<deinx nxtxr> wrote: >> Ubuntu has been pretty stable for me, although when I had a Dell >> Inspiron 1100 laptop I admit getting the X-windows drivers working >> took some work (worked out of the box on CentOS though). Right now >> my desktop and my current primary laptop (a Dell Mini-A9) are both >> Ubuntu. 9.04 was quite good, 9.10 which is on the desktop is >> somewhat iffier. > > I think you meant 8.04, which is what I have. I tried different > varieties of it (Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, both x86 and AMD64 versions) and > I just never was quite satisfied with the result, and never could get > it to install on my current box. I never even got to the point where > I could start working on getting it conlang ready. My MythTV machine > worked fine except for no decent driver for my tuner, and the wireless > was always cutting off spontaneously. It's sad that hardware vendors > don't pay more attention to the Linux section of the market by > creating reliable drivers. > No, I really mean 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). 8.04 was good too, but 9.04 added support for a number of things and made things more stable. I have 8.04 on the desktop at work, and the Dell Mini-A9 came with 8.04, but I rebuilt that with 9.04 and it's been very good. I upgraded the home desktop to 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and haven't been as happy, but from the news I've seen I'm hardly alone. > Believe it or not, I actually ran 2000 server up until about a year > and a half ago with hardly any trouble. 2003 never worked right > because some software detected "server" and refused to run. Don't now > why it didn't under W2k. I reluctantly went to XP when I bought new > hardware only because I could be sure of driver support. > I did notice that. Mainly when I wanted to use AVG Free as the anti-virus on the server (of course with the Linux boxes I don't have to worry about anti-virus like you do with Microsoft's stuff). ClamAV is okay on the W2K3 server, but does have a couple issues with false positives on Excel executables it seems. > I got off Outlook about a year ago. I don't need Exchange at home. > All my personal domains are hosted by GMail so I can use IMAP to get > to them. As a result I switched to Thunderbird (didn't care for > Evolution), and can say I'm reasonably happy with it, especially when > I noticed my UTF-8 e-mails were no longer being mutilated. Yeah, Evolution is awful. Thunderbird is my personal email client at this point, since I can use the same setup on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and sync the contacts, tasks, and calendar using SyncKolab. I do use my gmail account for a second (well, actually the primary) calendar, though.