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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    I find Linux easier to install than Windows. Both can be a pain in the rear, though.

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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Even counting the very first time I installed Linux, I've always found it a lot easier than installing Windows. A few days ago I set up a dual boot system for my brother (Ubuntu and XP), and it took me almost a full day just to find drivers that would work with his graphics card. Some parts (like SD card reader, fingerprint reader, and some other stuff) still don't work in Windows.

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    Re: How do I 'sell' ubuntu to Mac zealots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joeb454 View Post
    I think Ubuntu installs are much easier, you can carry on surfing the web while it installs, or chat to your friends...
    Agree with you
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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Most MODERN linux distros are easy to install. Ubuntu is by far far one of the easiest.

    However, that said, neither Windows nor MacOS X are difficult by any means.

    I believe I'd give the nod to Ubuntu on this one...

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    Exclamation Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by uberdonkey5
    there is no way ubuntu can be considered 'easy to install' compared to windows or macs. Just look at the installations problems on the ubuntu forums.
    Do yourself a favor and find a windoze and a mac support forum to take a look at......
    Last edited by glotz; January 10th, 2009 at 08:29 PM. Reason: English is difficult...

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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    As with all most all discussion comparing Linux/Windows and OS X, this is a highly unfair comparison.

    Think about it for a second. You comparing

    1) Installing OS X on Mac hardware, which is supported by OS X
    2) Installing Windows on PC hardware which is supported by the hardware manufacturers
    3) Installing Linux on PC hardware which is supported by 3rd party people without help from the hardware manufacturers, without access to any of the knowledge they need to properly create drivers.

    If you want to fairly compare them, grab some PC hardware which is has Linux drivers created by the original hardware manufacturers then tell me which is the easist.

    I've done all 3 and can tell you it's closer than most people think.
    OS X takes it by a nose, the DVD comes with all the drivers needed on it, the install is pleasing, simple and relatively quick.
    Ubuntu comes next, again simple and pleasing, added benefit of allowing you to use your computer while you're installing. But the install has got some options that I can imagine would confuse the average user.
    Windows comes last. The initial blue screen can be shocking on the average user (does Vista still have this? I know XP does), the hd partitioning screen is worse than Ubuntu and although the hardware is supported you find yourself having to dig out CD to find certain drivers that Windows update doesn't detect straight off and aren't on the CD.

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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Comparing installers is of no consequence. They are all getting better rapidly. Partitioning is and always will be an area where the user MUST have some kind of understanding of their system. How much easier can they possibly get ? I can't speak for Mac or vista but outside of partitioning, XP and Ubuntu are nothing installs.

    Hell, even gentoo and arch are easy if you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.

    Hey Namtabmai, this is not aimed at you just general.

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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Please windows XP on a fresh install is WAAAAAAY harder then Ubuntu, its crap and takes forever.
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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by namtabmai View Post
    as with all most all discussion comparing linux/windows and os x, this is a highly unfair comparison.

    Think about it for a second. You comparing

    1) installing os x on mac hardware, which is supported by os x
    2) installing windows on pc hardware which is supported by the hardware manufacturers
    3) installing linux on pc hardware which is supported by 3rd party people without help from the hardware manufacturers, without access to any of the knowledge they need to properly create drivers.

    If you want to fairly compare them, grab some pc hardware which is has linux drivers created by the original hardware manufacturers then tell me which is the easist.

    I've done all 3 and can tell you it's closer than most people think.
    Os x takes it by a nose, the dvd comes with all the drivers needed on it, the install is pleasing, simple and relatively quick.
    Ubuntu comes next, again simple and pleasing, added benefit of allowing you to use your computer while you're installing. But the install has got some options that i can imagine would confuse the average user.
    Windows comes last. The initial blue screen can be shocking on the average user (does vista still have this? I know xp does), the hd partitioning screen is worse than ubuntu and although the hardware is supported you find yourself having to dig out cd to find certain drivers that windows update doesn't detect straight off and aren't on the cd.
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    Re: Ubuntu more difficult to install than Windows or Mac

    Compared to an average install of XP, Ubuntu is really easy. After I install XP (which goes through several reboots and lots of questions scattered throughout), I have to flash drive over Everst home to find out what Ethernet I have. then flash drive over an Ethernet driver, download Firefox, get a graphics driver, use Everest home to find out what sound card I have, get that, etc. In Ubuntu: Next, next, next, wait 20 minutes, click restricted drivers, done. Vista is an improvement over XP though. Most Ethernet cards and many Wifi cards, as well as graphics and sound drivers, are included by default. Huge improvement, although it still has its own set of problems.
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