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    10.04 LTS vs 10.10 almost made me go back to Windows.

    Back in July I bought an Acer Aspire ONE KAV60 with Xubuntu installed on it. I used to run Linux a long time ago but had not messed with it for a couple of years and I was surprised to find out how much more "user friendly" Linux had gotten (With Ubuntu anyways). There are more and more GUI programs/processes now days which makes everything easier to do, however there are a couple of things that I have found in the last few months running Linux only on my little netbook.

    When I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid and installed it from the Xubuntu, I was quite satisfied with the general desktop setup and ease of the operating system. I loved it, it was like going from OS/2 to Win95 all over again! (I'm not that old, I just started young).

    Here recently, I ran into a little problem with 10.04 and had to re-format, but when I went to re-download it the new 10.10 was available instead. I threw it on a flash drive and installed it on my netbook only to have "problem after problem" upon installation and had downloaded and installed 10.04 from the archives in a matter of a few hours after messing with 10.10.

    There were plus sides and down sides to both right off the bat. I am a nerd I suppose and I have started to play a game called Runescape. After installing 10.10, I opened up Runescape and was able to use the "Re-sizable" screen option! That's an amazing option with Runescape on a netbook. I then opened up my favorite and most used program suite called aircrack-ng. I had the apparently infamous problem titled "fixed channel mon0: -1" and was completely unable to get it working (even after reading the SOLVED article on here.) I spent probably 2 hours trying to figure out that problem and was unable to do so. I cannot be without the aircrack-ng suite so I decided to revert back as I fore mentioned.

    Upon reverting back to Lucid LTS from the archives, I was happy with the smoothness of how it runs on my netbook compared to 10.10, but as soon as I logged onto that damn game Runescape, I was on a mission to figure out how to correct the "fixed channel mon0: -1" issue on 10.10 so I could have the re-sizable screen option again.

    I finally figured out that I needed (from a fresh install on 10.10) to do apt-get install patch and apt-get install gcc before I could complete the steps of the SOLVED issue guide. This was never mentioned and it made me realize I still need to know what I'm doing if I'm going to run Linux and then maybe I won't have all these issues.

    Out of all this, I have a couple of questions and would like to learn more about Linux so I do not have these problems in the future. Here are a couple of questions I would like to mention first:

    What is gcc? I had all that trouble just because I didn't know to install gcc to do the tutorial.

    I believe the re-sizable screen option is available for me in 10.10 and not 10.04 because of Java. I did not have to install Java in 10.10 at all, I just opened up Runescape "out of the box". In 10.04, I use Sun Java with the apt-get command in Terminal. Does anybody have any information to confirm or deny this?

    Once I got aircrack-ng working in 10.10, I was surprised to find out that it is amazingly fast compared to 10.04. I believe this has to do with drivers. I was able to use aircrack-ng (after install) "out of the box" with 10.04 so I did not download the "compat wireless" drivers that had to be used in 10.10 to get it to work.

    If I were to revert back to Ubuntu 10.04 (I much prefer Lucid for my netbook, runs much better), would I theoretically be able to download a different Java and use the re-sizable option on Runescape? Would I also be able to use the "compat wireless" drivers in 10.04 to make aircrack-ng send and receive arp's and ack's so much quicker?

    Last but not least, I would like some sources if possible to better learn Linux from. I mean Terminal type Linux, I do appreciate (as I said earlier) the new GUIs that are available now and I didn't have before, but I still feel the need to know my way around the system and I just don't have that knowledge. Any help on this one would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: 10.04 LTS vs 10.10 almost made me go back to Windows.

    gcc is the GNU compiler collection which is used for compiling a variety of programs in C.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Compiler_Collection

    Java is installed by default on 10.10 (it is on my system and I have not manually installed it)

    as for aircrack, I would imagine that the major issue for the install is getting the right repository for the newest version which is available in 10.10

    If you wish to learn Linux a bit more thoroughly I would recommend running Slackware or Sabayon (which is Gentoo based) under virtualbox-ose which allows you to do pretty much anything to either of them inside the virtual machine with no danger whatsoever.

    linux commands:
    http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/cmd/

    keyboard shortcuts for the terminal
    http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml

    alternatively, try out the man command to list the manual text for each command of interest. it shows the use and flags of each command as well as a short desription for what each does.

    eg.man has its own manual page so the command "man man" has the command man bring up its own manual page.

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    Re: 10.04 LTS vs 10.10 almost made me go back to Windows.

    Thanks for your quick descriptive reply Yuki! You went the extra mile with giving resources for commands in terminal and keyboard shortcuts too and I definitely appreciate that.

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    Re: 10.04 LTS vs 10.10 almost made me go back to Windows.

    What are you using to play Runescape? I can't seem to figure out how to play it on my computer. I'm using 10.10 x64.

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