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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 01, 2008 09:33 AM
I have installed many flavours of Linux on many flavours of computer. Sound was an issue a long time ago. Now the major issue is ATI graphics cards, although they seem to be getting better-- If you want a linux box, buy nVidia, it's that simple.

But while you're griping, try installing anything other than Linux on a top-end PC today:

Vista-- don't make me laugh, it has no software and is a nightmare to deal with, it might work when it is finished.

XP-64 has no drivers, a total waste of time. Even if you get the drivers into it for the Ethernet card it still won't support an internal CD player, scanner, printer... (hint:burn your motherboard drivers CD onto a memory stick and load them from there)

That leaves 32bit XP. Well, if you're going to do that why bother with a top end processor, it won't be running at full capacity.

Install 64-bit Ubuntu (I'm sure SUSE and Red hat work as well) and run 32-bit Windows in a virtual machine like I do, it'll run just as fast as the native 32-bit version but you'll suffer on some games.

I suppose you could build a mac PC, that might work, but as I haven't I can't comment about that.

I find Ubuntu a pleasure, oh and it is ironic that the latest version (HH) would only install through XP-64 and not directly. Maybe that should have been listed as a problem.


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