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karthik alex pandian 11-03-2009 09:29 PM

would you recommend ubuntu 9 for beginners,noobs,windows users
i plant o move to linux , i have tried
UBUNTU 6 (?),7(?) these didn't detect my ATI RADEON 9200 se external ap 8x
UBUNTU 8(worked to the best) in my new pc .

i want to know whether UBUNTU will settle happily with windows users
(i am sure linux wouldn't make users fools like closed source)

i have the following specifications .

ASUS motherboard p5n73am

with NVIDIA onboard video,
(nvidia nvidia 7050/ nvidia nforce 610i)

via onboard audio
(via hd audio vt1708b)

2 gb ram
moserbaer liteon dvd writer
160gb western digital caviar blue harddisk
in a zebronics cabinet with 450 watts smps

keyboard and mouse are from logitech
monitor is lg 17 inch crt

will this work effective in ubuntu 9
(if possible with full graphics enabled)

i am in windows 7 rc . even this job is done in that ! .

tommcd 11-04-2009 08:18 AM

I always recommend Ubuntu to linux beginners. Ubuntu is the best of the "beginner friendly" distros imo. There are a lot of great beginner tutorial sites for Ubuntu. Here are 2 of my favorites:
And for a quick reference for how to install anything on Ubuntu:
Your motherboard should be just fine for Ubuntu. The reviews for your board on newegg say it is good for linux:

from DSK:
Pros: Works out of the box with Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. Nvidia 7050 with the 180 drivers performs very well. Smooth Video playback and Compiz runs perfictly (sic).
(I have found that it is very common these days for people to mention linux compatibility on those user reviews on newegg).
Your system is more than adequate to run Ubuntu.
As for this question:

i want to know whether UBUNTU will settle happily with windows users
Well, this depends more on the user in question than on Ubuntu. Linux is not at all like Windows. There is a learning curve to using any linux distro. The user will have to do some reading to get the most out of any linux distro. Linux is like most things in life. You get out it exactly what you put into it.
Ubuntu is one of the easiest distros to use though. The sites I linked to should help you get started.
As for this question:

i am sure linux wouldn't make users fools like closed source
This is one thing that I can guarantee will not happen. Linux is all about choice and freedom. You use your computer your way. There is no linux corporation forcing you to do things their way. Linux is decentralized, so that can never happen with linux.
Write back if you need more help.

And welcome to the LQ forums!

ronlau9 11-04-2009 09:25 AM

If you go for UBUNTU I have only one thing to add
Save you're self a lot of trouble Never UPGRADE
At this moment I run 8.04 906 and 9.10
If the newest is OK than I remove the oldest to make room for the new one

gotenks05 11-04-2009 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by ronlau9 (Post 3744197)
If you go for UBUNTU I have only one thing to add
Save you're self a lot of trouble Never UPGRADE
At this moment I run 8.04 906 and 9.10
If the newest is OK than I remove the oldest to make room for the new one

However, if they had and iphone/ipod touch or simliar device with an ebook reader, then it would be best to go for a newer one, as getting calibre working on an older version takes a lot of time, but is possible since I've been able to use debian package from the debian lenny repository, Ubuntu Juanty repository, and Interpid repository on Hardy. I will put in my suggestion of getting remastersys 8.04-9.04 work without editing needed. If you ever need to restore your system tools like remastersys lessen the time it takes to get everything setup. I've got remastersys LiveDVDs for Hardy, Jaunty, and Karmic (based on an upgrade from Juanty and I experienced fewer problems with video by this approach, but it is still crash city at the moment, with as many crash reports I get. However, I have yet to test installation from the LiveDVD).

catkin 11-04-2009 11:49 AM

No, I would not recommend ubuntu for Linux beginners, because it is relatively buggy (which is confusing and frustrating for Linux beginners) and it is difficult to understand in depth (which is frustrating for Linux beginners who would like to become Linuxperts).

cameigons 11-06-2009 06:31 PM

I think it depends really. I would not recommend it for someone willing to learn linux in depth. But I would definitely recommend it if the person is a linux noob who seem not care a whole lot about how computers work and just looking for a way to escape from Microsoft.
I'm not criticizing Ubuntu btw :)

jay73 11-06-2009 07:30 PM

If they are more or less satisfied windows users, then I can hardly imagine that they have any interest in learning "Linux" (whatever that is - it is just a wild diversity of distros that do things their own way and I don't think there is any criterion to settle which one is the "true Linux"). If that is so, then ubuntu would be a better choice than the compile-your-own type of distro.

As for the latest release, I am not entirely convinced it is finished yet. One of my computers had problems resuming from suspend and another one gave me problems configuring my nvidia 250. Minor issues that are not apparent from the beginning but they are there.

farna 01-05-2010 12:17 PM

I tried several distros before moving most of my computers from Windows XP altogether. Ubuntu is a good one, but go one step further and specify Mint ( Mint is Ubuntu based, but includes all the codecs and other non-open source items that Windows users are accustomed to, and are needed to make a complete working system. No hunting and deciding which ones you want to install! It's the most ready to use right out of the box I've run into. My second choice for a new user would be MEPIS, as it has most everything ready to run too, but Mint is better supported and visually looks better. I had to adjust to the new file system (mainly folder names and where things are), but that's about it. Mint has a look and feel somewhat similar to Windows XP, but some say it is more Mac-like. The Mint Menu is really easy to get used to, and one can go to the Mint website and install software that has been tested and reviewed directly instead of using Package Manager. All available software isn't there, and like most repositories (Mint can load from Ubuntu and Debian repo sources also) the versions aren't always up to date, but the website install feature is very easy and not confusing to new users as the Package Manager can be.

I'm having the suspend problem too -- computer just won't suspend. That's a long running bug and hopefully the kernel team will have a fix for it. It's been an issue since 2006 from what I've been reading though. Makes you wonder if anyone is working on it at all.

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