He has tried SUSE 9.2, 9.3, Linspire 5.0, PCLinuxOS, etc, etc and have troubles. Then he tries Ubuntu Hoary!
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Had an Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary CD. Decided to give that a try. Popped the CD into the drive, rebooted, and wow, the install was very straight forward. Following the text based install was easy, even I could do it. Then the desktop was active. This version of Linux loaded the GNOME desktop. Being so entrenched in MS Windows, I was expecting to see the KDE desktop after install, very similar KDE to MS Windows desktop. After playing around with the GNOME desktop, I found everything logically placed and to my liking. My desktop is clean of all clutter and icons. The look and feel is growing on me every time I use Ubuntu Linux. I am really liking this, alot. The wireless connection to the internet was easy to set up. I'm impressed.
To sum it up, this newbie likes Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary Linux OS very much. I am not a programmer of any sort, neither am I a techno geek. I just want something that works, looks great and is not a hassle to work with. I give this Linux OS distro two thumbs up, especially for someone who also became a recent MS Windows refugee. Try the GNOME desktop, you might be suprised and even like it.