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Some thoughts about using Ubuntu as a non-Linux savvy, but comfortable Windows user since I’ve been using it for a week or so (I ran it off of the live disc before the installation on the weekend):

The only thing that didn’t work was my monitor settings. I have a Dell 2005FPW wide-screen LCD monitor. Ubuntu wouldn’t display a resolution above 1280×1024. It was ugly. And I had no way of fixing it myself.

Sure, there were forum posts and articles galore about it, but as an extremely novice user, editing anything by command line is intimidating. (I haven’t covered the command line or terminal in my projects from the book, yet. I think it’s the next chapter). Until a few days ago, I had no idea what a “sudo” command was. Some of you might remember that the only thing a terminal is good for is the “secret internet”.

This is something that would be incredibly frustrating if I didn’t have someone to help me. It even took Paul a number of times to get the right modeline to fix my problem. This is something that would have probably eventually driven me back to Windows.

These are the types of issues that Linux and Ubuntu need to overcome if more users like me are ever going to be convinced to switch.

For the record, the fix is for the Xorg.config file is here. Let me know how it worked for you.