Adventures In Computing

April 20, 2008

eeePC Video With Compiz-Fusion

Last time when I left you I still had to figure out how to get my video working on the eeePC when with either the Metisse or Compiz-Fusion activated in the Mandriva 2008.1 operating system.  I am glad to say that after a bid of searching I figure it out thanks to the Compiz-Fusion forum and google.  I should really say that I got it working with Compiz-Fusion not Metisse yet.  After using it for a little while I turned of the 3D effects because it was slowing down the eeePC.  I’ll only use it to impress friends, family and people that I`ll try to convert to GNU/Linux from Windows.

I’ll never go back to Windows in its present form.  Next Month will mark two full years with a GNU/Linux operating system as my personal choice.  I’ve tried a few distribution, starting with openSUSE and at the moment using Ubuntu and Kubuntu and Mandriva.  I’ve tried Fedora, Elive, GoblniX, openGEU, linux mint and Foresight.  I even tried the Xandros on my eeePC.  I have tried a few BSD Unix distributions.  All these “alternative” operating systems are a lot more secure than Windows.  They are cheaper than Windows.  Almost every applications in Linux are free, well the ones I use are.  No anti virus to install.  Computers that are older than five years are still usable. With that said I can safely say that their is no way that I’ll return to Windows in its present form.

The main reason that a lot of people hate Windows Vista so much is that it is different from Windows XP and a lot of computer users do not want to learn how to do things differently.  They want to use the path with the least resistance.  This is also the major reason that GNU/Linux is still a marginal operating system.   It is great that eeePC comes with Linux.  Dell comes with Ubuntu pre-install.  I think that if Windows does come out with Windows 7 next year it will get a lot of people switching to Linux. 

The time is now to switch to a GNU/Linux operating system.  If you are on the fence trying to decide just go for it, and stick with it for a few months and you will be glad you did.  It does not matter which one you choose they are all fine distributions.  With the money you save by not buying software you can buy a Video Console for all your gaming needs.  This is the only shortfall Linux has in my opinion.  It is getting better but it is not there yet.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] eeePC Video With Compiz-Fusion […]

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  2. Great to here that you have your video working and that you like Linux as much as I do. You touched on a good point “lot of people hate Windows Vista so much is that it is different from Windows XP and a lot of computer users do not want to learn how to do things differently.”. This is the main reason why I first try to get them (I’ve converted my whole family to Linux (i.e theres not an windows application or windows installation in my house) doing this same thing) use to Open source software first (i.e Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc), then slowly introduce the OS it’s self.

    Comment by ZiggyFish — April 22, 2008 @ 6:18 am

  3. hear, hear! glad to hear of another positive experience.

    i changed to suse 8 in 2002 and have never looked back. to windows, that is. i changed to ubuntu breezy (even prior to suse being sold to novell and novell selling out to MS afterwards), and my hardware upgrade cycle has ceased since – moore’s law has arrived at my household at long last. previously any new version of windows from 3.1 to XP would eat up any increase in computing power – or even be progressively slower! I am still using my older computers from 2002 as servers or guest room terminal or media centres (no MS involved of course!), and the new ones i buy these days are FASTER than the old ones.

    linux brought the fun back into computing for me. vista is the last nail in the monopolist’s coffin.

    Try linux! be free

    Comment by Max Stirner — April 22, 2008 @ 9:37 pm


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