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  1. The terminal states "You will have to enable component called 'universe'" when I try to install ndiswrapper.
  2. I asked this question in the other thread, but I see this is a better place for it. I am trying to hook in to my Belkin wireless router but having no luck. I've been seeing many folks mention that this is not an uncommon issue and often drivers need to be downloaded from the manufacturer's site? I went to the Belkin site and see a firmware and easy install wizard that I can click on. Do I use a wired connection when running the live ubuntu cd to download these items and then open them and follow directions a la windows or mac? Thanks for the help, I'm enjoying this process, but it has its challenges. Peace, Bman
  3. Thanks. I installed ubuntu, and I'm currently figuring out how to get it to detect my wireless signal. We'll see?
  4. After a week of getting up to speed about the bare Linux minimum, I managed to get a live CD up and running, loving it. My first problem, I can't access my wireless signal. I can't find a 'search for signal' mechanism or anything similar. Can anybody out there point me in the right direction? Thanks.
  5. When I buy a Linux Computer I focus on network, processor/RAM, harddisk. Linux is a networking operating system, it is great for all things network, make sure the ethernet is 1000Mbps (usually called 1Gethernet). You may not have 1Gpbs Ethernet routed today but you will. Linux does not require ultra-fast processors but you want to pick something that is x86 processor based with 64-bit architecture (AMD-Athlon64 or Intel-Pentium) and a relatively common motherboard so support for peripherals is not an issue. Memory is cheap, 2GB RAM. Harddisk: SATA is the nascent technology, SATA-I=1.5Gbps, SATA-II=3.0Gbps(max) I am not particularly concerned about the video card since I always run VNC. I only need the Video Card for boot and initial installation. I then move the Linux Box into a closet with excellent network access and run everything remotely. I can do this from anywhere on the planet. That all said, you could dust off an old PC from a few years ago and install Debian/FedoraCore/Ubuntu/... It will work great with the older hardware. That is were Linux/GNU shines. It doesn't need but can use a 256MB Graphics Processor just to run like Vista. It doesn't need but can use 2GB RAM. It doesn't need but can use 750GB Harddrive. I scavenge 2-3 year old PC at work and load Linux/GNU on them creating a server farm. I just need AC power and an 100Mbps Ethernet Connection and I am good to go. Thanks. Can you explain more what you mean by "networking operating system" and does this have anything to do with linux not being susceptible to viruses? Sorry about the quoting the entire thread, not sure how to get out of that. Thanks again.
  6. Again, I'm just getting ready to dip my toes in the Linux water. I've settled on a couple of distros that I want to begin with, but I still have some basic questions. I don't have any specific computer needs that require Linux. I run a small business and I'm interested in Linux because of the open-source and free philosophy. I also like to tinker with computers a bit, but not to the extent that I write code or anything like that. That being said, I need to be able to hook up peripherals such as printers, cameras, storage devices, etc for my business. I realize that I may have to put some time in at the beginning to get everything dialed in, but will I have compatibility issues in the long term if I run a distro like Ubuntu? Also, I'll be getting a new computer soon. Are there specific new computers that do better with Linux than others. Thanks, Bman
  7. I'm just beginning to dip into the Linux universe and am having basic questions. I'm not quite ready to install because I can't quite figure out what's going on yet. To begin with, what is the difference between the different distros and the different user interfaces/desktop environments? Do all the distros have access to all of the different interfaces, and if this is the case, then what distinguishes one distro from another? Thanks, bmann
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