I’ve been playing with Fedora for a little over 10 days. And X combined with GNOME is no where near as fast as Windows XP is on my PIII 650 with 512MB RAM using an NVIDIA GeForce2. The GUI seems much snappier in Windows.
So I ventured to try and install Gentoo linux. I have to admit it is a very neat concept where you compile your customized version of Linux right on your hardware. It took me 3 days to get this up and running. But I couldn’t get KDE to run since I’m too lazy to investigate further. So after 3 days, Gentoo will be gone.
I’m not sure I will ever be happy. I want a Linux that has a GUI that is as fast as Windows and as easy to use. But with the crash and virus protection of Linux.
I started my J2EE project at home tonight and it’s taking a lot longer than I thought. Having worked with proprietary servers for the past three years has caused my J2EE skills to become extremely rusty. Ok who am I kidding, how about non-existent.
I installed the Lomboz v2.1.1 with Eclipse 3.0 and Tomcat 5.0.14 beta. Lomboz out of the box has support for many servers including JBoss, BEA Weblogic, and Tomcat. But it doesn’t have a server definition for Tomcat 5.0 yet. So I attempted to create one. I copied the 4.1.0 entry, renamed it 5.0 and changed the directory locations. After many attempts, I couldn’t get the start/stop feature to work from the Lomboz J2EE view. My Tomcat always has the little red exclamation icon..
I finally gave up and used the build.xml in the Lomboz projects to deploy/undeploy using the Ant plugin and the Sysdeo Tomcat plugin to start and stop Tomcat.
By the time I finally got this to work, it was 1:00 AM and I desperately needed to go to bed. Hopefully now that I have the setup usable, I can get a bit further with the code. If anyone has a better solution let me know.
JBoss has alleging that Apache Geromino has copied code from JBoss’ server read more.
I don’t think the open source movement needs this sort of problems. After many recent articles about the open source software being buggy, Linux not ready for the desktop, and now lawsuits within the ranks. This can only hurt the open source movement. It also helps Microsoft’s case about “closed source”. It’s hard to copy source that is not available.
I think one of the things that has made Windows more popular for corporate users than Linux is the availability of good development tools. I’d like to see an IDE to develop GNOME applications. If one exists please let me know.
Update:I guess there are some. Take a look at Anjuta
Fedora Core 1 Review with pictures of installation screens and more.
As much as I like Linux, there are still some things I find annoying. The default GNOME menu is ugly and cluttered. I applaud the distribution coming with so many applications giving a user choice, but sometimes choice is a bad thing.
And why isn’t there a Terminal icon in the GNOME Panel?
I’ve made the switch to Mozilla Firebird on both Windows and Linux. After using Netscape for many years, I made the switch to Mozilla. But I found that it has become bloated especially compared to the speed of Firebird.
If you haven’t tried Firebird give it a try.