Unfortunately, I don't see a lot of official Linux support for their webcams on their website, though a quick google shows that there are Linux drivers available. I've not used any webcams under Linux, so I can't say how reliable they are.
She uses skype, and there's a linux version of skype, so it's just a matter of finding a webcam that's linux/skype compatible.
I successfully updated my laptop to Ubuntu9.10 WITHOUT a CD/USB
used unetbootin to get basic installation and did sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop from there. went like a greased breeze. easier than Pie, and i love pie....
Mind you, my laptop is getting close to 10 years old and is on its last legs... but hey, better to get the most out of it with linux than waste my time with windows...
Anybody hear of such a thing I can't find it anywhere.
used unetbootin to get basic installation and did sudo apt-get
install ubuntu-desktop from there. went like a greased breeze. easier
than Pie, and i love pie....
Do you have any other Ubuntu machines? There's a menu item under System-->Administration called "USB Startup Disk Creator" which lets you create installable USB images from .iso images. It works surprisingly well.
some place like that has some kind of small machine for $35 that
somebody managed to hack linux onto, thus making a $35 netbook.
ZipIt wireless ... that name sounds familiar. I think someone among us works there, but I can't remember who.
Grrrr.....kernel updates. No video driver to go with it. Now my second monitor doesn't work.
Why don't the developers pre-release kernel updates to the video driver vendors so we have a fighting chance of having our systems function properly after updates? Especially since there does not seem to be any way to turn of the notifications. Hell I even waited a day before updating to allow time for the new drivers to be released.
No...that's Fedora. No way to tell it to stop up dating..or only up date on Sundays at 1:00 AM...that would solve the problem. I could just boot the previous kernel I suppose.....
No...that's Fedora. No way to tell it to stop up dating..or only up
Actually, you can tell it to stop updating.
Yum.conf(?) has excludes, which you can apply to kernel-*
There is certainly nobody forcing you to run yum-updatesd or puplet or to click on the confirmation dialog box, either.
I second the "that's Fedora", though. If you want API stability, run CentOS, or if you want video driver support in a roll-your-own, use vanilla kernels, or perhaps maintenance project kernels. (Which don't integrate nearly as well with Fedora...)
Linux in general does a bad job at API stability, but I'd expect better API stability from patches to a popular distro like Fedora. They really do treat you like guinea pigs.
yo don't have to run any of this.
It's still a free country...I can complain all I want! Not that it does any good.
In any case, the Linux proselytizers like to claim how much better Linux is than Windows. Sadly, it just ain't true. I wish it was. It is the installation and configuration issues that hold Linux back. They tend to forget that you have to have a system that runs all of the time even after updates. You shouldn't have to worry about reconfiguring something as basic as your video card after a routine update.
And most linux geeks are not joe average.
Whether that stance has hurt or helped linux in the long term is debatable.
But at the same time it must be remembered that it was not very long ago that Windows was pretty awful in this regard too. It has really only been the last maybe 5 years that Windows has been pretty stable, and that is only because once they got XP settled down, people stuck with it for a while and would not let go. Windows Vista was effectively skipped. Bottom line is that Linux exists because of its unique development model and while I would prefer that there were a czar of linux whoop-ass who could lay down the law in regard to compatibility management, and end these problems.. I recognize that such things are unlikely to happen quite like that in open-source-land.
Just like Microsoft is unlikely to change their behavior either...
It has nothing to do with Linus in this case, really. A distro like Fedora should standardize on a single compatibility level of the kernel, and any updates should not break source compatibility with driver modules, at minimum, so that people like NVidia who have their "binary blob plus source-compiled glue layer" model, can have their stuff continue to work.
Sadly Fedora just doesn't do what they allege they're going to do, in this regard. RHEL does a much better job of it.
from any credits in CentOS:
--- CentOS-Base.repo 2009-08-21 17:24:26.000000000 -0400
+++ CentOS-Base.repo.rpmnew 2009-10-01 08:27:30.000000000 -0400
@@ -1,6 +1,5 @@
-# This file uses a new mirrorlist system developed by Lance Davis for
# The mirror system uses the connecting IP address of the client and
# update status of each mirror to pick mirrors that are updated to and
# geographically close to the client. You should use this for CentOS
@@ -17,7 +16,6 @@