Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[3]: Much Better?
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 10:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Much Better?"
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{ Well, this doesn't have much to do with fiddling with complex config files, does it? It is, in fact, easier for the end user to grab a CD with a driver and click Next a few times in the installer dialog box, than it is to learn the syntax and read manuals on how to change configuration. }

You must compare apples with apples. In this case, you are talking about an ordinary user installing the OS. Most ordinary users trying to install Windows wouldn't know that they had to put in the driver CD for a video card, they wouldn't even know that default 640x480x16 wasn't the best resolution that their computer was capable of. Even if they did know about it all, they wouldn't be able to find the CD that came with the video card, and they probably wouldn't even know that the computer even had a video card.

Windows out-of-the-box will fail to install some drivers for most hardware configurations. Most drivers for Windows aren't written by Microsoft. Most users would be unable to rectify such an installation problem, and they are almost certainly guaranteed to encounter one.

On the other hand, Linux will install correctly at the correct resolution for most hardware. It is only the odd configuration that has a problem, and Linux can use the Vesa-modes fall-back just as easily as Windows can.

Finally, many Linux distributions offer a live CD version. You can boot the live CD, and tell instantly if Linux has drivers for all your hardware, even before you try to install. There is nothing like this sort of ease-of-install available for Windows.

Linux is easily miles ahead of Windows when it comes to ease-of-install.

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