I like what I see in the Ubuntu project and its community, philosophy, and ambitions. I think they have a winning formula that’s going to carry them past the honeymoon stage and withstand the test of time and growth. As Eugenia and others note, the distribution is really impressive overall, but it’s just not achieving the level of quality that I would like to see. well, there are indeed a lot of relevant differences. For one, Gnome uses more memory compared to KDE (approx 25%) so KDE would be more performant on that system. Still, it might need swap – and XP is even less memory hungry, so it works even better at 256 mb. Also, Qt, having a company & money behind it, has better painting performance than GTK.
On Windows, you will have to get the install CD from the manufacturer of your video card, and install the drivers from there, before you can do this. If you put in just the Windows CD and one key, you are likely to have VGA-resolution video, no 3D acceleration, and no sound. You may not have any network card, and you won’t have any wireless. If you do get connected to the net, you would be compromised in less than a few minutes without a decent firewall and virus scanner.
You won’t get any significant applications without entering yet more keys. I once thought the whole layout in / was seriously messy. Now I don’t even get the system windows has – apps can be found everywhere and nowhere. Not putting binaries in one place is a serious mess, imho. Yes, if your situation is category , you can typically go on-line and get drivers, but that is the very thing that Windows fanboys like to try to bash Linux about.
Maybe write a letter to Adobe if you think it’s worth your time, because it isn’t a matter of Linux not supporting Photoshop, it’s Adobe not supporting Linux. Windows isnt as customizable out of the box as KDE or GNOME but Microsoft has the look down. if people want Photoshop on Linux until a native port is done I can testify that Photoshop works very reliably with Wine in its current version. What I found out with Ubuntu is that it’s “missing” stuff in its default desktop install that I’m used to having on the Fedora install DVD. I’m also looking to move on from my “hobbyist” phase after using predominantly Gentoo for over 5 years now.
Last, GCC is slower than the compilers used with windows. Filebrowser performance differs for several reasons. I received my brand new laptop this past Monday with Vista Home Basic in it. I spent 2 hours with Vista, I decided that I didn’t like much of its usability, and I immediately burned an Ubuntu preview ISO and installed it on my shiny new DELL Inspiron 640m. There was a problem though and X11 would crash on load — and the graphical safe mode would not work either . The 915resolution hack was not needed for my Intel graphics card, but I needed to have more information for my laptop’s LCD.
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn looks like a good distro, but they should offer codecs and graphics card drivers as an option during installation. apt-get in debian etch supports diff package list updating. So when you apt-get update it will be the full list the first time 4-5MB like the article says. And then next time it only needs to download around 100kB .diff’s to it. … and clicked “administrator mode” … and Ubuntu told me I needed NFS and Samba to be installed, and then after I allowed it to, Ubuntu automatically downloaded and installed them both for me. Like Eugenia said, you open up the networking config tool and it prompts to install nfs and/or smb. You don’t “need to realise that portmap and nfs-common” are needed, unless I’m misreading something.
Following rebooting the pc, at this moment retry to setup House windows Revisions. Lack of drivers isn’t microsofts problem but if the manufacturer doesn’t want to update their drivers than their customers are out of luck. … windows 95/98 drivers appears as good as you are going to get. This is a litany of update incompetence that demonstrates why xBuntu is not a competent distro. If it wasn’t for the not perfect hardware support and problems with proprietary drivers and codecs, that might require manual tweaking, Windows wouldn’t have any usability advantages over Linux. And at least the later problem is already solved in feisty. I have some relatives that have absolutely no clue about computers.
Effortless Driver Support Methods – A Closer Look
Then there is the linux kernel – versions after 2.6.18 (if I’m right) have a new IO scheduler, giving better performance. And the linux dynamic linker is slower as well, giving longer startup times .
If your situation is case , you are out of luck with Windows, and your only option is to install Linux. Mac OSX won’t work at all if your hardware isn’t Mac. Windows out-of-the-box will fail to install some drivers for most hardware configurations. Most drivers for Windows aren’t written by Microsoft. Most users would be unable to rectify such an installation problem, and they are almost certainly guaranteed to encounter one. bcm43xx driver in 2.6.20 kernel should be the default driver for what is known as Dell 1390 WiFi cards, so it’s surprising to me that it didn’t work. It’s possible, of course, that the firmware either wasn’t included in this beta, or what got included had a wrong version number.
Fundamental Factors For Driver Updater – Insights
I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to get over there to fix their computer, git rid of some virus/spyware/adware, update windows, fix some problem or even reinstall. That was until last time when I just installed ubuntu instead and they’ve been quiet since. So if you “randomly” select your hardware from new devices you may be right, in that, Linux is harder to install. On the other hand, if you buy a new PC, then why not buy hardware that you know works. However, Linux usually have difficulties with brand new hardware as drivers are often developed after that the device have hit the market due to lack of information from the hardware vendor. Windows 2000 / XP is much easier on random hardware than Linux. Linux is fine if all your hardware is supported by the distro ‘out of the box’ but if it’s not the process of installing an configuring Linux is MUCH harder than Windows 2000 / XP.