I'm here for a pep talk. Lately I've been fighting the urge to give in to the "Man" and return to WinDoze. I seem to be fighting a losing battle to get all of my stuff to work and to interact with the rest of the world.
I running an Asus M6000N based laptop with a Mobility Radeon 9600 graphics card, an IPW2200 wireless radio set, and a Pentium M (1700MHz) with 1 Gb of RAM and a 60 Gb hard drive.
First issue: wireless networking. Running Fedora 5. Network manager is a joke. I'd like it to work but it doesn't log into my WPA network. So I do it manually. However, even with WPA up and connected to my AP prior to networking starting, it fails to connect. So I have to connect manually. A pain in the a$$. It works but not smoothly. If someone knows how to contact the developers of NetworkManger I'd like to work with them to fix my system and to help test things as they come out...
Second issue: interacting with the rest of the world. Open Office 2.0 doesn't write files that my coworkers and costudents can open. The translation to, gasp, WORD fails. The unfortunate facts are that Word owns word processing in the corporate world, in the scholastic world, and the United States Govenment. Seeing as these are the people I need to interact with I need a better solution to move files around.
Interacting with rest of the world continued... I would like to play video from CNN. I have downloaded and installed plugins that claim to resolve this with no luck.
Enough rant for now. I really, really, don't like WinDoze. Perhaps I don't like the fact that their programmers try to think for me rather than just provide tools for my use. I am enjoying open source for games and programming tools, etc. I really want to make Linux work for me as my daily use system. I've been at this for about a year now but I seem to be reaching an edge and am fighting to say true to the Penguin.
Does anybody have any ideas how to reduce my stress about Fedora so it just works....?