With a little help from my boss I’m now up and running under SUSE Linux 10.1 here at work. Or at least mostly up and running. I’ve still haven’t figured out how to get the Evolution email client to talk to the company’s Exchange server—for some reason it insists on using Outlook Web Access to do it and even though I have the URL programmed properly it refuses to work once the actual client launches—but I’m still able to function under Linux thanks to the aforementioned OWA for email access. All I really need when I’m at my desk is email and a good web browser to access the web based ticket system we use. Our Exchange servers aren’t very big, though, so I’m going to need to get the client working sooner rather than later or my inbox is going to fill up really quickly.
So far it’s not all that different from using Windows other than the default font size is rather tiny. I’m currently working with Gnome desktop, but I’m thinking I’m going to switch to KDE sometime soon if I can manage to work out how to do that. Pulling up the package manager presents you with a bewildering array of options that only diminishes somewhat when you tell it to limit the display to just stuff related to KDE. Just figuring out where to start is going to be a challenge.
Boss just suggested that I drop Evolution and go with Thunderbird for my email client even though it means giving up the Calendar for the moment. I’ll probably do that seeing as I’m very familiar with Thunderbird. It’s not like I get that many appointments anyway.
If nothing else this will probably be something I’ll blog about on occasion as I start to become more familiar with it and develop some love/hates. Any suggestions you veterans have for applications that you can’t live without I’d love to hear about them.