.....try again. And keep trying! Never ever give up. Have read a few stories on here of people trying Ubuntu and talking about going back to Windows.
Brand new Linux user here. Decided I was going to install Linux on my NEC laptop this weekend. Well it has taken me all weekend and numerous attempts but here we are. Running what appears to be a stable version of Ubuntu 8.04. Wasn't so convinced less than 48 hours ago. Downloaded the live CD and ran it alongside Windows XP for an hour or so. Decided I liked it so clicked the install button on the desktop. First attempt it got through most of the install before hanging (can't remember at what stage, not important anymore). Second attempt from a reboot of the live CD had the same result. Downloaded the alternate CD (got to love cable broadband). This time using the text based installer I got Ubuntu running. However soon after hooking onto the net this icon popped up showing me no less than 106 updates were available. Sweet lets download these! That stuffed the install. Brought the system down to its knees, everything took forever to open up (1.5 to 2 minutes to open Firefox and my wireless network connection was lost. Reinstalled the system, this time I didn't install the updates, and all was well until I visited a web page which requested I'd install Java. Installed Java from the pop-up window in Firefox. This resulted in the same scenario as before with the updates. Down to a crawl and no wireless connection anymore. Bugger! Maybe my laptop doesn't like Ubuntu. Downloaded Fedora 9 (all 3.3 gigs of it) and tried installing that. No luck, kept hanging during both the graphical and text based installs. Downloaded Yoper, same problems. Downloaded Kubuntu 7.10, more problems. By this time I was getting convinced that my laptop was just not suited to Linux. Back to Ubuntu 8.04 Alternate CD as at least I could get this running. This time though I did a bit of searching as to why installing Java would or could slow my system down. This let me to a site where I learned about software repositories and multiverse repositories. Downloaded this package from Ubuntu which had Java as well as other software and plug-ins for Firefox. Installed this using the terminal and following the instructions to the letter and voila, one working and stable Ubuntu operating system which seems to work flawlessly. I am stoked
Very happy now. Love the way the windows flex and "wobble" when you minimize / maximize them or drag them around the desktop. Very neat. Like the nice screensavers and like the different although familiar look (comparing it to XP). Like how you don't have to mount / unmount CD's anymore (had to in a Linux version I had seen several years ago). Looking forward to exploring and learning more about the system.
NEC Versa L1100 laptop, 1.8 Intel Centrino, 1 Gig RAM, built-in wireless / sound and video, 100Gb HD.