Not that I condone the sharp replies below, but I did find some
insensibilities in Kevan's replies.
To extend your own analogy.. If your saw wasn't working, wouldn't it be
a better idea to find out why it was the incorrect saw for the task,
/before/ blindly buying another that may not do the job either?
From what I've seen, Kevan seems to reject any offer of diagnosis with
a carpet 'I'm too busy' response. We all have our lives, but this is a
little backwards: blindly jumping from distro to distro, in the *hope*
that it will solve all your woes, must also be extremely time-consuming.
With a little help in identifying the problem, he may have an answer
sooner rather than later. It really isn't the fault of the distributions
if Linux doesn't 'just work' with every piece of hardware out there,
because we should all know just how difficult that can be.
So I can see Andrew's frustration, but there's a subtle way to approach
someone's methods and over-use of the caps lock/exclamation mark isn't it.
you're right I was venting frustration... I was wrong to do so
basically I just think that in order to make an old "tool" work (to
follow the analogy) you should research the right applications to run
it - an older kernel will always be available on the archive list and
you can't blame developers for wanting to keep their distributions
moving forward and in competition with alternatives - i'm sure you can
quote Linus on that as he remains involved in the kernel
the kernel isn't that hard to configure - and i'd have thought it
would be right up someone like kevan's street.. you select the
hardware you have, select what you want to include and bang - get it
running faster, more efficiently on older hardware etc etc
fedora is a cutting edge distribution and if kevan does not have the
tools to run it, it should be clear that the hardware is at fault - i
would suggest kevan would probably be better off running one
distribution which is highly configurable - as he never seems to be
happy with the result of any particular one... the time spent
configuring it to work and learning about the system would pay