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Old 06-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #16
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i edited my last post, it is an ATI radeon 1270, and i have desktop ubuntu running on my laptop
 
Old 06-13-2010, 02:37 PM   #17
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i edited my last post, i have an ATI radeon 1270, and i am using desktop ubuntu on my laptop
 
Old 06-13-2010, 03:26 PM   #18
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im just going to switch to fedora, it seems that its compatible with all the specs of my system
 
Old 06-13-2010, 03:51 PM   #19
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Sorry about the wrong pronoun earlier.

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im just going to switch to fedora, it seems that its compatible with all the specs of my system
Good luck, but I wouldn't recommend that.

I recently saw someone have better luck with Fedora than other distributions on a display issue, which I think is because that specific open source driver has had significant recent progress and Fedora is closer to the bleeding edge.

But generally Fedora is not beginner friendly and generally the bleeding edge means "not yet well tested" more often than it means "newer and better".

bleeding edge: Whenever software developers are working on the "cutting edge", their customers are ...

I was very happy with Mepis 7 and still am very happy using Mepis 8.0. Both were very good at bringing up obscure video hardware on many different computers with the vesa driver (once you learn that option to add during boot) and very good at switching to the non open source nvidia or ATI driver after install. Mepis 7 and 8.0 also are very beginner friendly in other ways.

I'm currently suffering through experiments with Mepis 8.5. The more I use it, the more I hate it. But I'm doing the same with Ubuntu 10.04 which I hate even more. Why have Mepis and Ubuntu both taken such big steps backward in beginner friendliness? (I'd still say Mepis is more beginner friendly than Ubuntu, but I would not say Mepis 8.5 qualifies as actually beginner friendly).

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Old 06-13-2010, 07:37 PM   #20
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Did you ever try the package manager?

Whatever distro you wind up with, learn to use the package manager before trying to install SW without it.
 
Old 06-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #21
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Current versions of fglrx do not support your GPU. The last version that did is 9.3, from well over a year ago. You would need to use Ubuntu 8.10 (or some other distribution from the same period) to use fglrx with your card. Switching to Fedora will not make fglrx work.

You should stick with the open source drivers which Ubuntu almost certainly installed and enabled by default.
 
  


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