Its been several months that I have been using Linux on my old home computer. I am using it for surfing the internet, reading emails, listening to online radio and playing 720p mkv.
Below is my installation flow for CentOS 6.3.
- Download and install CentOS 6.3 Desktop
- Update CentOS: yum update
- Add EPEL repo (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL)
- Add RPMForge repo (http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories/RPMForge)
- Install additional packages: yum install mplayer smplayer gconf-editor unrar
- Install Google Chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome)
- Install Skype (http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Skype)
- If there is an audio playback problem, install pulseaudio-libs.i686.
- Run gconf-editor and set /desktop/gnome/session/required_components/windowmanager to compiz-gtk
- Edit /usr/bin/compiz-gtk, change the compiz arguments to: exec compiz --loose-binding --ignore-desktop-hints gnomecompat ccp $@
Problems that I have encountered:
- I have accidentally corrupted my Linux partition because of a typo error in running mkntfs. Be very careful in running commands under root.
- I have to build and install proprietary drivers every time I updated Linux kernel.
- Linux Flash is slow.
- MTP is slow and unstable.
- Linux radeon driver does not support my ATI graphics card and proprietary driver is slow.