sure, that it would be resistant to bricking since in it’s live state you can save changes, I’m not sure if it’s to the same stick but I’m guessing I could if I made a separate partition on it. I say resistant to bricking because it seems like it would be easy to make a copy of the saved file in case a computer accidentally shit down in the middle of that save or the stick was accidentally pulled out during it, rather than like in Ubuntu, having to back up the entire system or a much larger part, and risking a brick from the longer length of time I guess that would require. But I don’t know if, like Porteus, it would be hard to figure out how to restore it. And of course the main problem was it not being able to handle 3g/4g modems, which would put 100s of millions of people dead in the water over that.
I can’t even say Porteus was best yet since I haven’t made a persistent version yet, and the biggest hit being it’s obscure package installation type, and worse: it’s package manager being broken and major hit being that it’s only burner, Pburn is defective. I can’t say Parted is best or equal because it’s burner Xfburn couldn’t read my generic USB burner, and Parted is supposed to be for rescuing and backing up data! And I sure can’t put the small version of Knoppix on top since the main use for it over Port and Part was merely the burner software it had.
It seems to me that Gobo Linux has the best direction, and if it can, obviously, avoid all the bugs I found in Port, Part and Crapbuntu that it would be the ultimate winner. If only Porteus had ktorrent, Konqueror and its plugins, some altenate pdf readers and a decent pdf editor, the Braseros burner, the alien package converter and its GUI finally and Parted Magic’s unique utils but also testdisk and NTFS Tools, I could then point it out as the clear winner, even with it’s broken package manager, and if only Parted had those things too, and VLC, and why is it missing testdisk?! and NTFS Tools so I can fix the read/write state of my drive? I know there is a version of Knoppix that says it has 3,500 packages, over 3 gigs of stuff, but should a user really be forced to be swamped with so many programs, 100s of which they obviously won’t need? If only I had saved my money and time for a new drive and just went back to Windows, and no one had been pestering and harassing me to prevent that, and on and on and on. One more hard Linux fail was that I found Unetbootin can’t make a dual boot stick and a shortcoming, it can’t burn ISOs; two final nails in coffin.
So, the winners
tied with Parted Magic, second place, Knoppix and 3rd, Carolina OS, a brick. Honorable mention: PCLinux OS, if some sort of system restore program can be made for it.
Update May 10, 10:38 AM: Gparted will hang if you erase a disk then immediately after the erasing is done, activate Gparted. This caused the system to have problems seeing my drives even after killing the hanged process, and me, having repeatedly taken the usb cable to my main drive in and out caused a electrical problem of some sort so that now 14 years of my life is stuck on a damaged drive that can’t be read with me having no money to recover it. Thanks a lot Parted developer. Even worse it shorted out three of my usb ports leaving me with only one working one on my Gateway now, so now both my junky laptops have one USB port. Because of that I’m taking Parted off the winner’s list.
May 13, 12:13 AM: Parted Magic OS is definitely in the dumpster, it, merely cause my thumb and flash card drive were mounted when I shut if off, caused them both, like my wrecked external drive, to turn into read only devices. So much for a rescue operating system. I went back to knoppix since parted magic wouldn’t consistenty start on my Lenovo and I was getting sick of the Gateway shutting off on me whenever going to comment in CNN’s Disqus comment threads, it causes the CPU in the Gateway to go into overdrive for some reason. I studied Knoppix a little more and despite it not being in RAM, but a live CD, unlike Parted Magic, is just as fast at least as Parted, I say at least because my Lenovo is much more powerful. I noticed that Knoppix lacks something I thought was an inherint problem in Linux distros, that being that in order to select a file or get the curse to go where you want, like in a text file spot, that you must hold the mouse down for about a second in that spot. That was the case for me in every distro that worked, but in Knoppix it’s instant, just like in Windows. I also found out it does have a monitor manipulator after all, it just has a stupid name: “ARandR”, whose dumb idea was that? And Compiz can be shut off after all, it was in fact “right in my face” so to speak, I just didn’t notice cuz of the ugly font and squeezed look of the menu system and over all look of Knoppix’s GUI. It’s under “Preferences” right under ARandR. When I shut off the annoying effects it was MUCH better. And ever weirder was while I was going through the painful process of trying to download software for it as I was preparing to make it my main OS, accidentally tripped what I thought didn’t exist, the Synaptic Package Manager, now how is that for a “coincidence”? Thank you God. I decided to look through the menu system again to see if I had missed the entry for the package manager and I saw why I missed it: it is on the very bottom of the “Preferences” list and is where the taskbar is, so I apparently thought it was a tab in the taskbar. And when I typed in various stuff in Synaptic to see what would come up and unfortunately I suppose because I was using a live CD, everything was checked off as installed, ridiculous. I was also sad to discover there is no explanation for Knoppix users as to how to use either via Knoppix. There are for Ubuntu and some other distro, but when I tried it it didn’t work. And just before typing up this update was sad to discover there is no explanation as to how to get rid of the military time, which is wrong on top of it.
