justdrew wrote:eyeno wrote:If I am command line illiterate (i am) how hard will it be to get Ubuntu running and get a wireless connection to work? I seriously dislike being a windows slave. And what about old scanners and cameras? How hard are they to get working with Linux?
just download and burn the iso CD image. then boot from it. you can then choose to "try" or install. Just try it for now. it'll run from the CD and memory, but not as nicely as it would if it had a hard drive to live on.
it does a very nice job of identifying hardware and making it work. most likely your wifi will "just work"
one big question tho is do your have your windows install cd and/or system restore cd that came with the computer. if you don't and you decide to erase the windows partition and make it a linux system, you wouldn't be able to go back to windows. if you're not on windows 7 and don't need directX 9 or 11 for games, you can probably just go ahead and no have any major problems. with ubuntu you will rarely NEED to go to a command line.
if you only have the one machine, and would be unable to get on the net to look for help you'd probably want to hold off for a bit. another thing you may need to get into is how to go into the bios and adjust the boot device, most will default to booting from a cd if a bootable cd is inserted when the machine comes on. so trying it should be very easy.
eyeno wrote:If windows ever crashes and will not boot up I should be able to boot off this and still have a workable computer using this right?
eyeno wrote:Not knackered but didn't work. At the bottom of the screen there was a symbol that looked like a postage stamp, a minus sign, and a little stick man.
Then the screen went blank and I got the "monitor has no input signal" message. Then the screen went blank and stayed blank while the cd drive worked furiously for a while. Then all went quiet but still had a blank screen. Tried it twice.
Ubuntu 10.04 used a new bootloader that had serious conflicts w/ a lot of display adapters. It shaves off something like three seconds in boot time and was an awful idea. *ALL* the 10.04 distros have this issue. It *can be fixed* by altering a few lines the startup uses, but it is trial and error and unless you know exactly what your hardware is and if you don't have another computer in front of you it's a huge, huge hassle.
I'm not sure if 10.10 is the same way. 9.10, which is available still, does not. You might run into update issues on *some* of the repositories. You should be able to burn 9.10 to disc the same way.
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