After that mysterious problem that took down my computer some time ago, I was convinced to install anything but RedHat (RPM dependency hell being all too familiar to me on this particular machine). However, as I proceeded through several other operating systems, I found (quite to my dismay) that RedHat seems to be the only one that likes the combination of my video card, monitor, and mouse to be able to run X without a tremendous effort. Neither Debian (potato and woody), nor Free or OpenBSD would show me any love.
Being overloaded as it is with school work (genomics, thesis, and all the other odds and ends), I couldn't find time to determine quite why
none of the other OSes would give me a simple working X install, but alas, none would.
The one exception to this, though not involving X specifically, was the wonderful BeOS (yow - dano rocks on this box). This is such a beautiful (both technically and in interface) OS, that it pains me to think that such a work could go so amazingly under appreciated
... Unfortunately the
/dev/random driver needed to use ssh sporatically causes the input_server to hang. Oh well.
So it's back to my nemesis RedHat for the time being, because at this point, getting things done is probably more important than matters of taste.
It's very nice to be back on a functioning development box; And to be able to use MySQL, PostgreSQL and
Sybase (not to mention that super-neat SQLite
) all on one box (after developing under OSX for quite some time) is such a joy! So it is that work continues on the rewritten version 2 of BingoX
(after much pressuring from Wonko).
Right... now it's back to the Philosophy.
(on the playlist lately are Handbags and Gladrags
by Stereophonics, and the Amélie
soundtrack, of which I can't seem to get enough)