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Flummoxed 2006/11/26

Posted by Daddy Dave in Reviews, Whinge.

[Picture of KDE logo]I am thinking about switching to Linux again! Years ago, I installed it on a Toshiba Satellite 2610, and my first impressions were good and bad; good looking operating system (‘KDE’ has 4 desktops!), but difficult and geeky to install.

I have now obtained another old laptop (with a swappable bay for floppies and CD ROMS), and it is struggling to run win2k. There seems no point in replacing this with an unsupported win 98, and I do not want to spend money on the stripped-down win 98 either. In fact I want it all free — free as in free from hassle of licences, free from worry, free from cost and free from bother installing.

[Picture of Linux Logo]This suggests a return to Linux, but linux.org merely states that there are a lot of ‘distros’ out there, without explanation. I rooted about using a search engine, and heard that the latest, most user-friendly ‘distro’ (especially for people used to Windows) was called Ubuntu.

[Picture of ubuntu logo]

So I downloaded Ubuntu from ubuntu.com – but I couldn’t get it to work. The laptop’s too old! I also downloaded the live CD – Ubuntu that runs without being installed, and I must say that it looks really good on my new laptop, but even the live CD didn’t work on the old laptopdidn’t work on my old laptop.

The error was: [4294667.296000] ACPI: Unable to Locate RSDP

[Picture of Edubuntu logo]

A link on the site caught my eye — Edubuntu, so I clicked and went to edubuntu.org. This looked really good and gave me the idea that we could use the old laptop for Olivia to learn through play. I downloaded that, but again I couldn’t get it to run. Damn.

Same error about the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) and the Root System Description Pointer (RSDP). I looked at the linuk.org forum, but it was of no use other than to show that I am not alone! The ubuntu forum had suggestions — all ofwhich I tried to no avail. Some of the forum guys had tried eleven distros other than Ubuntu. I even had a look at the BIOS settings. Nothing worked.

[Picture of Xubuntu logo]

There is also Xubuntu — and this might be worth a try. The xubuntu.org site says:

[Picture of Gnome Logo]‘It is lighter on system requirements and tends to be more efficient than Ubuntu with GNOME or KDE, since it uses the Xfce Desktop environment, which makes it ideal for old or low-end machines, thin-client networks, or for those who would like to get more performance out of their hardware. ‘

[Picture of Xfce logo]

I have used up my ration of spare time, so it will have to wait! Why can’t it be simpler? This whole thing has taken several hours!


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