Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu ... just one!

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Sat Jul 5 12:15:03 UTC 2008

Rick wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-07-04 at 23:07 -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> Karl Larsen wrote:
>>>     He didn't like the idea of re-installing Ubuntu. But it would fix 
>>> 100% of his problems. And for those who want to use Windows for some 
>>> things just dual boot! Do not try to run both at the same time. While 
>>> possible it is very difficult to get working.
>> Please don't get into the leaping to reinstall from scratch idea to fix 
>> all the problems. Of course it would.
>> If you have a car that doesn't have a cup holder and that really bothers 
>> you, buying a brand new car would solve the problem.
>> If you have a house that has a crack or hole in the wall, buying a new 
>> house would solve the problem.
>> However, there are other ways to fix the problem without resorting to 
>> drastic measures, and it would be foolish to fix minor problems by 
>> having the first step be to simply obliterate everything and start from 
>> scratch. What will you have learned from doing that? Plus people with 
>> this attitude are often then bitching that they "had to reinstall from 
>> scratch" to fix their own self-inflicted problems.
> I truly appreciate your advice. The radical step was not a decision I
> made, but an act forced on me by external circumstances. I'm back in
> Ubuntu now, ready to make other mistakes. By the way, sorry if I seemed
> to be bitching. I was just wallowing in my own despair.

Rick, I do want to make clear that any negative connotation in my 
statements are not aimed at any particular person, including you. They 
are generalizations. There have been MANY people in situations similar 
to yours who turn around and start arguing and bitching about their 
experiences and the situation really boiled down to, "I hit my hand with 
a hammer, it hurt, hammers suck."

There have been references in the past that certain people on the list 
like to advise people to do a reinstall as a plan B or even plan A when 
things aren't working. Linux rarely is a platform where you *need* to 
resort to doing that. Hence my statements.

What is it that you are trying to do with Ubuntu that you're not having 
luck with?

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