Hey yall, I'm Jeremy. This is my very first official foray into the world of Linux, so be gentle. I'm sure I'm jumping into this forum all wrong, having not THOROUGHLY exhausted my search utility (the most recent thread of this type is two years old), but I beg a little leeway. Okay, a little background...
I'm a Windows guy, always have been---not because I "like" Windows best, but because that's all I've ever known. I've screwed up my junk enough times that I know how to drag my computer from the brink of death... or if I DON'T know, I know where to look to find out.
Over the past few years, I've started to branch out a tad. I got an iPod Touch, and as soon as I got it, I jailbroke it (I can't stand owning something that I cannot customize to my exact design hehe). After a few jailbreaks and such, I kinda learned my way around iOS---not much, just enough to keep me outta trouble.
Then last fall, I bought my wife a Nook Color, and myself a Nook Tablet for Christmas. These were my first intros to Android---Linux Lite, as I understand? Anyway, I successfully rooted my wife's NC, running CM7 from the SD card, and went CM7-internal hack with my NT (following the development of that REALLY close hehe).
So now I think I want to try Linux on my netbook. I had originally thought to go Hackintosh with it, but it seemed rather involved, and I don't have ready access to a Mac (something you need before hand to get set up for the Hackintosh), so I decided to look into Linux. I've got friends that've been trying to turn me onto Ubuntu for years, but I've never seriously considered it before now. My netbook model line was produced with both Windows XP and Linux operating systems. I just picked up the Windows one
So, here we go...
Requirements: I use my netbook for trivial stuff, really---watch movies, write fiction (I use OpenOffice), surf the web. I used to be an avid gamer, but I realize the netbook isn't designed for that. Still, I'd like to game as much as possible.
Restrictions: My netbook shipped with the world's worst wifi chip---an Atheros ar9285. The drivers haven't been updated since March 2011, and it's got a nasty habit of dropping the wifi signal after as little as five minutes. So while I am curious as to the "cloud" OS's, I'd just as soon have an OS that's native to the computer, so if the wifi drops on me, my computer doesn't crash.
So... sorry to load down my first post like this, but I'd be grateful for any nudge in the right direction. Thanks in advance