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Linux is finally ready for me

Permalink 04/16/08 at 08:05:03 pm, by Ed, 289 words   English (US)
Categories: Programming

With the latest release of Ubuntu, planned for April 24th, it should finally be deemed not only ready for the masses and therefore be installed on any computer as a free alternative for windows, but also ready for me. I've tried on too numerous occasions to actually get Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Knoppix, and straight Debian to work on my system, none of which have worked.

This is due to the fact that the developers choose not to include drivers for my graphics card (or any ATI card... which is about half of the market) in the distribution, which means somebody like me would have to figure out how to set that up myself. This is not easy. There have been guides I've followed, troubleshooters I've read over, and drastic measures I've taken, but nothing has ever, ever gotten Ubuntu working on my Radeon x800 card.

However, the release on the 24th is aimed at "finally" gearing itself toward mass user installation, that is, anybody who has installed Windows should be able to do the same with this setup, and it should work. It will even install drivers for any hardware it can find drivers for, even if they're "proprietary" and not "free as in free speech" despite the fact that they're all still "free as in beer", and here's the necessary bit: automatically.

So finally, some group of OSS developers is smart enough to care more about usability than the philosophy of open source, and this may be a big step in the right direction. Coupled with Vista's massive failure, Linux is looking much better than it ever has.

Hopefully they don't exclude CS majors from their automatic-happy setup because we "should know how" to do it our selves.

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