Ubuntu an Alternative to Linspire?
rantman_2000 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 00:35:30 CST 2005
Ed Sutherland wrote:
> I'm a Linspire 5.0 user but am looking for a bit more flexibility. I'm
> looking at Ubuntu because it is debian-based, includes more recent
> versions of my favorite applications, and does have wide support both
> from the user community and a commercial entity.
> But (and you know one of those just had to appear) I don't want to give
> up the positive aspects of Linspire: zero configuration, perfect
> hardware detection and Windows support (I'm able to access my XP
> partition and use my Windows truetype fonts.)
> Am I asking for too much, or can Ubuntu provide me more freedom but not
> at the expense of desktop user friendliness? (I hope the answer is yes.
> After weeks in Linux, going back to XP is a jarring experience.)
To be completely honest, I've found that most distros these days are
equally easy to use if they're targeted at a desktop audience.
You can get read-only access to your Windows side with the stock
drivers, or you can Google for the ntfs-captive drivers for read/write
access. A word of warning about ntfs-captive, though: it's currently
unmaintained and somewhat buggy. I wouldn't use it unless you needed it.
TrueType fonts work just as well under Ubuntu as they do under other
distros. Just copy them into fonts:/// and you're all set.
As for Windows, I'm going to be removing it from my machine shortly. It
comitted suicied some time ago, so I need to remove its corpse. Don't
know what I'm going to do with the drive, though. I have a laptop (when
it's not in the shop) for my Windows-only work.
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