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RE: [SLE] Frustrated with Linux
- From: "Jeff Filapose" <linuxman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 23:26:23 -0400
- Message-id: <KAEAKKJJKFAFCJACLJAEGEIOCAAA.linuxman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Steven Hatfield [mailto:ashari@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 10:35 PM
To: Jerry Van Brimmer
Cc: SuSE Mailing List
Subject: Re: [SLE] Frustrated with Linux
I know exactly how you feel! I've felt the same way for a whole week now..
but let me tell you a story.
About 8 days ago, I shelled out $450 for 2 things:
1 Belkin PCI FireWire Card
and 1 Yamaha 16/10/40 External FireWire CDRW drive
Why this card/drive? Don't ask, it's complicated.
Anyways, I was determined to get it to work on my SuSE 7.1 box. I compiled
the ieee1394 (FireWire) stuff into modules and started working with it. That
lasted all of about 15 seconds. Nothing worked. Box locked up when I did
simple things like insmod the modules.
Boy was I frustrated. Sound familiar?
Well, I decided that hey.. this is Linux, and Linux users don't get
frustrated, they get involved!
So I joined the Linux1394 FireWire Mailing list located on or around the
(this is from my bookmarks ;-)
and started sending out feeler emails.. trying to see if I could get some
Over the next 3 days, I didn't receive much of anything, just a "try this"
and a "try that".. it seemed like it was going very slowly, and I became
Then today, I received an email asking me how I was doing with it. I replied
back "not too good" and then the best thing happened.. a conversation via
email ... back and forth .. try this .. didn't work... try that... didn't
work, but this happened and it's not longer doing this or that.. ok, good,
now try this.
Within a couple of hours, I had a fully working Yamaha CDRW drive! The first
one that they have seen working, might I add.
Now I can go about my business as an end user and know that not only did I
contribute to the process, but that the process contributed to me.
On no other operating system can you get this level of support. Not for
and most likely not for any price.
UDF? It'll happen. Especially if you get involved.
Have a great night.
That's Great! I love to hear stories about that kind of stuff.
I work for an automotive company and I have windows machine's everywhere!
The only thing running unix, witch I'm not able to do anything with is are
server running the reynolds & reynolds system. (anybody know any good hacks
I got my DSL up and running at home for linux by looking around for info
on the newsgroups and the email lists. There's a lot of help out there
just keep looking.
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