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October 16, 2007


Richard Chapman

You should hope your post slips by the other Linux watchful. If it doesn't then you'll get buried in some rather unpleasant responses.

Ok, here it goes. I will simplify your post into one sentence, see if you can spot the flaw. I tried to get Ubuntu working with my wifi card but Linux doesn't work. You seem to have fallen into the trap laid by the clueless press. Ubuntu is NOT Linux. It's one Linux distro of many good ones. Ubuntu is a very respected distro but not necessarily the best one for your machine.

If you take the time to learn more about Linux and make the effort to get Linux working on your machine, you'll be rewarded with a computer that is nearly impervious to malware, boots up and shuts down in under a minute, does NOT report back to the mothership on you, will not degrade in performance over time and is far more configurable than any operating system on the planet.

I don't know what your circumstances are with your Internet connection (you ordered Ubuntu rather than downloaded it) but my advice would be to download PCLinuxOS and give it a try, it has very good hardware detection. Another thing you should do before trying any distro is this: Google "your wifi card" with "distro of choice". You are bound to get some good information.

Linux is free but don't expect it configure itself completely without any user input any more than you'd expect XP to install itself complete with antivirus, firewall, office suite, registry cleaner, full suite of user games, and an "Add"/Remove program manager that actually *ADDS* programs. You may want to visit this page "http://faler.wordpress.com/2007/10/14/linux-is-a-no-go/", he had problems similar to yours. Which ever way you go Ubuntu...I mean Linux, or XP, good luck.

Blog owner (Rich Hoeg) responding to Richard Chapman (author of comment):

Thanks for the excellent comment. While I now appreciate your point about Ubuntu vs. Linux, the Ubuntu web site describes themselves in this manner: "Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers." Thus, it is more than the press that caused my confusion. My goal was to find a desktop version of Linux which could be easily installed.

As I stated, my install worked perfectly if all I wanted was a desktop, hard wired computer. Wireless was the issue.

It will be sad if I get bombarded with negative comments by Linux supporters. This was a serious attempt to try a new option, on a blog which focuses upon the idea that "knowledge should be free".

Thanks again. I'll visit the link you recommend ... Rich Hoeg.

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