Linux showstopper (long) Please help.
I really have tried to get a stable Linux. It works for *everything* except one problem dogging me for months.
Before anyone thinks I am not trying, I have searched, installed, tweaked, reinstalled on *two* laptops and failed to solve such a basic problem as posting to forums. Again I am using XP to post this!
I have been having this weird problem "posting" to forums from Ubuntu 8.1, 9.04, NetbookRemix, and now PCLinuxOS.
Not only on two machines, but with Firefox and Opera as well.
It seems to be a Linux issue. [Unable to post links until 15 posts - why?]
To recap From the links I couldn't post: -
I am in China.
VIsta and XP have no problems.
I read that IE is more forgiving on standards such as .php, but I use Firefox and Thunderbird and as much OpenSource software as I can even in windows.
I cannot post to any forums in Firefox without either a timeout, connection reset, or a request to "open newpost.php" or similar.
Opera allows posting, but not editing an original new post in Ubuntu.
In PCLinuxOS, Firefox does nothing, and Opera allowed a "Quote" reply, but not an edit of said reply.
In Firefox my wife's yahoo web-mail will not "connect through" to the chat client for online contacts from the mailbox page, yet yahoo webmail works.
In Firefox my wife's yahoo web-mail will not compose new messages or view the preview-pane.
These last two are not a problem in Opera.
This problem exists on Ubuntu 8.1, 9.04, 9.04 Netbook remix, and now PCLInuxOS 209.1.
Unless China is trying, with MS and Google, to cripple any Linux traffic as a business plan, I cannot for the life of me see why I can't just post to newsgroups.
Firefox failed to post on PcLinuxOS as well.
I used Opera and managed to post here:
Yet, on both laptops, Vista and XP allow everything - and I use Firefox and thunderbird on both!
What is causing the timeouts? What is wrong with Linux/FF/Opera.
My wife got angry today with the time I have spent on the machines. She likes Linux, but asked why I keep trying to get it working.
"Because it's better" I said. "No it's not." she replied. "We keep having to use windows."
Good point, well made.
I am not an expert, but I am not a novice either. Quite simply, though, I cannot use Linux. It just doesn't work for something I need every day.
It's crazy, because others report problems and, with no solutions to the search results I have looked at, I wonder if people just gave up?
The "I've been using xxx for xxx months/years without a problem" replies I sometimes see really do not help.
I'm prepared to log, look, install. Quite frankly, though, I seem to be flogging a dead horse?
Is there something going on with China/Linux? The Opera forums are closed by the firewall! (They must be political activists or something :eek: )
Can anyone shine a light? I do want it to work. I dislike Windows for many reasons.
Sorry for the long post, but I have spent many, many hours trying to resolve this and tried various Linux Distros.