Well I got some response to my rant. I’m surprised nobody said, “So do something about it.” That seems to be the usual open source thing to do (and not that bad a response either). It was looking like I’d have to pull out my RH6.2 cd’s and go back to 1999. However I have, at last, downloaded Knoppix. Wow, it actually works! This is seriously cool! The future suddenly doesn’t look so bad. Of course it did spoils things a little by not supporting my sounds card when I managed to get it working under RH and Debian with surprisingly little effort. Why is this distro so good when the others seem to have regressed so much?