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Old 10-23-2007, 01:35 AM   #1
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thinking about making the switch

howdy everybody. im very very new to this linux thing. my computer running vista just crashed completely, and the factory restore disk i made wasn't working, so i downloaded ubuntu off of buddys computer, burned it, and now until they send me my new hdd, i've been running linux.....and i love it. its so much faster, theres no bullshit. its just great. my only problem is getting everything to work. in windows, it recognized everything, like my camera, my wireless that came iwth teh computer. when i get the new harddrive i am thinking baout seriously making the switch. but as far as downloading things and extracting things, i have no clue what to do. im not computer challenged, its just totally new. would it be alot of effort to find drivers and everything that is capable with linux? or is it just a little effort to go a long way. sorry for the long post, i have just found that forums are the best place to get an answer about anything..
Old 10-23-2007, 07:59 AM   #2
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You are probably familiar with For Linux specific issues, there is That should be your first place to look for information; Linux forums second. And, when you use the Linux forums, use the Search function first to see if your issue has already been discussed.

With regard to swithcing to Linux from windows, it's a whole new ball game. Windows (way back when it was just a shell over DOS) used to have much of the functionality Linux has - I refer to the command-line and scripting (batch files in DOS). If you are not used to it (which most windows users are not) it's a steep learning curve to get a handle on command-line operations.

One thing to do is to download some documentation that can help to make the transition. Such as: Rute User's Guide and Linux Administration Made Easy.

There are many online sites for documentation, tutorials, howtos, etc. Search for them. Fultus e-library is a good one. Linux Self-help is another.

Make use of the vendors website, in your case, the Ubuntu website. Forums and Documentation.

In re drivers: most of what you need will be on the installation media. Some proprietary drivers may have to be downloaded and installed from the vendor's website for the particular driver you need. Example: the kernel supports 2d graphics for nvidia. To get 3d, you have to download and install the driver from the nvidia website.

It will be a struggle at first, but it becomes easier as you learn. Eventually, you may find yourself wondering how people using M$ windows ever get anything done.
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Ubuntu's pretty easy to install and run. You can get more or less anything you need via Synaptic, the package manager.
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The "getting started" link below might help.
Old 10-23-2007, 08:29 AM   #5
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Make the Switch!


I made the switch back in January of this year and yes there has been a learning curve but it has been enjoyable. I wasn tried of clicking through wizards without really knowing what was going on so for me it was a matter of control. I wanted more control over my computers and LINUX gives me that. Also I was fed up with the model MS and Intel were shoving down my throat of bigger is better. To put it to you this way:

Microsoft sells gasoline and Intel produces SUVs.

When you finally jump in the OS full board you will realize you are not alone. This website is invaluble to me. I have had great input from the people here. The official forum for Ubuntu is also AWESOME. In literally minutes, I get help in the newbie forum.

If you really want to own your system 100% you need to consider LINUX. If you want to improve your computer skills you need to consider LINUX.

Good luck,



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