Ubuntu Install Results in Frustration for Reviewer

Lora Bentley

Continuing on the Ubuntu theme -- InformationWeek reviewer Alexander Wolfe says Ubuntu is a pain to install on laptops. His experience was so frustrating, apparently, that he is now "mystified" as to why this particular Linux version has gained a reputation as the best OS for Linux beginners. Not necessarily the case, he said. Getting Ubuntu to run smoothly on his system required "significant tweaking."

 

First, the install is slow starting -- and if you can't load the Ubuntu CD, you won't be able to install the OS at all. Second, there is a long list of incompatible hardware, of which it would help to be aware beforehand.

 

Eventually, he had to partition the hard drive before the OS installed successfully. And that was after Wolfe spent considerable time researching in the Ubuntu Forums for common install problems and how to solve them, then attempting to install Kubuntu rather than Fiesty Fawn and, finally, installing Feisty on a vanilla desktop.

 

His tale of detour and frustration, as well as the helpful hints he reveals along the way, is certainly worth the read for anyone contemplating Ubuntu on a laptop. The install will be less painful if you know these things ahead of time.



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Jul 12, 2007 10:21 AM Vincent Vincent  says:
Well, obviously, not everyone experiences these problems ;-)Also, you would still be able to install Ubuntu with the "Alternate Install CD", albeit that it's more troublesome and you need to know about it... Reply
Jul 18, 2007 1:13 AM Shadowfire Shadowfire  says:
Is this Ubuntu's fault? No it's not!Is this the fault of OSS developers who put their hard earned time in to developing free driver support to allow Linux to survive against all odds or is this still the companies who say they support OSS and Linux or don't support it. No it's not!Is this the fault of the companies who don't support OSS and Linux, or say they support OSS or Linux. Of course it is!I would have to say that it is obvious that it is the respective companies fault for specific hardware not working with Linux or OSS!It's that simple!The OSS developers have allowed Linux and OSS to survive *against all odds* ... even those of large corp suppression!If you want to fault the correct party of Ubuntu or other Linux distro's of short comings, try the source... the hardware - and the manufacture thereof!!! Reply
Jul 18, 2007 1:16 AM Shadowfire Shadowfire  says:
Is this Ubuntu's fault? No it's not!Is this the fault of OSS developers who put their hard earned time in to developing free driver support to allow Linux to survive against all odds - No it's not!Is this the fault of the companies who don't support OSS and Linux, or say they support OSS or Linux. Of course it is!I would have to say that it is obvious that it is the respective companies fault for specific hardware not working with Linux or OSS!It's that simple!The OSS developers have allowed Linux and OSS to survive *against all odds* ... even those of large corp suppression!If you want to fault the correct party of Ubuntu or other Linux distro's of short comings, try the source... the hardware - and the manufacture thereof!!! Reply

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