I’ve taken so many shots at getting linux to run properly on a system that it’s probably sad to even think about much. Now no one can really call themselves a computer geek without having used linux before. It’s like the initiation to the club. Seeing that I am in computer engineering after all, I wanted to get a decent idea of what I’m doing in linux. Since I have a lot more time over my co-op term, I decided it would be a prime opportunity to dabble in linux again. I once again hit my distro of choice (well, the only one I’ve found that doesn’t make me rip my hair out trying to get some piece of hardware to work) SuSE. They’ve released version 10.0 now and it does include quite a few improvements over what I remember SuSE being like (back at 9.2 I guess it was). Probably most importantly for a feldging linux-er, SuSE is a package based distro which means I can keep the compiling to a minimum, although I think it’s the console commands that really gives linux its non-userfriendly image. In fact, after adding a few repository, you can install much of anything you’ll ever want by just clicking a few buttons.
But one of the advantages of linux is its customizability. Of course one of the more popular themes for linux is the OS X style. I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for OS aesthetics so I found a guide on modifying the default KDE style for a more Aqua look. I’ve made some changes to it to better suit my needs, but you’ll see I’ve taken some ideas. 😉
So the mandatory before and after pictures:
Quite a change no? In any case, it’s still a very experimental option (the transparencies) and not very stable at all, so I’ve resorted to what you see in that last picture minus the transparencies. Quite a shame really, but the last time I tried this, I had system crashes so at least there’s been an improvement. I’ve been just about exclusively using SuSE these past few days now but I’ve yet to figure out how to watch my collection of AVIs… I’ll go digging for some third party codecs and whatnot.
So yeah, yeah, I’m sorry for not posting more, but I promise I will from now on. I’ve got a draft post still sitting there awaiting some spit and polish. It should be an enjoyable read once it’s done. It’s been awfully fun for me just thinking about it. (that sounded loserish…)