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There really is no reason to be tied down by a proprietary system any longer. Everything you need to do is available in a Linux distribution of your choice. All you need to do is get the iso file, burn it to CD-R, set your BIOS to boot from CD and all the paid "upgrades", patch Tuesdays, spyware and other malware will immediately be a thing of the past.

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Originally posted to fareast on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:28 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for reading.

    Don't fear the Tux. Use Ubuntu

    by fareast on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:28:23 AM PDT

    •  I honestly love Linux (2+ / 0-)
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      fareast, Jyrinx

      and specifically Ubuntu, but it's weird and strangely enough unstable on my laptop (HP Pavilion dv9000). I likee Mandriva with KDE, but it breaks constantly even on my desktop-s dual-boot (weird error, title bars stop working). And the software update utility routinely crashes on both computers and requires complex console commands to get it running again. And I can't get the two Linux OSs to share with each other on my LAN, even though hubby's two Windows computers can talk to either Linux system and the Windows boot on the desktop can talk to the Linux-using laptop.

      I don't know if it's that my systems were designed for Windows or what, but my feeling after trying three different versions of Linux on two separate computers is that work is still left to be done on compatibility and user-friendliness. If I didn't have two computers, there's no way I could have gotten either one running, as I frequently had to get online on one to find solutions to technical problems on the other.

      During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

      by kyril on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:38:44 AM PDT

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      •  Ubuntu FTW! (2+ / 0-)
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        fareast, kyril

        And yeah. It's still rough going …

        Good news on the hardware user-friendliness part, though — Ubuntu Intrepid is going to support X Input Hotplug, meaning basically you plug in the mouse and it damn well works for once …

        Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

        Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

        by Jyrinx on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:41:30 AM PDT

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        •  which mouse is giving you trouble? (3+ / 0-)
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          Danjuma, kyril, Jyrinx

          Have used a variety of mice here and yet to see a problem; if it is the MS LaserPoint 10K Ultra with 20 buttons then some of the buttons may not work, even in Intrepid. MS does not seem to have a lot of Linux drivers out there atm :)

          Don't fear the Tux. Use Ubuntu

          by fareast on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:44:29 AM PDT

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          •  *Any* mouse with any amount of fanciness (2+ / 0-)
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            fareast, kyril

            has trouble. And really, I lurvs me the extra buttons on my Logitich Revolution mice.

            Also it'll help with keyboards with media buttons.

            Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

            Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

            by Jyrinx on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:48:35 AM PDT

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      •  If you provide some more (1+ / 0-)
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        Jyrinx

        info than 'strangely unstable' then a fix is likely; launchpad.net is where ubuntu hosts its bug-tracking (a frequent stopping point of mine).

        Don't fear the Tux. Use Ubuntu

        by fareast on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:42:24 AM PDT

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  •  Wait, they already named Ubuntu 9.04? (2+ / 0-)
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    fareast, kyril

    Man … I liked it when Shutttleworth announced “Gutsy Gibbon” (I think it was) the day of the previous release …

    Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

    Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

    by Jyrinx on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:43:17 AM PDT

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