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: lemur2
by ride01 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 10:57 UTC
ride01
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2005-09-23

Linux still has major "ease of use" issues.

I tried installing Mint Linux yesterday. Mint Linux is just Ubuntu with features that 99% of users will want, such as the simple ability to play MP3 files. (It is difficult to figure out how to install MP3 functionality on Ubuntu currently)

I was hoping that Mint Linux was the final proof that Linux was "ready for the desktop", but I was sorely disappointed.

If you want to install Mint Linux on a partition (or disk) other than your computer's "main" drive/partition, and you do not wish GRUB to overwrite your current boot manager (such as Windows XP, BeOS, or any other third party solution) the obstacles are great.

The Mint Linux installer (same one used by Ubuntu) assumes that the user only has Linux installed on his machine, and will try to install GRUB on the first partition/drive. If the user chooses not to do this, he is presented with a text field in which he is to enter the desired install location for GRUB.

He is NOT given a choice of existing drives/partitions, with helpful information, such as NAME or even partition size.

Instead, the user is forced to type in a location manually.

I made a partition on my hard drive for Linux. (Actually, I had to go back and make TWO partitions for Linux. This is another "ease of use" obstacle in my opinion)

The TWO new partitions I made were the fifth and second partitions on my drive.

The Mint-GRUB installer had "(hd0)" pre-typed into the path text field. Because I did not want GRUB to erase my existing boot manager, I had to cancel the 10-minute install procedure, boot back into Windows, and look this up on Google.

I have searched for a few hours on this subject. I still do not know the correct information to type into this stupid GRUB text field.

Some Google evidence suggests that I should type in "hda5" or "(hda5)". Other sources state that GRUB refuses the "a" character, and needs "0" instead.

(I would have never known what "hda" meant without searching Google, btw. Also, LINUX operating systems use this designation to mean "Hard Drive 0". HOWEVER... GRUB does NOT!!")

HEY! THIS IS EASY AND WONDERFUL!!!!!

Ok, so maybe I should type in "(hd05)". ???

BUT... Yet another Google source states that in LINUX!, EXTENDED partitions start at "4", and logical partitions start at a different number... (AWESOME!!!!)

I have tried several times to install this thing, and it is just too much trouble.

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