I can't decide whether i should install ubuntu from the install dvd or the cd. I want a plain, no nonsense installation, and wouldn't mind installing a few programs via synaptic.
I installed slackware first, then decided to use debian; but with all the dumb hassle grub put me through (and the fact that x.org was screwed up when i installed the ATI drivers, god i hate them more than i hate windows) , i turned my attention towards ubuntu. I'm hoping that ubuntu will flawlessly detect my hardware (the live cd did) and configure which packages to install without putting me through much hassle. My experience with the ubuntu live cd has been quite satisfactory. I am fond of the dependency handling and ease of use that synaptic offers (not that i don't like the console; i LOVE the console, i just don't like hunting for libraries and typing tons of lines to compile/install a program. I just want an easy start with linux, and i intend to delve deeper into it later , and probably switch to slackware at some point (or not?) ).
My disappointment in slackware was that it is advertised as the os that comes with just what you need and nothing more. Yet there were so many packages that i didn't have a clue about, that i had to choose a guided install (or i installed all the packages, can't remember
). Dependencies are really annoying, at least when you are installing slackware. You leave out something that looks totally redundant, then a whole lot of programs fail. Even though i installed tons of packages, just to avoid leaving out required stuff, gnome worked awkwardly. I realized that a library it depended on was missing
It is frustrating that such a thing should happen after a "full install". Other than that, i had no problems with slackware, except for a few trivial things like kde being the only desktop environment capable of using the lock machine function, and the absence of acpi routines to physically turn off the machine in the shutdown procedure (i'm guessing i had to edit the .rc scripts? anyway, i would be much happier if it were to be "ON" by default).
I'm guessing that installing ubuntu won't require much user intervention, and that even though the resultant installation is unsatisfactory, i'll be able to use the package management tool to easily add/remove whatever components i see fit.
My problems/ideas are all over the place, but my main question is which install method (cd/dvd) to use. Thanks in advance, and a thousand apologies if any of this has been posted before.
Oh btw, i know it's irrelevant, but it would be ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC if i could get miranda to work on linux. I'd be glad to hear from people who can.