Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Apr 2011 20:55 UTC
Linux Yeah, it's the day of double-dippin' today. And, the contradiction couldn't be bigger. In one corner we have one of the oldest and most respected distributions, and in the other corner we have the sometimes controversial but immensely popular relative newcomer. Slackware 13.37 and Ubuntu 11.04 have been released.
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Live-CD broken?
by avgalen on Fri 29th Apr 2011 04:30 UTC
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I downloaded the iso, burned, verified it (no problem), booted it on my Asus Netbook and my girlfriends MacBook Pro and ...... doesn't work
(first a syslinux line, then a keyboard+user image, then a black screen and 2 more minutes of cdrom lights flashing)
I used the burned iso to create a bootable usb-stick and.....doesn't work
(this time only the syslinux line appears but after 10 minutes nothing has changed)
Finally I used the burned iso to install Ubuntu (I choose inside Windows), install went fine, reboot, choose Ubuntu, get a nice 'introduction to Ubuntu' screen but no way to close it. (It was entirely unclear to me that it was still installing) After another reboot the installation WAS finished (total installation time, about 30 minutes) and a shiny desktop appeared.....completely unfit for the screensize of my netbook (1024*600). Scrolling down to application in the list on the right takes about 5 seconds and I had to find the terminal under "list 74 other programs".
I entered the system settings to check a harddisk for problems but couldn't find the check and repair tool. It took me a while to realise that I could scroll down on that screen even though no scrollbar was shown. The check and repair tool told me it couldn't work because the disk was mounted and because it was FAT32
I started the spreadsheet and after 10 seconds it had opened. I closed it and started it again, after 9 seconds it opened.
I opened my resume (Word 2010 format, VERY easy layout) and it looked garbled
Ubuntu simply isn't a good match for this netbook. It requires a more powerful machine with a higher resolution to become productive
Ubuntu also isn't suitable for a Window user like myself that is used to "Doc(X) and Fat32" just working.

It did seem to detect all my hardware, but so did Windows 7. Compared to my previous testings of Linux (startet with RedHat 5.2 about 15 years ago) hardware support and graphics has greatly been improved and I loved the "install in Windows option" that removed the need for a whole "how shall I partition things". The Live-CD / USB-Boot are simply broken and speed, usability and Windows-compatibility just aren't good enough.

Conclusion: better than before, but not good enough

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