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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on June 30, 2008 05:46 PM
While I symapathise with the evangelists, I also know of another thread that talks about not encouraging bad behaviour, of the "answer me or I'm uninstalling Linux" variety.

Nobody ever reads documentation for a start, and Linux/UNIX does have documentation, it's called Man pages. There is also the Linux Documantation Project for those interested in that sort of thing.

Personally I think that the ubuntu forums are great, they encourage people to get involved, to experiment, Linux of any shade or flavour is not something for noobs, it does require you to get your hands dirty, and while it's important that the initial install is smooth, given it's very nature, (a hacker's OS) it's never going to be flawless.

Most of the problems are related to poor drivers, often for cutting edge kit, but this is always going to be the case given that drivers often have to be reverse engineered.

That said, I do feel your pain vis Xorg. Even hardy is a pain. Works fine if you connect up the system using the cable that came with it. Switch to a different longer cable, (so I can hide the box away out of sight) and the display revers to 600x800. I then spend a good few hours swearing at the system and arguing with xorg.conf because the native resolution is 1440x900. Not nearly as tough as having to hack a modeline from scratch to get the Xserver up at all with Gentoo a few years ago, (and also devoid of the "Aha!" moment) but so it goes.

tl;dr Linux, not for noobs or people who don't like getting thier hands dirty. It's not windows, get used to it.


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