osViews: An Informed Rant About Desktop UNIXes
Jul 27, 2004, 23:30 (28 Talkback[s])
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"Yesterday I was reminded of why I hate UNIX-based desktop OSes.
I downloaded the latest Knoppix 'live CD,' which means you boot the
PC right off the CD without having to install anything to the hard
drive. It detected most of my hardware and booted right into the
desktop without any tinkering on my part. At least that was a good
improvement over my last Linux adventure two or three years ago.
Then I made the mistake of trying to actually use Knoppix. Since
the first thing I wanted to know was which hardware had been
successfully detected and which hadn't, I tried to find something
equivalent to 'Device Manager' in the KDE start menu. As it turns
out, nothing like that exists.
"There's a somewhat limited little KDE app you can run to get a
read-only view on the hardware. This would show what hardware
Knoppix sees on your computer, but the app isn't named anything
helpful. It's called KConfig (or something similar), rather than
having a helpful name like 'Device Manager.' Making matters worse
is the fact that its buried in a huge menu of other little
'KSomething' and 'KSomethingConfig' icons that have equally