I first started using Linux back in the year 2001 when my computer crushed and for some random reason, Windows would not install back onto it. It was then that my sister installed Linux onto the PC and from that point on, it was I got used too. However, I would not say that I have not had problems with Linux but I have now learnt how to deal with most issues and I wouldn’t say that I don’t use any other operating system as one this laptop I have Mandriva Linux and Windows Vista Ultimate both installed.
Now, in the year 2003 I started using Windows XP again and it replaced Linux and I was happy with it (At least my South Park Game would work on XP, but sadly that wasn’t the case either) however about a year later, my Windows installation gets clogged down with viruses etc (I have had Firewalls, anti-viruses installed, set to highly levels and I still got infected) so I once again, decided to turn to Linux and in this deal, I turned to Mandrake Linux (Now Mandriva) which I still use up to today.
However, this did indeed bring two problems.
Now, the first problem, drivers, was the most worrying one as I didn’t want to fuck around hunting down drivers or making it work myself however all my drivers worked other then my Belkin Pre-N Card (Which works now). However, my Linux installation picked up an internal wireless that I didn’t knew I had so I wasn’t bothered just as long as I can get onto the internet.
The final issue was would my software work on Linux. The first software was OpenOffice.org but they had a Linux version of that. The next one was MSN, but I used AMSN on Windows and they had a Linux version. The next problem I had was my C&C series and with, many thanks, Wine I was able to run these games.
Now lately, I have been using Microsoft Office 2007 alot, and even Office 2007 is able to work on Linux and there are many steps by steps on how to get it to work.
As of two, three days ago, I was able to get South Park PC Game to work on Linux via Wine and even written a HowTo should it not work for you. I am also the maintainer of South Park PC Game on Wine, so if you have a problem do let me know.
So, do I reget moving over to Linux ?