Ubunto... Kubuntu... Meh.
Well, my computer "Fire" seems to be shaping up a bit. Once we realized the cd was invalid, despite passing verification, we realized we'd spent like 2 nites pulling harddrives 5 times, ram once, cpu once, moving monitors, and all kinds of crazy shit. All of it was a wild-goose-chase stemming from thinking the computer was bad instead of the CD!
Burned a new cd. Used its self-testing method to self-test. Fine. The thing actually worked.
I wasn't sure if it was going to work, so I only installed the base package. What a mistake that was. I was all done and all I got was a unix prompt! "HELP" only revealed shell operator commands. I guess I'm supposed to know all this stuff already? I manually went thru directory trees looking for "startx" where I thought it should be. Finally, I realized I only had the base package installed.
So I decide to install the rest. How do I do it? I don't know. Apt-Get? Nah. My network wasn't configured. I said "configure network later". No opportunity was given. If "configure network later" means having to do it manually later, then warn me!!! I kidna figured I would be presented with an opportunity of equal ease to setup my network. And to install the additional packages. No fucking way.
So, yes, I had to install again starting from scratch. This time I put in my network info right away, and did the full installation.
Yay! I had a login prompt by bedtime! But... My browser wouldn't work. Oh look, my network card is greyed out.
I'd like to change the settings, but they are greyed out. They say I need to push the "Administrator Mode" button to be able to make those kinds of changes.
I do not see this button. And upon googling, I am finding other people who don't see the button. So then they have to find out the name of the binary that is being called and "sudo <binaryname>" just to use what is essentially a control panel.
Fuck that. I might just literally throw the whole computer away. This Ubuntu is not living up to it's reputation.
There's still VectorLinux to try. At least it has some cool screensavers.