I manged to get the Windows 2000 working fine, and installed some programs (Open Office 2.0, Gaim, Gimp, Pinnacle Studio, Firefox, etc.) to make my base-line system mostly operational. So I turned my attention to figuring out what I need.
Ultimately, I need to have the system be able to do what I need and the first step is to determine what it is I need it to do!
I have come to the realization that my biggest culprit in making the system unstable, bloated and otherwise troublesome is .. me. So I need to stay focused on what the users will use it for. This includes:
- CD/DVD Burning (CD-RW/DVD+R drive)
- Web Browser (currently using Firefox)
- Email Client (currently using Thunderbird)
- Instant Messenger
- Office (esp. Word Processor)
- Desktop Publisher
- Image Editor
- DV Editing
- Video Player
- Picture Album
- (MP3) Music Player
- Web site manager
My other concerns include what the users will not see; patches and keeping the system up-to-date. I also want to make sure I can easily install programs in the future without destabalizing the system or screwing anything up! This can be narrowed down to package managing system (Yast, up2date, APT-GET, Portage, Yum, etc.). This piece, though, is more specific to the distro.
In the past couple of months I took the opportunity to install and try out 2 distros noted for their hardware detection; SuSE and Ubuntu. After the problems I've had before with getting the printer, scanner, scroll mouse and sound working (especially all at the same time) I liked the idea of having the system do that for me.
That, though, should be my next post.