I’ve been using computers for 25 years, at least. I’m somewhat of an expert.
Which is why it’s frustrating that it took me all day to get what is supposed to be the easy Linux up and running with full functionality. I like Ubuntu a lot, and it ran wonderfully as a virtual machine, but running it on the bare metal presented a few problems.
On my standard, bought at Costco HP laptop, here were the things I noted:
(1) Couldn’t automatically get my nVidia drivers installed. wtf?
(2) Installed touchpad driver automatically, but not control panel for it. wtf?
(3) Doesn’t come with the standard c and c++ libraries installed. This is UNIX?
(4) Keeps trying to read the install CD for packages, and won’t stop until I text edit a file.
(5) It’s still a pain in the ass to install software sometimes. Everything should be GUI installable, no matter which Linux you have.
There is still simply too much text file editing and command line mode stuff for this to be ready for prime time. You almost never have to touch the command line in Mac OS X, yet it’s just as much of a UNIX–more even–than Linux.
Keep working, Ubuntu–you’re almost there.