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    Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Hey there Linux people =)

    I am completely and totally new the linux world, but I've been eyeing it for a while. I'm pretty computer literate (Built my own, Re-Installed Windows too many times to count), but I'm ready to branch out from that terrible OS. I am thouroughly sick of Windows and I think Ubuntu is what I want to try first. However, I do have a few questions that will probably make-or-break my conversation to Linux:

    Edit: More questions came up...I installed it on my portable...


    Flash (in Firefox) only seems to work about half of the time...And not well when it does. It comes up with this giant play symbol for everything and doesn't make any sense...Any ideas as to why?

    Where can I get the equivilant to Window's "Control Panel"? I'm trying to see if Ubuntu recognises my sound card...

    My sound card isn't working (lol)...Where can I go to tell Ubuntu to get my drivers? Is there some kind of auto-checker thing?
    Last edited by Time Glitch; October 17th, 2009 at 10:51 AM.

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    1. Does Ubuntu come bundled with drivers for video cards, sound cards and the like, or do we have to find our own from 3rd party sites?
    Most drivers come bundled with Linux.

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    2. Do Ubuntu and Wine get along well? Because I do game on my PC pretty often. I checked Wine's top apps list, and all my games are in the Platinum section, but I just want to make sure before I jump in.
    I don't use Wine so I don't know. But as Wine is a part of Ubuntu I guess it works.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    3. How hard is it to upgrade versions of Ubuntu? Does it require a complete format/re-install like Windows, or is it a simple upgrade?
    Usually a simple upgrade works fine.

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    4. I've heard of issues with some taken-for-granted apps that work with Windows such as Java, Flash, and Silverlight (I know this one doesn't work well, or at all). I really don't want to get a nasty surprise by going to Hulu or Youtube and having Ubuntu crash or something...Or have Youtube/Hulu not work at all.
    Java is no problem, Flash works but fullscreen is sometimes slow. I have no problems using Youtube, Hulu doesn't work for me as I'm not in the USA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    5. Does Ubuntu prefer NTFS or FAT-32, or does it even matter? Does Linux need it's own file formatting system?
    Linux uses its own file system, but can access FAT and NTFS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    6. In your personal opinion, should I wait for the latest version (I see there's one coming in like 13 days), or install the current version? Or perhaps even 8.10?
    I'd install 9.04 now (or 8.10 if you have an Intel graphics card, as 9.04 has some issues there) and update to 9.10 a few weeks after the release as in the first weeks after a release there are usually a lot of bugs discovered and fixed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    One of my primary methods of communication with friends and coleagues is through Skype. Does Ubuntu have issues running it through Wine?
    http://www.medibuntu.org/ has the Linux version of Skype packaged for Ubuntu.
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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Thanks for the answers! I'd assume if Youtube works, Hulu would work as well. It's all Flash.

    Medibuntu appeared to be a lot of gibberish to me...But that's what learning is for. Thanks a bunch for the link.

    Anyone else have anything to add, or is this guy right on?

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Hi & Welcome

    He's pretty much spot on.

    For noobies ...

    http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=326


    within that area ....

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1052065

    Welcome to Ubuntu. It will take a while for brain to adjust to a couple of facts...

    1) Ubuntu is free (as in completely free - not just free to download)
    2) Support is free (Questions, How-To-Do, etc) - on this site and many others


    The Gaming section is this way ----->> http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=93


    Oh, and by the way --- sit along for a few laughs along the way - we're not always serious

    http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=11

    Phill.
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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Back up your data, I won't yell, but it's always the first piece of advise that should be offered to someone.
    Now IMO dual boot or run ubuntu on a separate machine. This is because you will need to post questions when you break it. Breaking it is part of learning. Most of the time you don't need to reinstall to fix things, yeah microsoft, I'm looking at you...
    I always keep a windows install for games, & I don't use it for much else. The multimedia section has a tutorial for installing useful things from medibuntu, it's in the stickies.
    Welcome in & enjoy the ride.

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Quote Originally Posted by dagrump View Post
    Back up your data, I won't yell, but it's always the first piece of advise that should be offered to someone.
    Now IMO dual boot or run ubuntu on a separate machine. This is because you will need to post questions when you break it. Breaking it is part of learning. Most of the time you don't need to reinstall to fix things, yeah microsoft, I'm looking at you...
    I always keep a windows install for games, & I don't use it for much else. The multimedia section has a tutorial for installing useful things from medibuntu, it's in the stickies.
    Welcome in & enjoy the ride.
    well, I guess if we're getting all cuddly with this one & trying to stop them messing up ....

