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    I'm going to have to turn in my geek card for this, but I have to say that Linux, even Ubuntu, sucks and sucks hard. I've just spent a full night trying to get this Hardy release working on my system, and met utter failure. My machine has dual nVidia 9800 GTX+ cards, and the very best Linux drivers support the 9800 GTX, but not the 9800 GTX +. So I'm confronted by the device manager with two choices for my screen resolution - 1600x1200 and 1280x1024. Too bad neither of them is 2560x1600, my actual resolution. So I'm stuck with a non-3D accelerated screen running at half the number of pixels I should have. Swell.

    And then the sound driver, which involves compiling a driver on my machine (!!). Even getting the flash player to work was a gigantic chore, and I simply don't have the guts to start configuring printing over the network.

    Plus I have to contend with GRUB. Nuff said.

    Anybody who says this has a chance on the desktop is an idiot. I am a very experienced user, and I am having the devil's own time setting up a system, forget about using it - the average consumer would have no chance at all.

    It's been so much effort I can no longer remember why I wanted a Linux partition on this box. I'm going to scrub it off.

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    did you try it on a Mac?
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    • #3
      2% or 7% suck?

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      Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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      • #4
        Shark, here are a couple links I dug up that my help you. You may have already been through these:

        https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual
        http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=836647

        The fact that I can get full office software, programming suites, image editing, etc. for absolutely free is why I love Linux. Yes, it can take what seems like an eternity to get all the hardware and drivers configured properly, but once done, you have a very versatile OS.
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        • #5
          I never cared for him either. I mean, what was up with that blue blanket?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Can Of Corn View Post
            Shark, here are a couple links I dug up that my help you. You may have already been through these:

            https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual
            http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=836647

            The fact that I can get full office software, programming suites, image editing, etc. for absolutely free is why I love Linux. Yes, it can take what seems like an eternity to get all the hardware and drivers configured properly, but once done, you have a very versatile OS.
            I had read the top one, but not the bottom. Unfortunately, the bottom one ends with a message from a guy saying it doesn't work, and with the same symptoms I have.

            A wise man once told me "Linux is free if your time is worth nothing". He was right. The reason I want to use Linux is because I want to develop some code using Eclipse that is going to run on a Linux platform. The configuration difficulties are far, far greater in cost than the price of the software. Particularly if you're trying to use newer hardware - I've had good (well, "better", anyway) experiences with Linux on old hardware.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Guppy View Post
              did you try it on a Mac?
              Why yes, as a matter of fact, I did.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Airshark View Post
                  Why yes, as a matter of fact, I did.
                  Can't help ya then
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Airshark View Post
                    I'm going to have to turn in my geek card for this, but I have to say that Linux, even Ubuntu, sucks and sucks hard. I've just spent a full night trying to get this Hardy release working on my system, and met utter failure. My machine has dual nVidia 9800 GTX+ cards, and the very best Linux drivers support the 9800 GTX, but not the 9800 GTX +. So I'm confronted by the device manager with two choices for my screen resolution - 1600x1200 and 1280x1024. Too bad neither of them is 2560x1600, my actual resolution. So I'm stuck with a non-3D accelerated screen running at half the number of pixels I should have. Swell.
                    Let me see if I understand this correctly because, you know, I have been rather out of the loop.

                    You are complaining at the Linux box because the manufacturer has not released the drivers for it?

                    Do you complain at your vehicle if/when the local garage does not have your tyres in stock?


                    And then the sound driver, which involves compiling a driver on my machine (!!). Even getting the flash player to work was a gigantic chore, and I simply don't have the guts to start configuring printing over the network.
                    Actually setting up network printing will probably be one of the easier things to do. Regardless though you are quite correct, the compiling drivers and programmes on the user machine has to come to a stop. I realise Linux is for geeks by geeks, but it has moved beyond the point of tiresome.
                    And I think Adobe made Flash a bigger pain in the arse than Macro did.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SunuvaNun View Post
                      Do you complain at your vehicle if/when the local garage does not have your tyres in stock?
                      If my vehicle takes goofy-ass proprietary tires I do.
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