It's been about two months since I decided to try linux, Ive bought two books, totalling about $90, I've bought half a doz magazines, another $60 or more. To date I have not successfully installed more than two programs. One is a firewall (and I'm not connected to the internet with linux) the other is a html editor (and a piece of rubbish). The rest have dependencies which I cannot find. A couple have more than one rpm, the first installs ok, the second may not install due to depenencies, so I try to uninstall the first and it tells me in isnt installed. So I try to install it again and it tells me it is already installed. I try a "rpm -qa -last" which tells me that NOTHING has been installed since the initial install date.(rubbish). But, tonight it hit me what I was doing wrong, the answer is Sooo simple, get rid of this loser of an OS and go back to windows, for all its faults, it works most of the time. :-(
Linux may well be a good OS in the server scene, but it is not going to touch windows on the desktop until you can install and run like you CAN in windows.
It really amazes me that so many people can run windows down while offering a replacement that you can't add programs to. If what you want is in the initial install your'e ok, but alsa doesnt come standard and won't install, xine doesn't come standard and won't install, mplayer doesn't come standard and won't install, ogle doesn't come standard and won't install, ardour doesn't come standard and won't install, I could keep going but as I said, windows works, why keep mucking with somethng that doesn't
:-( :-( :-(
ps, thank you to the people in this forum who took the time to try to help, however most of the replies were qualified with "I think this will work" but none of it has done any good in the long run.