    To install ubuntu along side windoze....

    http://apcmag.com/howto_search.htm?q=Keyword&catid=198

    to back things up .....

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ghlight=backup

    To find tutorials and tips

    http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=100

    But, the O/P is going to mess up, as you say, that's part of learning.

    My advice ? - Keep the 'Live-CD' that you installed from protected - It will help save you from your first major mess up - And, don't worry - everyone on this forum has had one !!!

    Again, welcome to a completely different way of thinking

    Phill.

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    1. Does Ubuntu come bundled with drivers for video cards, sound cards and the like, or do we have to find our own from 3rd party sites?
    Linux comes with 99% of what you need already in the kernel. Most third party drives like nVidia and ATI drivers can be found in Ubuntu through the hardware drivers tools (which will download and install them for you!). Very rarely will you have to go and find a driver online and install it yourself. This is a great thing if you're coming from Windows!

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    2. Do Ubuntu and Wine get along well? Because I do game on my PC pretty often. I checked Wine's top apps list, and all my games are in the Platinum section, but I just want to make sure before I jump in.
    If you're a big gamer then dual boot and run your games in Windows. New games will work, new video cards will work, game updates are easier, etc. However, yes Wine does work with Ubuntu if you decide you want to try it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    3. How hard is it to upgrade versions of Ubuntu? Does it require a complete format/re-install like Windows, or is it a simple upgrade?
    Upgrading through apt-get works most of the time but if you have enough time a fresh install is usually the best way to go, especially for newer users since troubleshooting some upgrade problems can be pretty complicated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    4. I've heard of issues with some taken-for-granted apps that work with Windows such as Java, Flash, and Silverlight (I know this one doesn't work well, or at all). I really don't want to get a nasty surprise by going to Hulu or Youtube and having Ubuntu crash or something...Or have Youtube/Hulu not work at all.
    I've had pretty good luck with the 64-bit Flash 10 beta. Just drop the plugin from Adobe's site in ~/mozilla/plugins folder (~/ means your home directory).

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    5. Does Ubuntu prefer NTFS or FAT-32, or does it even matter? Does Linux need it's own file formatting system?
    Linux uses ext3 or ext4 most often for boot drives but has support for FAT and experimental NTFS support (that works pretty good). Probably best to use ext3 or ext4 where possible. There's ext3 installable file systems for Windows if you want to access a Linux disk from Windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    6. In your personal opinion, should I wait for the latest version (I see there's one coming in like 13 days), or install the current version? Or perhaps even 8.10?
    Install 9.04 now and see how you like it. If nothing else its practice so you can install 9.10 easier since it won't be your first time. There's also many bugs worked out for 9.04, you might run into more bugs with 9.10 with a fresh release (typical).

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Glitch View Post
    This last question is rather specific, and should probably be asked AFTER I install and get things working, but I'd like to know anyway...

    One of my primary methods of communication with friends and coleagues is through Skype. Does Ubuntu have issues running it through Wine?
    There's a native client for Linux on the official Skype site. I use it on my laptop pretty often. Setting up a webcam if you have one might be a chore (depending on model) but other than that you'll feel right at home with it.

    Sorry if I repeated what others have said. Good luck with it!

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    If I can piggy back on one of his questions, I'm not really a big gamer but my wife loves her Sims games. That's something Wine should be fine for right? I don't need to bother with a dual boot just for that, do I?

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Hi there

    You don't have to dual boot windows and linux if you are running the latest wine You can run sims 3 no problem... Here is the link that will let you know what games wine recommends to play on ubuntu and linux http://appdb.winehq.org/ hope it helps

    i hope i was any help to you

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    Re: Questions from a COMPLETE Linux Newb

    Ok wow.

    I installed it on my portable hard drive just a few hours ago, and I am CONFUSED.

    Don't get me wrong, I think I'll enjoy using it...It just is really different. I have a "few" questions:

    Flash (in Firefox) only seems to work about half of the time...And not well when it does. It comes up with this giant play symbol for everything and doesn't make any sense...Any ideas as to why?

    Where can I get the equivilant to Window's "Control Panel"? I'm trying to see if Ubuntu recognises my sound card...

    My sound card isn't working (lol)...Where can I go to tell Ubuntu to get my drivers? Is there some kind of auto-checker thing?


    I'm gonna give Flash one more go...If that doesn't work I'm heading off to sleep. Need rest.

    Thanks in advance for the help =P.

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