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Old 02-27-2011, 02:58 AM   #16
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I've been using Mint for about a year and would highly recommend Ubuntu or one of the Mint distros. My wife likes Mint 9 Isadora while I like LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). Something you may want to consider would be to download a few distros and give each of them a try to see which suits your needs.Go to distrowatch to check them out.
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:24 AM   #17
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I know that several other people have already said this same sort of thing, but don't expect it to work like Windows. Linux is a wonderful system, and I expect that you'll enjoy it. One thing about using Linux on a netbook is that things like wifi and screen brightness will not work unless you have a kernel that supports your hardware and all of the correct drivers installed. That is why you should use something like Jolicloud, Ubuntu Netbook or some other Linux distro with good netbook support. I reccomend that you try Distrowatch.com and search for netbook distros. If you find one you like, look into it further and see if it supports the Acer One in it's kernel. You could also install any distro and compile a new kernel, but that's a little more advanced.
 
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:10 AM   #18
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First step when installing Linux on a laptop is to have a look at these sites:
linuxonlaptops.com
tuxmobile.org
or search the various installation reports in Google, there are tens of thousands of them.

Concentrate on network connectivity, because Google is the one most important encyclopedia you need when solving the remaining problems. Also don t even start installation unless you have internet access on another computer for this reason.

Windows and Linux are different. I can tell you I feel as lost on a Windows computer as a Windows user on a Linux computer, often I had to ask another person to assist me in connecting to WiFi. And there is no command line I can use to search for things or adjust things they let out of the GUI!. (Yeah, there is the registry, but it does not contain comments like most Linux config files). There is a learning curve for both systems.

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Old 02-27-2011, 11:43 AM   #19
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If we didn't tell you about some of the setbacks, it would be misleading.
You would probably go buy a printer and if it didn't work, what then? Do a VMWare workaround?

If you notebook had an ARM architecture, you would probably go for some regular x86 distribution, and if that didn't work, what then?

If you installed the distribution and when you restarted the computer the monitor went blank, what then? This is could be because there is no xvesa driver and that your distribution lacks the non-free display driver.



Research first before buying. That I believe is one amazing benefit of using Gnu Linux. You learn your products better and know the type of companies with whom you are dealing.
 
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:49 PM   #20
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Hello again, my new Linux friends. Your collective opinions are most accurate. Just got the 10.4 Ubuntu going today, haven't done the memory upgrade yet, so my notebook is 1MB at present. It did a dual partition. The Ubuntu setup is facinating, it is at least familiar to windows in the most vaguest sense. For instance, the buttons to X out the window is on the left rather than the right but it's there.

It looks worthwhile, I have to configure even the tiniest thing but I deem that worthwhile. It seems to me that not a gazillion other things will start up at once, as with Windows. I need a Dick & Jane explanation of how to manually ask my Ubuntu system to seek a wireless connection. Any ideas?

Once I get familiar with Ubuntu, I also need to know how to have that as my only OS. I wish to do away with Windows on my system.
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First step when installing Linux on a laptop is to have a look at these sites:
linuxonlaptops.com
tuxmobile.org
or search the various installation reports in Google, there are tens of thousands of them.

Concentrate on network connectivity, because Google is the one most important encyclopedia you need when solving the remaining problems. Also don t even start installation unless you have internet access on another computer for this reason.

Windows and Linux are different. I can tell you I feel as lost on a Windows computer as a Windows user on a Linux computer, often I had to ask another person to assist me in connecting to WiFi. And there is no command line I can use to search for things or adjust things they let out of the GUI!. (Yeah, there is the registry, but it does not contain comments like most Linux config files). There is a learning curve for both systems.

jlinkels
 
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #21
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I need a Dick & Jane explanation of how to manually ask my Ubuntu system to seek a wireless connection. Any ideas?
Is the network icon showing at top of screen, click on it and look for your network and enter key or passphrase.
 
Old 03-02-2011, 05:59 AM   #22
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tick box "available to all users" in wifi nnetwork manager so wireless connects automatically on boot.
 
Old 03-02-2011, 11:41 AM   #23
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Linux is NOT Windows web page

I am amazed that no one has pointed you to the classic web page that is kept up just to answer this VERY frequent FAQ!

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

The article should answer your questions in much a more complete and readable way than any series of posts could possibly do.
 
Old 03-02-2011, 12:16 PM   #24
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I am amazed that no one has pointed you to the classic web page that is kept up just to answer this VERY frequent FAQ!

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

The article should answer your questions in much a more complete and readable way than any series of posts could possibly do.
Perhaps you can read the thread first?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4271924

Kind regards
 
Old 03-02-2011, 06:26 PM   #25
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Perhaps you can read the thread first?
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4271924

Kind regards
Ok you got me on that one I missed the post - the citation is still the definitive article on the subject IMHO.

It also manages to be 'distro neutral" as well as avoiding any "bashing" of either alternative.
 
Old 03-02-2011, 06:47 PM   #26
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Ok you got me on that one I missed the post
Actually, you missed it twice.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...3/#post4271980

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It also manages to be 'distro neutral" as well as avoiding any "bashing" of either alternative.
No argument here. I thought it was pretty good advice the first time it was posted in this thread.
 
Old 03-02-2011, 10:15 PM   #27
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"Like Windows" has two interpretations. "Look like" and "work like."

Look like
: It's not too difficult to configure your desktop to look like a Windows desktop or a Linux menu to look like a Windows menu. As previous posters have pointed out, it's a bit easier to do this to KDE than to Gnome (especially if you use the KDE I think it's called classic menu).

If you search for "linux look like windows" you'll find a number of posts discussing how to do this.

Work like: The underpinnings are nothing like Windows, because the structure and the workings of the OS are much different, though, if you are familiar with the Windows command line, there are some similarities in some of the basic commands.

Just a friendly suggestion, if I may:

I think it's probably a good idea to avoid language, even in jest, that some might find offensive, such as "homosexual latte."

LQ has almost half a million members from all over the world, thousands of whom are active at any given time; for many, English is not their first language.

One person's joke might be another person's slur.

It is best to err on the side of caution.
 
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:22 AM   #28
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Is the network icon showing at top of screen, click on it and look for your network and enter key or passphrase.
Yes but system doesn't recognize my wireless connection, though the Windows 7 that I also have on this notebook does.
 
Old 03-03-2011, 02:55 AM   #29
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Google is your best friend, go to google and type in "wireless connect problems ubuntu". I have very little knowledge of ubuntu but all linux is basically the same. Most of the time you will find a icon on the task bar to just click. If you don't find it, go to the menus and find something about wireless.
Welcome to the wonderful world of linux!

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Old 03-03-2011, 04:25 AM   #30
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Yes but system doesn't recognize my wireless connection, though the Windows 7 that I also have on this notebook does.
What router are you using?

It wouldn't happen to be a D-link?

If it is go back into wins and login to router.
Select configure wireless. Down at bottom a 30+ digit key will be in window you can change it if you like, my choice was to accept it, but before you accept it right-click on it save it to your ms word or notepad, then press ok.
Reboot into linux,
mount wins and directory where you saved key to,
right-click to copy it and paste as network key..

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