What about Ubuntu?


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smallaperture

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After reading thru the OpenOffice thread, and having test-run it, I am thinking of going to Ubuntu.

I suppose the basic function would work very well. However, what about stuff like Printer drivers or DVD drivers. For example, for my Canon printer, I went to check out Canon's website and they have the drivers for all the versions of Windows and Mac, but not for Ubuntu.
 

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i using ubuntu for my workplace. works fine for me. what specifically wont work is hard to say. some stuff might need tweaking. if u r new to it maybe u can try a dual boot system. then u can go back to winxp to print if u nid .. for hardware issues try googling for ubuntu+canon+printermodel then u can find specific answers
 

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one of the best linux distro around
dun worry abt drivers and support.
big community of ubuntu users around
just google or post a qn in the ubuntu forums.
 

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It looks like it ain't gonna to be that difficult and so worth give it a try.:think:

Thanks for all the feedbacks. :)
 

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there are actually other good distros around
fedora, knoppix, gentoo, suse, red hat, sabayon... list goes on and on.
each distro has a purpose and direction in mind
and since most distros are freeware and opensource
so getting help has never been an issue, u just need to be nice and know where to look for it.

i am guessing, with ubuntu, it reached out to a large group of people who saw it as a easy replacement to windows and it arrive at the rite time, when XP became bloated ware. and ubuntu's stress is on usability, well i guess most people want this.
 

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I'm running Ubuntu Linux along with Mac OS X and Windows XP. It's quite interesting and you can get things done but there seem to be more holes than solutions.

It's a fine operating system if what you want is to handle e-mail and surf the web and develop software. If you want to watch DVDs or do something else that requires proprietary software, you have to be creative and find the missing bits because Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) doesn't install them by default. The idea of free software is important to them. It comes in multiple varieties also. The default uses the GNOME GUI but Kubuntu uses KDE and usually lags in support a bit.

Printing may work well locally but I don't know. I share my Mac OS X printers, which solves finding a printer driver. A lot of printers are supposedly supported.

You may enjoy the experiment. It's been interesting for me, but getting something done on Linux always seems years away.
 

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I you can get things done but there seem to be more holes than solutions.

It's been interesting for me, but getting something done on Linux always seems years away.
Thanks bousozoku for the info. Looks like it ain't a bed of roses, more like got thorns as well.
 

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Thanks bousozoku for the info. Looks like it ain't a bed of roses, more like got thorns as well.
haha seriously, winxp and mac got thorns too.. its just that ubuntu and mac users are more willing to help u prune the thorns.
winxp.. u just have more frens that get pricked together :bsmilie:
 

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haha seriously, winxp and mac got thorns too.. its just that ubuntu and mac users are more willing to help u prune the thorns.
winxp.. u just have more frens that get pricked together :bsmilie:
That's generally true. People using Red Hat or SuSE distributions are more likely to write "RTFM" instead of helping. They're such a kind bunch. :bsmilie: Ubuntu users tend to be less technical and more helpful.

I've found a few thorns in Mac OS X but Apple wipes them away right before the next major upgrade. Mac users generally will give you a map around the thorns and Windows users won't tell you anything but they'll laugh each time you get stuck.
 

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Nothing beats YAST from opensuse.
 

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