Wow, I sound like xial
I had a brand new, fully patched win2k3 server machine sitting at the office. Fully patched. Every possible service pack.
Fully fucking patched.
It got some worm and flooded.
Fuck you Microsoft. You've been making OSes for what? 25 years now? And you still don't know the fucking rules of "don't run a listening process if you ain't got cause to listen?"
I futzed with FreeBSD as a desktop OS. I'm dismally disappointed by it:
1) Their installer doesn't even *do* the X config anymore. You're dropped at a prompt and left to assume everything about the complexities of how X works. By the way, there's no automatic hardware detection for *shit*. You have to guess at EVERYTHING. I locked the machine up several times making assumptions about what chipset I thought my video "card" (it's onboard) used.
2) After everything, I got twm, the default window manager running. For those who don't really understand X, all you need to know is that the LAST program you run from your startup files is your "window manager". Meaning you end that process, and you're logged out. X still was under the impression that my desktop was about 30 pixels wider than my screen. All the basic everything (keyboard, mouse, video, monitor) is configured by either running an archaic-looking X-based utility (i.e. log out of everything else, and run JUST that) or editing a text file. And there's no NOTHING installed by default. It's like windows 3.1. No start button. No menus. Just one screen, and run what you like. The idea being hopefully, run something that makes it pretty.
3) www.enlightenment.org. They all look impressive. It's bullshit, at least under BSD.
4) fluxbox.sf.net. Better, but the font support was so fucking blurry it gave me a splitting headache. Literally unreadable to know that you can't in the default screen font know the difference between an "f" and an "l". And most of the screen fonts (supposedly truetype, mind you) had the lower pixel clipped.
5) I am using an LCD monitor. REFRESH RATES SHOULD NOT MATTER. THIS MONITOR HAS EXACTLY 1280 x 1024 pixels. Fucking USE THAT.
FreeBSD makes no bones about being a server OS -- it still bothers me that their ports system tries to build X as a dependency when I go to build ghostscript or something. (I have to set a makefile option -- this is nowhere NEAR the tangles web of RPM-annoyance that is Redhat, by the way).
So, I've booted into Knoppix.
By comparison, I'm in love. It found my (shit) sound "card" (again, onboard). And works. Plays internet playlists, and mp3s. (The music player redhat gives you will not, btw). Took all of ten minutes to scan the network and find the network printer. Was able to log into other machines via remote desktop. Resolution is crisp, clean, and responsive (ESPECIALLY considering I'm running a CD-based OS). Everything is easily configurable (and savable to a floppy, or a hard drive if you have one handy). About my only annoyance at the moment is that it includes Mozilla, rather than firefox -- although if I copy it off to a hard drive, I think that and stepmania may be the only things I need to install. Copy and paste work consistently between apps. It's all good.
I think I've found my new desktop OS. I almost wonder how this would run on my vaio.