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profiPhotos – Linux, Windows XP and Composition Rules

Posted by profiphotos on July 20, 2008

If anyone has been following my posts here you’ll notice I haven’t written anything in a while.  Simple explanation – my hard drive on the main server here at profiPhotos gave up the ghost last week.  Naturally, not all is lost (yes, I do make backups) but as anyone who has had the same kind of thing happen to them, knows, it is a time consuming effort to rebuild your system the way it was.

I decided that since I need to install Windows XP again, I might as well spruce up the old system with some more storage space and setup a multi-boot manager as well. I’m not going into a lot of technical details but when I decided I wanted to boot XP from from my faster SATA disks, I had no idea what was in store for me.  From the get go, Windows XP is not able to recognize these drives at installation time.  The only way to install the drivers that shipped with the SATA controller is to make an install diskette!  Now who in their right mind uses diskettes anymore today?  Well, I had no choice, install a floppy drive in my system or forget booting from a high speed SATA disk.  After borrowing a floppy drive from a coworker, I was on my long and arduous task of rebuilding my system.

openSUSE Version 11.0 As part of the process, I decided to install the latest version of Linux (SUSE 11.0) on one of the new hard disks.  It is in fact from within Linux that I am writing this article.  I had thought that after many YEARS of not having much to do with UNIX or the like, I was in for a treat with this latest version of LINUX.  I am happy to report I was pleasantly surprised and horribly disappointed at the same time.  Yes, Linux has grown up and yes Linux is still best left to the command-line lovers out there.  I, for one, am more interested in using my computer rather than having to search over the Net for software when I’d like to simply watch a DVD on my Linux system. Linux has a lot of really nice features and is very stable, albeit the new KDE 4.0 has many bugs in it (although the crash window is really pretty).  As an example, when was the last time you tried adding a floppy drive to Linux after installing in a system that originally didn’t have one.  It’s not fun.  Believe me Linux is not for the layman who is looking for an alternative to using Windows or a MAC.  I have been doing the most rudimentary tasks in Linux (like accessing my XP drives) and have spent literally hours trying to figure stuff out.  You have almost no choice but to visit the Linux forums if you want to get a simple answer on how to do things because with the online Linux help system you’ll never get a proper answer to your search keywords.  OK, I don’t want to bash Linux, this is just an opinion from one guy who has many years of UNIX experience under his belt – Linux is not an Operating System for the casual computer user!!

Anyway, getting back on track, I am now preparing my next article for the profiPhotos main site where we will take a look at what makes a good photo.  Yup, this will be another multi-part series focusing on some basic composition concepts.  I also plan to introduce a workshop to accompany each article where interested readers can review a photo assignment (part of the article), go out and take photos and upload them to the site.  I will be posting submitted photos in a special gallery dedicated to our reader’s photographic efforts.  With that said, I’m off to finishing the server UPGRADES and will be posting the first article shortly.

Bye for now.


3 Responses to “profiPhotos – Linux, Windows XP and Composition Rules”

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