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I have been trying to abandon Windows for about a year now, but it is just soooo frustrating trying to get things to work with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. After lots of struggling in 9.10 I finally got my scanner (Epson Perfection 3170 Photo)to work. I Have not been successful in 10.04. Same with my Sansa Clip+, Garmin GPS; the list continues. to find answers by doing searches, is almost pointless. you get mostly answer from 08 and 09, most of that is not applicable to this release and if you do find information, the fix is really not novice friendly. I do not give up easily, but I am telling you, this is tough!! I convinced several friends to leave Windows and try Ubuntu but after the same frustrations (some different peripherals) they gave up and went back to windows.
This needs to be a lot more peripheral friendly. There needs to be a central place to find the drivers or files to use for each peripheral supported and by this list, the ones not supported, in an easy method and for EACH release!
Sorry for the long post.
I installed Lucid on the same laptop twice. After the first time, I shot my foot and the fastest recovery was to re-install.
Surprise!!There was a different list of troubles the second time around.
How is that possible? Same hardware! Same distro DVD! Same "dynamic configuration"... Wait?! If you drop a ball into a large room filled with mouse traps and ping-pong balls, will everything bounce the same every time ... even if you trip all of the traps?
I understand the value of "dynamic configuration" when opposed to "manual configuration". I also understand some of the trial-and-error challenges involved with getting the dynamic processing to work ...
often well ahead of documentation. Sadly, the whole open-source development community severely lacks for all sorts of documentation.
One of the nice things about Ubuntu is the amount of documentation available, and the number of people willing to help others.
One of the challenges lies in discovering enough so that you can find the information you are looking for by searching and asking questions.
Several times, I have posted questions ... that went un-answered ... only to find the answer weeks later using completely different terminology -- words that I would never have guessed.
When someone tell me they want to get rid of Windows- The first ? is WHY?
Then I tell them to read Linux is not Windows
Still want to try Linux? Some Hardware Just Don't Work, Most HP all-in-Ones seem to work scan Print out of the box
Lots of old Hardware that can't run Win 7 will run Linux.
Now what Distro, always the ?? for new users, Ubuntu is NOT the Best For new Users-You have to do too much to get it running-No windows user wants to do (Sudo add -get install ubuntu-restricted- extras)Just to use Youtube,MP3's etc; some quit before trying Just too Hard Not like windows
That said What about the OP's Problem?
TRY Lunix Mint 9--The BEST Distro for New Users Bar NONE,It;s works out of the box, You have more time to get your hardware working--Google your printer-scanner-- IF it don't work under Linux OS's Sell It,Buy something that work,Linux users need to STOP caring about stuff that don't work and start supporting Vendors that support Linux and remember** Ubuntu is NOT Linux,Linux is NOT Ubuntu Try other Distros Find one thats Works for YOU-Then use and promote IT. Just My Take.