Re: Share with the community your Lucid Lynx install/upgrade experience
Installed Lucid 4 times so far, on 4 different machines, three of which were laptop computers. Two of the laptops have dual displays. None of the computers was more than 2.5 years old and two of the computers are dual-booting with WinXP. Oh, and three of them were upgrades from 9.10 Karmic via the update manager while the last computer was a direct fresh install after formatting the partition to ext4 file format. 64bit on three of the machines, 32bit on the other one.
I wouldn't go as far as to say that the installations/upgrades went flawlessly, but they involved less problems than I've encountered on many Windows machines in the past. A little quirkiness here and there with a simple fix that can usually be found pretty quickly online. Overall I'd rate Lucid Lynx a 9 out of 10 and my upgrade/install experience an easy 9 or even a 9.5
If you're gong to use Lucid, download the newest ISO image and don't use one from 3 or 4 weeks ago. Make sure the partition for it is formatted in ext4 which is the new file system that should be used by default. Make sure your CD drive is bootable and copy the ISO on a regular blank CD as opposed to a DVD disk. Don't forget to use ISO mastering software since most generic CD burning apps won't be able to burn an ISO image properly.
If you're a "die-hard gamer who's addicted" to Windows games only, you may want to reconsider using Ubuntu 10.04 (or any version of Ubuntu) since 3D chip manufacturers are still experiencing quite a few problems with Linux compatibility and 3D game engines. I don't use the term "addicted" lightly because I personally know some, and have noticed additional people online who are prevented from making a switch for that reason alone ... oh, no, what about my precious windows games that I can't live without ... ??? Well, there are close to 500 games available in the Ubuntu software Center and if you search google for Linux Games you'll find hundreds more, including many 3D shooters, RPG, and so on.
If gaming is not an issue, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid is an OS that I would recommend to absolutely anyone from child to senior citizen (my 75 year old mom is getting her Ubuntu soon too - she's been with Windows and MS Office for clsoe to 10 years now). Many people seem to forget that Windows had more than it's share of problems for many years, to include zillions of installation/driver/hardware issues. Ubuntu is no different, but in my opinion solutions to Ubuntu problems can be found much easier if you're willing to be a little patient, and if need be, roll up your shirtsleeves just a little. That's my 2 cents worth ...
PLEASE ... don't waste anyone's time (your own included) with foolish or utterly useless comments!