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I could've sworn Ubuntu was good at hardware detection.
It is, as are most desktop oriented distributions, including Fedora Core.
The problem is that it can take years for proprietary hardware and interfaces to be reverse engineered. The laptop I'm using at the moment had an usuable Firewire/IEEE1394 port for 4 years, until the change was accepted into the kernel.
More recent software will always have better hardware support. Fedora Core's claim to fame is that it uses "leading edge" software. Ubuntu uses older, more stable software. It's just a question of picking the best tool for the job.
Last edited by macemoneta; 09-01-2006 at 02:52 PM.
I havn't gotten a chance to get Fedora yet, but here's what I was able to do.
I was able to get Knoppix working with the following info.
After I get that up, I edit my xorg.conf file to include my 1280x800 resolution (cosmetic), then I run the command sudo init 2. Then from the prompt I have to chmod 0777 /dev/pty* (if I don't do that I cannot use konsole), then I init 5 again, and I'm good to go.
I'm in the process of getting my files off my corrupt NTFS drive.