I tried to give vista a chance. I really did. It does have many major improvements over XP but overall I’ll still take XP anyway. I used vista for a long time (a couple of months) and it just irritated me more and more until I couldn’t take it and tried installing linux again.
The first time I couldn’t boot into the ubuntu live cd. It would just keep spitting out error loading something or other over and over on the console. I couldn’t get to any choices so I was screwed. I figured I’d just make do with vista but eventually couldn’t stand it anymore.
The second time around I decided to try fedora core 8. It installed itself fine but screwed up on installing the boot loader. I could boot into fedora but not windows. No big loss I can live with that, I didn’t try to fix grub. I however failed miserably at getting my wireless card working. The reason why linux is having so much difficulty is because I bought an HP dv9000 laptop this fall. Amd 64 dual core processor (bad start) and, since it’s a laptop, all kinds of random crappy internals and wireless problems. (The audio which used to always be a problem with linux a few years ago seems to generally be fine now.) After playing around with a bunch of things I read off forums and how-tos I eventually just gave up. At one point I had 3 wlan0′s, none of them functional obviously. It was sad.
So I figured I’d try ubuntu’s “alternate” cd, with the regular text-based linux installer. It worked fine. No problem. When I first logged in I got a little popup saying hey there are non-free drivers you can install. I click and tell it to install the nvidia graphics and broadcomm wireless drivers. It explains what non-free is and means and lets me decide whether I want to do it anyway. Then it just installs the stuff no problem. I then download updates to all the installed software and the system is good to go.
Linux is generally still freaking hard to get right but Ubuntu is way ahead of the pack. Everything is just so easy.
I’m sorry I strayed Ubuntu. <3