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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>> Both PCLinuxOS ans SuSe (at least) have GUI
>> "control panel" equivalents for video driver
>> parameters adjustment.

{ Which is all fine and good if you can even get X STARTED in the first place (GUI app less X = /fail/ at life) - which with the increase in off-aspect resolution (aka widescreen) displays, is increasingly unlikely.



However, it is far more likely that you won't be able to get your GUI started on a fresh install of Windows, especially Windows Vista, than it is on Ubuntu.

Also, Ubuntu Fiesty is a liveCD install. You put in the liveCD, and if X starts (as it will in 99.9% of cases), then you have no problem. If X doesn't start, then you are no worse off than before you put in the liveCD. Take the liveCD out, and either throw it away and give up, or go online with your existing setup and seek help in Ubuntu user forums. In a day or so, someone is likely to be able to tell you how to get X up & running, or tell you that it doesn't work in Feisty, perhaps you should go with PCLinuxOS for your hardware? (or some similar advice).


PS: I know that some Linux distribution liveCDs will allow you to enter boot parameters to use VESA modes, or even fall back to VESA modes if your display setup fails for X, but I'm not sure if Ubuntu does this or not ... as I've never had a problem myself.

PPS: If you really, really want Ubuntu, and in the unlikely event that no-one on user forums can tell you how to get it going, then run another liveCD that does configure X correctly (try KNOPPIX, MEPIS or PCLinuxOS), then once that liveCD is running on your target machine, copy the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf to a USB stick, then re-boot your target machine with the Ubuntu liveCD in text mode. Then copy from your USB stick back to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and follow by typing 'startx'.

Edited 2007-03-19 10:49

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