I promised her we’d replace her four-year-old desktop with a laptop and that was what we did. Yesterday, I bought her a new MSI S425. We already decided that with all computer upgrades in the house in the coming months, we would gradually phase out Windows and shift to Open Source — Ubuntu, in particular.
Downloading Ubuntu took half the night. We fell asleep during the download. When morning came, Sam copied the downloaded file to a flash drive, we tried installing and it didn’t work. It took help from three people — him, him and him — to learn that the downloaded ISO file had to be burned to a bootable CD to use it to install Ubuntu in the new laptop.
The installation went fine. Problem was we couldn’t install the drivers because they were meant for a Windows OS. Yuga said the newer versions of Ubuntu can auto detect hardware which would make the installation of drivers redundant. Fine.
Next thing was to configure the wifi connection. I tried, I tried… Tried for three hours and still nothing. I already checked the device manager and the wireless card had been detected. But still no connection. I read everything on the subject in the Ubuntu forums and got a headache. Couldn’t understand half the things they were talking about in there. I was beginning to wonder if Ubuntu was as user-friendly as its evangelists claimed.
See, we had to get the new laptop working because we already sold Sam’s old desktop and the buyer will come for it on Thursday. She has to move files and everything so her new laptop has to be fully functional. I told Sam if I can’t get her new laptop connected to the internet tonight, I’d get her a new copy of Windows tomorrow. But she said NO. She had been playing with her new laptop for a couple of hours and fell in love with Ubuntu. Duh, I needed a solution — fast. So, I bugged more people… :razz:
Around midnight, I sent text messages to Chin and Yuga and told them I couldn’t uninstall Ubuntu because Sam was already attached to it. Then, finally, the solution…
Chin said, “Did you turn on the switch?”
“Some computers have a wifi switch…”
Darn, I should have known. Speedy’s laptop has a wifi switch. True enough, after pressing on the switch, Sam was online. :neutral: And I was reading stuff like this in the Ubuntu forums where a lot of people like me were having problems with wireless internet…
You know, it felt like those nights when I was trying to install WordPressMU. Everyone had very technical solutions when the answers are really simple. I’m beginning to feel it’s some sort of “mindset” in the Open Source community. Everyone seems to have a complicated solution but no simple answers.