I reinstalled Ubuntu, and this time, I looked around for the guides that said specifically: “for absolute beginners/noobs/idiots”, and walked through their instructions. Magically, they worked!
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My first two months of using Ubuntu were pretty… difficult. Installing Linux on a laptop (for complete beginners) was supposedly a relatively complex task (specially if, like me, you don't like asking questions on forums). So I basically ended up with a pretty buggy installation (less buggy than my Windows partition, even though my laptop is only three months old).