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    Re: novice, non-programmers, read before install

    Quote Originally Posted by marcretired View Post
    hehehehehehe, starting to look like a union meeting up in here.
    Ah, ad hominem arguments. The refuge of the ill informed.

    I
    just went thru an unpleasant experience and thought I'd leave a message for other computer illiterates to read and think about before venturing into ubuntu land. the takeaway was, "first of all, before doing anything go here http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/
    if you don't see your computer on the list, forget ubuntu." good luck, happy computing.
    I've installed ubuntu/xubuntu/kubuntu on several machines. Only had any significant problems with one of them.

    That one, BTW, is an "acer aspire one" netbook. Which is one of the 'certified' machines on that list, which is clearly not exhaustive.

    It simply isn't true you need to be a programmer to configure ubuntu, though with some other linux distros you will want to have some skills.

    I will fully acknowledge you should be willing to look under the hood to install ubuntu. But that's not the same as needing programming skills, and the tech support on this forum is actually better than with many OS's that you pay for.

    I have one laptop which still has a windows 7 partition on it. It's feeling very neglected. I don't use windows unless there's something I need to do for which there isn't a linux solution. That hasn't been a problem for me. But I'll admit that if you need to do powerpoint presentations, or use photoshop, you'll still want a windows partition. But linux just works better, and it's the most secure OS anywhere.

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    Re: novice, non-programmers, read before install

    Quote Originally Posted by marcretired View Post
    I just went thru a week of trying to figure out what went wrong with Ubuntu.
    first of all, before doing anything go here http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/
    if you don't see your computer on the list, forget ubuntu. (if you bought a toshiba with win8 and don't like win8 do a google search for "Classic Shell', that's a safe, compatible little program that turns ugly win8 into win7, easy.)
    of the hundreds of messages I've scoured thru to find some info and pointers, this is one of my favorites--
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...8121540AAyaG0r
    it starts with, "I want to access to a wireless connection in a PC with linux (ubuntu 10.04). But I can't find any connection."
    Rickie answers with, "Weeks after weeks ppl keep asking this question. The answer is because you are using a free linux that mostly relies on opensource technology and insanely restrictive laws in the USA do not allow to integrate proprietary drivers in open source technology.
    Ubuntu is a cute little linux but a nightmare for ppl using wifi, forget about installing the drivers yourself unless you are a programmer".
    then Alessandro T gives a pointer to the Ubuntu Forums and some links for programmers like, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...er/Ndiswrapper
    good luck.
    Please don't spread FUD. If you're seeking support, post a request in the support areas of the forum.

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