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Ubuntu does what Microsoft couldn't?

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    I wanted to try Ubuntu a while ago, so I installed it on my Dell. Wi Fi was broken, Ubuntu didn't support the wireless drivers. Fail. I tried my wife's newer, better Dell. Same thing. It looks interesting, but its not made to just work. I'm not going through the painful process of using the terminal to manually fix the OSs shortcomings.
    I've tried Ubuntu and Mint, and every version has installed perfectly. They've picked up my network (WiFi and LAN), my network printers etc immediately. The setup and installation has been no more, no less, painful than any version of Windows. I have had no requirement to use the terminal at any time.

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  2. #22


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    Lucky you
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    I wanted to try Ubuntu a while ago, so I installed it on my Dell. Wi Fi was broken, Ubuntu didn't support the wireless drivers. Fail. I tried my wife's newer, better Dell. Same thing. It looks interesting, but its not made to just work. I'm not going through the painful process of using the terminal to manually fix the OSs shortcomings.
    I've tried Ubuntu and Mint, and every version has installed perfectly. They've picked up my network (WiFi and LAN), my network printers etc immediately. The setup and installation has been no more, no less, painful than any version of Windows. I have had no requirement to use the terminal at any time.
    It is usual for desktops, but not on laptops.
    Usually ubuntu doesnt have the drivers built in if you install it on a laptop.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    Lucky you

    That perfect install works here as well, but only on one or two PC's from the bunch.
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  5. #25


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    Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack + AeroGlass


    Don't worry, coming from Canonical, it will never get past the vaporware stage. Remember Ubuntu TV? That's right, no one does either.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    What's with all this competition and promising stuff coming from all these different directions? Makes me a little nervous. I just bought a Surface RT, really like it, and I want to be King of the Hill for as long as possible without all these threats from other platforms. It's an ego thing................
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    What's with all this competition and promising stuff coming from all these different directions? Makes me a little nervous. I just bought a Surface RT, really like it, and I want to be King of the Hill for as long as possible without all these threats from other platforms. It's an ego thing................
    I feel for you, it's a bit tough coming to a Windows Forum, hoping for some kind of kindred spirit and having all this other stuff going on. I think MS will ride out this media storm, it's just a bit tough at the moment.

    if I didn't have so many tablets at the moment I'd have an RT as well, every time I play with one I nearly buy it. I'm still tossing up whether to get the RT or Pro eventually, although I'm not sure when I'll get to see a Pro.
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  8. #28


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sashlon View Post
    I wanted to try Ubuntu a while ago, so I installed it on my Dell. Wi Fi was broken, Ubuntu didn't support the wireless drivers. Fail. I tried my wife's newer, better Dell. Same thing. It looks interesting, but its not made to just work. I'm not going through the painful process of using the terminal to manually fix the OSs shortcomings.
    I've tried Ubuntu and Mint, and every version has installed perfectly. They've picked up my network (WiFi and LAN), my network printers etc immediately. The setup and installation has been no more, no less, painful than any version of Windows. I have had no requirement to use the terminal at any time.
    It is usual for desktops, but not on laptops.
    Usually ubuntu doesnt have the drivers built in if you install it on a laptop.
    Linux is tough on a Notebook but then so is Windows if you do a clean install, you need to get all the drivers or you're in trouble, but at least you can find the drivers.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    What's with all this competition and promising stuff coming from all these different directions? Makes me a little nervous. I just bought a Surface RT, really like it, and I want to be King of the Hill for as long as possible without all these threats from other platforms. It's an ego thing................
    I feel for you, it's a bit tough coming to a Windows Forum, hoping for some kind of kindred spirit and having all this other stuff going on. I think MS will ride out this media storm, it's just a bit tough at the moment.

    if I didn't have so many tablets at the moment I'd have an RT as well, every time I play with one I nearly buy it. I'm still tossing up whether to get the RT or Pro eventually, although I'm not sure when I'll get to see a Pro.
    Yeah, such is the nature of tech I guess. We all play the game, but the consensus seems to be that all this competition keeps everyone moving forward, otherwise there'd be no innovation at all. I'm fine with that, and of course it goes without saying that my original comment was to a large degree sarcastic. Part of the fun of all of this is watching how the stuff evolves and gets better.

    But yeah, I love my Surface RT -- no regrets, although I think it's funny that the device has already displayed an error message box on two separate occasions while it was trying to shut down and/or reboot. But other than that everything is working fine. I guess all computers crash on occasion, no matter how perfect they try to make 'em.
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  10. #30


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    But anyway, back to the topic at hand, I think what they showed in that video looks very elegant. Ubuntu has really been looking very pretty lately. (I have it installed on my "smaller" 500 GB hard drive, on my main Windows 8 machine.)
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