[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu/Linux is still not an OS for the masses - discuss

Paul Jones paul at pjitsolutions.co.uk
Wed Oct 13 14:06:41 BST 2010

 I have.
With previous Live CD's I've had a menu instead of it just booting
straight in which has allowed me to select the resolution and toggle
VGA mode with just an F key pressed. Granted I had to initiate this
myself but it did work.
10.04 and 10.10 seem to skip this "boot screen" in my experience
though, although there may be a way of toggling it.
I understand what you are saying about the masses not wanting to have
to faff with command lines etc but I dont think most average users are
even going to have heard of Linux let alone try to install it. However
my 19yo sister recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook remix on her
Acer Netbook with no issues at all.
I think the problems you are having are probably fairly rare, I've
installed Ubuntu/Kubuntu/SuSe/Mandriva/Linuxmint on at least 10
different physical PC's plus in VM's as well and never experienced the
problem you have. I have however had Windows many times over the years
crash after installing and do nothing but blue screen of death, indeed
my recent decision for moving permanently to Ubuntu 10.10 was due to
Microsoft updates pulling down a new Intel GFX driver and causing the
PC to hang on every boot, even a system restore didnt work.
I think most average users who stick in an Ubuntu Live CD will
probably be able to install it without the issues you describe. I'm
not saying youre lying or anything of that sort, but I think you
should try and install it on other machines and judge your experience
based on more than just this one machine. (Unless I've misread and you
have this same issue on multiple systems).

----- Original Message -----
From: UK Ubuntu Talk 
Sent:Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:57:53 +0100
Subject:Re: [ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu/Linux is still not an OS for the
masses - discuss

 Just seen Alan Bell's post and he has mentioned something no one
 has, there is meant to be a failsafe X in low res mode. I didnt know

 that and have not in 4 years seen that mentioned before. Has anyone 
 else ever seen Ubuntu boot in this failsafe mode? What is meant to 
 trigger this mode?

 If it just worked then my son could do it but 4 out of 4 failures
 for me it didnt just work.

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