So, for now, I have decided Knoppix is the winner, even though its developer is a jerk and has a time problem. I’ve talked with him, and he seems to be a narcissist from what little he said to me. The time problem is obvious a big problem, but it’s become a bigger problem as I’ve noticed I can’t log in to certain websites if the time on my computer is off (talk about dumb), for example wordpress and a certain domain name site. I decided to mess around with Linux more before going back to Windows, so paid for two new thumbdrives to make a permanent install of Knoppix.
Update 4:09 AM: So now I am using what I hope is a USB persistant version of Knoppix, and I tried the package manager again, and it still shows everything as checked off. I know it’s not simply a list of what is already installed, because it claims rtorrent is installed, but it’s clearly not. Knoppix sucks.
Update a few mins later: From the instructions of an obsolete instructional on how to make Knoppix persistant, I tried again on a second USB stick, and it too shows everything is installed in Synaptic, so then I tried adding repositories and it showed it was updating whatever and downloading whatever, and it all looks like translation crap. Knoppix sucks.
Update a few mins later: Apparently adding these additional repositories, for whatever reason, “fixed” the package manager so that now I can install things. Yay, too bad by the time I found out I know must spend hundreds of dollars for data recovery. Disgusted.
Update May 13, 4:35 PM: Not long after having said “Yay”, the Knoppix package manager broke when I tried to update it’s kernel from the package manager. Based on that and every problem I’ve mentioned here and the other unfixed ones others have listed, it’s clear that Linux is not good to use as a desktop OS and is in unreliable for productivity. It takes more time dealing with the problems it has than doing useful work.
I’ve decided that because there are so many problems with Linux and its fragmented community, who can’t “get it together”, that it’s not an OS I will promote, in fact I hope to make it obsolete. It is truly a waste of time to use it unless you have no other good or convenient alternative. As other long-time Linux users and first-try users have said: you’ll spend more time trying to fix things and get around problems than being productive. Richard Stallman, another moronic Linux promotor, the guy who invented GNU, whatever that is, claims that Windows should not be used because there’s all kinds of malicious stuff on it, but he of course leaves out that many Linux users and promoters are malicious, ones hanging out at forums, and that Linux is filled with problems that can be so time-consuming and involved trying to solve that being worn out from it can lead to major security breaches and obviously being successfully assaulted and mugged by someone because the Linux user is so worn out it was easy to ovethrow him. Think about that.
Update 6/21/2014: So after using knoppix extensively, and finding it decent, about two weeks ago, one of my knoppix usb sticks COMPLETELY REVERTED out of the blue to its original setting, and big surprise, Mr. Knoppix couldn’t figure out why, and no suggestion as to how to get it back to normal has been easy to understand. The good thing was that suspecting a major setback would occur again, I hadn’t save much of anything important on it, MUCH, I said, ugh. So, once again, I must say, avoid Linux except as a last resort. And the one remaining USB stick I do have that works, a bizarre problem, and very annoying has been occurring for about a week in which my wifi suddenly stops over certain common actions I usually do, forcing me to physically disconnect my wifi and reinsert it, which doesn’t work most of the time, so i must switch USB ports, and that was working, for a while, till finally I had to come up with new switch tricks. Horrible.