bilyo wrote:Let me start by saying that I am a computer user. They are a tool for getting other things done. They are not my vocation, avocation, or hobby. I have learned enough to do necessary maintenance and operations. I am not an expert nor do I desire to be one. I do have high regard for those who are.
I do like Linux distros in general. I recently tried the Mint/Mate live CD and liked the look and feel of it. So, to give it more trial, I installed it and started configuring it for daily use. After installation and updating, the first thing I did was try to establish a wireless network connection. Frankly, I have better things to do than spend hours searching for answers while trying to figure this out, especially, when there are other distros that make it a simple 1,2,3 process where no special knowledge is required other than network name, security method, and password. During my search for answers, I came across many other comments regarding this issue. One (might have been in this forum) even recommended development of a "wizard" to help with the process.
Regretfully, I will not be giving Mint any further consideration. I'm sure it is otherwise a fine OS.
With constructive intent,
Hope I guess right what you are talking about: setting up the local wireless network connection to your own DSL router?!bilyo wrote:[...] other distros that make it a simple 1,2,3 process where no special knowledge is required other than network name, security method, and password
I love Linux but only want to dig in on the technical stuff so far
As an actual user of Mint I urge you to learn the ins and outs of using the forum. It is actually one of the best information and help sites you will find relating to Mint. However if you want something different The Ubuntu site is setup somewhat differently and provides some of the same information presented in a somewhat different manner.
Easier said then done unfortunately, Linux is a very dynamic environment with a constant stream of changes coming down the pipe. Kernel changes, applications updates, new hardware, DE advancements, etc make any database maintained by a small volunteer group a next to impossible to setup and maintain. There are however a number of folks who do work on such Linux databases on their own, you have to just look around.
It is a freely distributed, volunteer project for the most part, so it is what is. If one wants professional support there are a number of Linux distros that provide that, for a price.
Your right about that the forum search feature, it sucks in my opinion that is why I don't use it. However once you learn to use one of the other search engines to search the forum things gets much easier and productive.
HW filter which has the same selection on brand and type having all kind of stuff in it anyway?? Missing components I highly doubt nobody tried to run the OS on?
That is the way community supported distros work. The user hardware base is always more diverse and larger then that of the developers. So when a user hits a snag they can file a report which helps to make up for the smaller developers hardware base. But it would be nice if the developers had all the necessary hardware and staff to check all the possible computer configurations.
+1If one can't handle this sort of bump then chances are the actual real challenges will derail them.
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