Posted by: Anonymous
on June 29, 2008 07:18 AM
I know that I am new at linux. I have tried three distros. Right now, I am using Ubuntu 8.4 and I would like to say that I love it as much as the rest of the people commenting here, but I don't I have had tons of success getting Windows to do what I want, but it has taken me several hours getting something as simple as my digital audio to work. It's onboard, and I can even get drivers from the manufacturer, but I had to go to several websites to see what worked for others before mine worked.
I have four hdd's in my system and while trying to use the install disk, I wiped out my main installation of windows, and eventually had to unplug all but the one drive just to get ubuntu to boot on my machine. I'm still not sure what I did wrong, but I know that if I was installing windows, I wouldn't have lost anything, it is just plain simple with windows.
I am still trying to get my wireless card to work completely. I finally got the drivers installed this evening.
It's not that I don't like linux, honestly, I think it is kind of fun to learn how to use new software and not be just a hater of other software despite the fact that I have never used it, but I agree with the original article as well as a lot of the posts that I read while skimming through them, if Ubuntu, or any linux distro wants to be a mainstream operating system, it needs to continue to improve on it's user friendlyness, documentation, and it's ability to adapt to any hardware configuration imaginable.
I'm not using off-the-wall, state of the art, or older than dirt hardware. It might not be as mainstream as everyone else, but for the most part I would be able to go and purchase any part of my computer from a local computer retailer and I think that an OS should just work with what is out there.
That being said, I have enjoyed setting up my computer with a linux OS, and I think, especially after the effort put in, I will continue to use Ubuntu for a little while, at least while I don't have a working Windows OS to boot into.