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Old 29. Sep 2009, 06:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Being new to Ubuntu, I haven't installed it yet. Just got my free OS cd direct from Ubuntu. If it is as most say it is, the only thing left to make sure it will run our already installed printers, faxes, scanners etc. I know that they will have to be reinstalled etc. But, how do we get the drivers? Does anyone know if Ubuntu has drivers for most hardware? Epson, HP, etc?
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Old 30. Sep 2009, 02:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Being new to Ubuntu, I haven't installed it yet. Just got my free OS cd direct from Ubuntu. If it is as most say it is, the only thing left to make sure it will run our already installed printers, faxes, scanners etc. I know that they will have to be reinstalled etc. But, how do we get the drivers? Does anyone know if Ubuntu has drivers for most hardware? Epson, HP, etc?
Any info will be greatly appreciated
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This is where the rubber meets the road. My experience After several tries of different Distro's I find that the distro will attempt to match your hardware with the correct drivers. In my case my greatest success is with SimplyMepis. I am in no way advocating Mepis. It just worked for me. If there is a way to check the Distro's compatibility with your hardware, by all means try it. It will save you time.

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Old 30. Sep 2009, 04:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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But, how do we get the drivers? Does anyone know if Ubuntu has drivers for most hardware? Epson, HP, etc?
Any info will be greatly appreciated
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Unfortunately with Ubuntu the user information base is pretty extensive so it can take a while to track down your exact requirements. That said, it is all there and most of it will have been seen before and advised.

http://ubuntuforums.org/

Try here first by entering the driver names you might want into the search field. When you install you might find yourself actually needing less extra bits than you thought
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Old 01. Oct 2009, 02:25 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yes first make sure on all your hardware. Out of the box depending how old your hardware is, it will support most of your devices. Installing devices, or setting up a network in Ubuntu is such a joy. To me it feels actualy easier than windows.

Updating your repositery should be yout first step i suppose...
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Moblin seems do not support my netbook model yet. So instead of trying Moblin, I've downloaded Ubuntu 9.04 iso file and install it on my desktop.

At first it doesn't detect my default LCD screen resolution, after a few clicks here and there, reboot, hey, resolution is detected now.

Internet connection and audio device are auto detected. Dual boot, with its default bootloader Grub, to Win7 looks OK

Looks like I'm joining the Ubuntu gang now, after MC

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Looks like I'm joining the Ubuntu gang now, after MC
Hey, don't blame me - I'm in enough trouble already over other things!
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Old 19. Oct 2009, 05:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ok
After having mepis installed for 2 years I figured I would give ubuntu a spin. I made one big mistake. I went ahead and installed it on my hard drive.
First: It would not allow me to carve out my own partition the way I wanted. It just went ahead and created its own root and swap partions with no input by me. This might be good for most people but not for someone that has multiple partitions already.
Second: It gave me no choice on where it placed grub. Yup wrote it right to my MBR
Third: It relabeled my partitions.
*note* I did not choose the advanced install meathod. I chose the install side by side option.
My bad
Fourth: It did not recognize my nvidia hardware while mepis did. and of course it thought my lexmark printer was a paper weight. (no suprise there)
Although after some looking around I was impressed with the interface and thoughtful desktop.
Final verdict. Simply Mepis still works best for me.

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As you say you didn't use the advanced install, I've never had any problem partitioning how I want. The fourth point might have something to do with Ubuntu being very strict with its no propriety software included standards. You have to install it all after Ubuntu is installed. Try Mint.

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Moblin seems do not support my netbook model yet. So instead of trying Moblin, I've downloaded Ubuntu 9.04 iso file and install it on my desktop.

At first it doesn't detect my default LCD screen resolution, after a few clicks here and there, reboot, hey, resolution is detected now.

Internet connection and audio device are auto detected. Dual boot, with its default bootloader Grub, to Win7 looks OK

Looks like I'm joining the Ubuntu gang now, after MC
Try the Ubuntu Remix version for netbooks very good.
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Old 20. Oct 2009, 03:34 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Ubuntu detected all my hardware

The only way to actually find out is to try it out..
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Old 27. Oct 2009, 01:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The official release of Ubuntu 9.10 will be available for free download on Thursday 29 October, 2009.

See this review Ubuntu 9.10 -- Even better than before

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With the release of Ubuntu 9.10 , Canonical is certainly bringing Linux more closer to the “normal user” and coupled with the fact that it is FREE, I see no reason in not wanting to test it.
I'll give it a try this weekend.

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This sounds very tame now after what happened with the site over the past two days but..... having messed around with all the available browsers I find Opera 10 (for me at any rate) to be the best option. It's faster than Firefox, even after upgrading, and if you can live without some of the extension capabilities I recommend giving it a try. Installed the x64 flash as per these instructions too and YouTube worked first time.

I've always liked the mail integration in Opera and the Linux version works just as well. I guess the overall package is similar to the new Seamonkey suite but it's much better put together and I just couldn't get flash to work in Seamonkey (V2.0) no matter what method I tried.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OperaBrowser
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