9.04 and 9.1 run pretty good out of the box, and may have everything you need, at least to give it a good try. I suggest not letting the automatic updates run. You dont necessarily need all of them and you can pick and choose the ones you want. You can highlight them and look at the description of what its for. Alot of those updates are for programs you may never need or use and theres no point loading down with things you may never use. Another plus to picking and choosing and downloading a few at the time, is if you start having problems after some updates it makes it alot easier to troubleshoot and fix if you dont have a couple of hundred mb of downloads to sift through to figure out which one is causing the problem. And with smaller downloads you stand less of a chance getting a corrupt download because of a connection glitch .................. last night i had another problem downloading up dates it said i needed, it was running for several hours and then failed, but i will have a go again later.
I've used Ubnuntu since version 5 and it keeps getting easier all the time. Just completed an update of 8.04LTS to 8.10 with just two gliches - Nvidia vid & network printer - both resolved in just a few minutes.I recently made the full switch to Ubuntu after running dual boot with Vista for a while. My two main concerns were audio through the HDMI which some people have had problems with and DoD CAC reader for the military. Luckily my notebook had no problems with the audio and I found a solution for the CAC reader. I'm not a big gamer on the PC so I wouldn't know about those. Aside from that, most hardware issues have been solved with Ubuntu so don't worry about that. Most software companies have realized that alot of people have been making the switch so they too have been releasing for Linux. If you go to buy a netbook and even alot of notebooks now you'll see a good chunk of them include the option of being purchased with Linux instead of a Windows OS. At first you may be a little overwhelmed with command lines and whatnot but Ubuntu makes for an easy transition.
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