today I've been trying out Linux for the first time.
I consider myself as an experienced computer (I know this term is relative^) user and managed to get through installation (12.10) without any problems.
After my first boot I was kinda shocked. I thought Ubuntu was a noncommercial OS - but in my Launcher or however it is called I found an "Amazon" Button. Also I get suggested Applications that I have to pay for in the Ubuntu Software Center.
The first thing I did was uninstalling Ubuntu One and this Ubuntu Music Store (forgot how it's called). It's kinda funny. I know Windows is the real commercial OS, but from the lookings I'd describe Ubuntu as commercial.
I still have got some Ubuntu One stuff in my context menu. How can I finally remove it? And how can I disable paid apps (and just those) in the Ubuntu Software Center? Is there any other kind of application integrated that I could spend money on and that therefore should be removed?
Another problem I have is driver related I guess. My System is much louder under Ubuntu than in Windows. I think it's because there is no proper graphic cards driver installed and my GPU fan is running at a higher speed than it needs to. - It could also be the CPU fan of course. How do I get my PC as quiet as it runs in Windows?
In System Setting > Details it shows no information on the installed graphic cards driver. It seems it didn't install one even tho I was connected to the internet when installing Ubuntu from the live system.
I tried manually downloading the latest catalyst (12.10). I got a .run file which I need to compile in a .deb file, as google told me. However, the instruction I found were for older versions of Ubuntu and did not work for me. Can anyone link me to a detailed instruction? That would be very appreciated.
Sadly my PC crashed two times in like 4 hours of running linux and I had to reset it manually. Also, an app named "compiz" crashed several times. Could it be related to a missing graphic cards driver?
Nevertheless I'm still interested in learning Linux and I know that I will need a lot more patience. My goal is to be able to setup my own Arch linux at some day (far away) in the future.
Did I make the right choice to start with Ubuntu? Are my expectations too high? Any advice is welcome.
edit: Also I'd appreciate if you could hint me some good beginner guides. The ones I have found didn't seem to be too good. I'm just scratching at the surface right now.