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January 15th, 2008, 11:10 PM
I've used Windows since before Windows (Gem!) and know it pretty much inside out for the things I use(d) it for. About a year ago I bought a juicy laptop with Vista on it and started having fun after a long time getting bored with XP. It was great, until it started to go to ****... After around 10 months Vista was acting like a geriatric o/s requiring a *few* reboots per day, each lasting 20 minutes from start to finish.
I took an image, reformatted and installed Ubuntu, fully expecting it to fail on 99% of my hardware and get zapped. But - to my astonishment - it worked with everything, pretty much, out the box - wireless & bluetooth included.
So... windows now not even running in virtualbox or similar, just a couple of legacy windows apps running via Wine (Excel - can't get Open Office s'sheet to print properly; and Navicat - can't find an open source alternative that's as good). Even my Microsoft Laser 6000 wireless kb worked out the box, and the Fujitsu SnapScan that took a year to get a Vista driver worked after 5 mins of Googling.
January 15th, 2008, 11:13 PM
That's good to hear. Welcome!
January 17th, 2008, 02:05 PM
Everybody seems to be surprised at how well Ubuntu works with new hardware :)
A lot of laptops have Intel chips for the wi-fi, and with Intel helping Open-Source, its been a major factor for a lot of people, it used to be terrible getting wireless in Linux :)
January 17th, 2008, 02:42 PM
Glad to read your story.
I suggest you try different spreadsheet applications. There are tons of alternatives - don't get the idea that OpenOffice is the only choice. Personally, I use Abiword and LyX for text, Gnumeric, Labplot and Gnuplot por data processing and plotting. Give them a go, and find the one that fits you the most.
Welcome to the free world!
January 17th, 2008, 02:54 PM
we ownz you now :lolflag:
just kidding, welcome to ubuntu. its funny you should say what you have about hardware support. most people (myself included at one stage) didnt like linux because of how much hardware was unsupported. it seemed like everything accept the most common devices were the only ones supported.
now it seems the opposite, since vista hit the scene. i mean, the simplest cheapest most generic bluetooth adapters (i got two seperate ones from different vendors) dont pick up in vista (they did in xp). iits funny cos naturally they work in windows. the only hardware that doesnt work in linux are from vendors that are too arragont....e.g. Lexmark. HP have made a consertive effort to make sure most of their hardware works on linux, whilst Lexmark reeally doesn't give a damn.
but even the more exotic hardware is starting to get some recognition in the linux world. for example, i would of never expected for my 3G modem to work in linux, or if it did, i thought it was going to be a mission. but yah, took me 5 mins to get it going.
point is whilst linux is making ground very quickly, microsoft have been going backwards. sure i liked vistas prettiness, pity half my hardware didn't work. hell, i dont mind if it didnt work out of the box, i'm used to tinkering. but the fact is that i searched high and dry for the damn bluetooth drivers, and the only one i could find was infected with virus. everywhere else i found hundreds of other people with the exact same problem and no solution.
point is, there is only one future for the world of computers, and that is open source with considerations for standardisation.
January 18th, 2008, 04:41 AM
You are not the only person with a Vista horror story.
Ive been using Ubuntu just about a year now. Ive installed some needed apps and used it for general computer use, including gaming. And so far it hasn't deteriorated at all. Ive done no maintenance and it runs just the same as it did once I got it set up.
No slow downs......no problems at all.
Good Luck and keep us posted on your progress.
You shouldn't have any virus or adaware problems either. A while back some web page tried to install a Trojan on my machine using a exe.........and it went no where. A alert popped up saying this type of file cannot be executed, on a windows machine it would of loaded in the background and probably caused a problems.
That trick didn't work with Ubuntu.....hahah
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