I am new to linux. I am a windows user.
Years(1999ish) ago I multi-booted windows and debian linux with
puppy linux. It went rather well. I quickly realized that
windows is a much better os for the average user, and linux was
for "Nerds" and teckies. No advantage other than better security and
it was free. The disadvantages are too many to list here(for the average user)
Fast forward(2009) and all the hype about Ubuntu.
I decided to give it a try as it is being toted as
a valid option to windows seven.
As an old windows user I was only going to try it if it could multi-boot
along side of windows xp(I am currently using that OS). The install
went fairly well, however i needed to create space for the linux partition
manually and swap file. also had to Know what mounting a partition was to
have it all work out(Here is flaw one..windows(read average) users would expect automatic
migration tool with higher end interface).
I figured it out with the help of an O'reily web page.
It went smoothly. Windows was booting along side of Ubuntu!
I could connect to the net via wire(Ubuntu built its own driver..smarter than windows).
But no native drivers were available and the wireless features of
my laptop were not available. I went to the toshishba web site, no
Ubuntu drivers for a generic Realtec(atheros) wireless(Flaw # 2, very serious in
2009 to not be able to surf wirelessly "out of the box").
I put that on the back burner. I am assuming that by doing some fancy update and
linux world contortion I could get it to work. (I expected this when I started)
What really got me though(And why I am posting here) is trying to do something as simple
as editing the boot menu. I am now 3 days in to this problem and no closer to a solution.
In the windows world two days tops to figure out a kludy solution..
flaw 3(I know its beta 4 but don't release a beta Grub with a general ubunta .) makes it impossible to hide the boot menu and/or adjust the time out. From what
I am reading this only effects people multi-booting with windows xp).
It is a very small bug I know, but the creators must have figured that most Windows users
would only migrate to Ubuntu over time and most would want to be able to multi-boot.
This should of been enough to ensure using a stable boot loader for a wide release...
Anyway, thats my take. Linux has its features that make it attractive to the administrative
type. It no doubt has way better security and it is free. However if its goal is to win over
the average user, it misses the mark by a mile. Good luck with Ubuntu. I will try it again
in the future when they iron out these issues.