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Switching to Linux, got some driver questions


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#1 Karen075555

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:15 PM

I recently had some computer problems (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic205750.html) and now I need to format my other computer. I don't have a Windows CD, and refuse to buy one so the only alternatives is to pirate one, or use Linux. I went with Linux. I've used Linux before in school, but its been a while and I am not complete familiar with it. I've decided to use Ubuntu but am not sure about a few things.

The only things I use my computer for is internet, iTunes, and some typing. I get my connection through this wireless adapter (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2470735&sourceid=1500000000000003142050&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=2470735).

My question is if I install the newest version of Ubuntu and install it onto my old computer how will the drivers work?

Will it recognize my devices, like Windows does, or will I need to install drivers for it?

If so where do I get drivers that will work on Linux? Will Windows drivers work? (Probably a dumb question)

Do most programs have Linux versions (iTunes being the most important, I can't go without my iTunes)

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:51 AM

depends, im hit and miss with drivers on my linuxsystesm. I never did get my ATI card to work with opensuse, however it is working fine with Ubuntu. Ubuntu for the most part is pretty good for finding drivers Ive found in my experience, most of my drivers I needed it found automatically when I got online, and all I had to do was click download. Some programs, like java gave me fits but I got around that decently easy. as far as Itunes, hmmmm thats an apple product, designed to work with macs, granted it works with windows, but I dunno. Maybe someone else here has tried it. but hope you try it, I personally love Ubuntu. So hopefully you will to.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:51 AM

I recently had some computer problems (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic205750.html) and now I need to format my other computer. I don't have a Windows CD, and refuse to buy one so the only alternatives is to pirate one, or use Linux. I went with Linux. I've used Linux before in school, but its been a while and I am not complete familiar with it. I've decided to use Ubuntu but am not sure about a few things.

The only things I use my computer for is internet, iTunes, and some typing. I get my connection through this wireless adapter (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2470735&sourceid=1500000000000003142050&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=2470735).

My question is if I install the newest version of Ubuntu and install it onto my old computer how will the drivers work?

Will it recognize my devices, like Windows does, or will I need to install drivers for it?

If so where do I get drivers that will work on Linux? Will Windows drivers work? (Probably a dumb question)

Do most programs have Linux versions (iTunes being the most important, I can't go without my iTunes)



Boot from the Ubuntu CD and give it a try without installing it. The wireless may work right off the hop. If not, check out the link below.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=588045

The Linux version of iTunes is called Songbird.
http://getsongbird.com/download/

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:01 PM

Most hardware should work out of the box with the latest version of whichever distrobution you choose (I recommend K/X/Ubuntu.) If your wireless device won't work out of the box and you can't find a driver, you should be able to use the Windows driver for it by using a program call ndiswrapper.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:22 PM

Boot from the Ubuntu CD and give it a try without installing it. The wireless may work right off the hop. If not, check out the link below.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=588045

The Linux version of iTunes is called Songbird.
http://getsongbird.com/download/


Thank you, I will try to boot it from the disk, I ordered the disk, but apparently it takes some time to arrive. Also thanks for the great links, I think the wireless adapter is a different version than mine, but it should be similiar in terms of getting it to work, I will probably try ndiswrapper if that doesn't work. Also Songbird looks great, it plays ACC, which is really important for me, since half my music was imported through iTunes, and encoded in ACC.

Thanks everyone!

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:10 PM

I've been using Ubuntu off & on for awhile.
Since I refuse to use the garbage MS is making when XP dies I will go to Linux full time.

Tonight I removed Ubuntu & installed Linux Mint , which is based on Ubuntu.

I haven't used it much but so far I think it is a step up from Ubuntu.
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