Re: Adam 52 - Linux not easily fit for purpose
1) I have been unable to connect my laptop to my employer's wifi (Eduroam), because Mint will not accept the security certificate, claiming that I do not own the appropriate folder, even when logged in as an administrator. The University's Linux guru has been unable to sort out the problem, and so have several, usually reliable, online sources. I have now given up
This is an odd one I'd love to know more about. I've never heard of this but then have never tried to use WIFI at that level, only general household routers. I don't suppose you've tried "chown -R [your user name]:[your group (leave blank if preferred)] [folder in question] have you? (eg chown -R kiwi: /home/kiwi/certs or wherever such things are stored). That said, as always be careful playing with folder ownerships and permissions - a typo can cause a world of pain (same can happen in Windows!)
2) WINE works when it feels like it - not particularly helpful when ...
I use WINE for the likes of some games. Doesn't always work I admit, but then these games don't always work on Windows either. Have been playing a remake of Descent in recent days but currently have SOASER running in the background. Also played several of the CnC games (including Tib3 and Renegade) under WINE without an issue. As far as actual productivity software goes, have only ever installed MS Office (03, 07 and 10) and Photoshop Elements under it to show it can be done. And TeamViewer uses it for the Linux client. Never a problem.
(Just a minute, one of my capital ships is in trouble, just gonna check on it)...(S'allright, level 10 Akkan still got plenty of hitpoints)
3) ... Libre Office reformats everything that was previously made in MS Office, and then MS Office reformats everything again
Try using different versions of MS office, you'll often find the same thing. Tried getting MS office to open a very large presentation? Thought not. (Ok, not tried since 2010 - the disaster that was Office doing presentations was so bad I wouldn't bother again).
4) Oh, and don't suggest VM - VirtualBox is as bad as WINE for deciding not to work.
I use VB just about daily, with a number of different OS's from Dos 5.something to WinX recently (only for some testing stuff, have then removed the 8 and X versions since I don't really need them any more). Never had a problem with it, and I often push it quite hard. But there's also VMware and a few others, all seem to be OK. I think even modern Fedora or Ubuntu distributions have something pretty nifty and quick and easy to get going built in these days.
Maybe I or someone else can help with the issues you're having? Doubt I could though because I've had to do very little to "fix" VB for some years.
5) Oh, and installing software is a bigger job than it needs to be - okay, perhaps Windows is too easy, but the Linux route is a pisser.
Getting something out of a centrally managed repository with a nice GUI manager/search tool, and a few clicks, knowing it will install everything you need once you click that final "install" button, is in your view harder than going to Google, searching for whatever you want, going to some hopefully not drive-by infected web page, downloading something hopefully not malware ridden, trying to install it, finding it installs a bunch of other stuff you never really wanted (malware stuff I mean, not dependencies), hoping your AV actually catches it this time and cleans stuff, reinstalling your corrupted OS, realising you forgot to save out some data you really wanted to keep and now it's lost forever, realising the stuff you did save is infected so your new OS is already compromised.... ? Can you tell me what weird concoction of drugs you're taking so I know what to avoid?
I really don't have the time to mess about finding the nearest thing to do something easy in Windows (let's say, rotating a video 180 degrees), find out there is nothing that actually does the job,
2 minutes ago I'd never given the need for this a thought. Open video in VLC, have a look for what might be an option, - right-click and a quick squiz at the video options. Nothing there. Ok, try the Tools menu. Hmm, "Effects and Filters", have a look there. Hmm, "Video Effects", might be worth a gander. Nope, nothing there. Oh wait, how about under "Geometry". Oh look , "Rotate" with a dial so you can rotate the video to pretty much any of 360deg. Of course, may not be what you want since it was plainly obvious, in one of a couple of places you'd expect to find such a thing, labelled in plain English. (and yes, I wrote this part of my reply first, so the 2 minutes holds :) )
then try some command-line technique that may (or not) work, but which takes an entire evening.
Why would you use CLI for video editing? I admit I have done very little video work, but still CLI seems a bit odd for that?