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Screw Linux, back to Windows.

Ubuntu is pretty and all, but it can be so frustrating to try to fix when something is wrong. I spent about 3 hours trying to get it to connect to a share on my server (it kept claiming a bad password), and my poking at it eventually made the Ubuntu shares disappear from the server as well.

I remembered I had a spare copy of XP, so I just said, screw it!

Let's see, to mount a drive in Linux, you have to type in a bunch of totally cryptic commands then edit the fstab file if you want it to mount at startup. To mount a drive in XP, you just plug it in. If you change the video card, X crashes when you boot. If you swap cards in Windows, it justs defaults to mimimum settings and asks for new drivers.

Linux still needs a LOT of work before it'll ever replace Windows. This is the 21st Century, you'd think everything would be plug & play and GUI by now....

I think I'm also going to wipe the weather station machine and install 2000 on it. While it's possible to make 98 relatively stable if you don't push it too hard, this weather station apparently is too much for it. I'll need to see just how far I can strip 2000 down, since it really only needs the serial port and basic networking.


Sep. 23rd, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
Just went through this whole discussion with another friend. Sure, maybe Linux is not for you. But what you are fighting here is philosophy. UNIX style systems have an entirely different philosophy than Windows, and both are quite justifiable on their own. Neither one is going to compare well to the other.

Windows XP has problems sharing with itself, when you come right down to it, especially with active directories. I have an XP workstation that is rejected by the server as "not a member of the workgroup" even though it is listed there on the server. I can't find any solution.

File sharing between Linux and Windows is through Samba, which isn't actually part of Linux but is a completely separate project that operates on multiple OS environments. You were probably dealing with a Samba issue, not a Linux issue. I don't know the current status of Samba with respect to XP servers and active directory, but if your Samba version was even a little bit out of date, that would explain the password issue. Microsoft sometimes seems deliberately to try to sabotage this sort of thing.

As for mounting file systems, you described the traditional UNIX approach, which does work on Linux. However, most distributions do have a GUI method as well. I do have to add that a substantial number of us prefer not to use GUI for everything, however. It never offers enough options or control. When it comes close, it is cumbersome to use, because the only way to set options where there are lots of them is by clicking dozens of little check boxes. In the time it takes to do that, I could have typed the command line ten times, with the option switches I wanted.