Some background: I’m not a network engineer, software engineer (designer??), or any flavor of computer wizard. After having a mysterious disaster with Windows 10 I was told by a “friend” that I should switch to Linux and that Ubuntu would be the best choice. Not knowing any better, I took the bait.
Using the documentation on the site for creating a thumb drive with Ubuntu 20.10 on it, I completed that process and even used the drive on what was left of my Win10 system. Everything seemed to work just fine. Fooled me.
I moved further into the process and did a full install. At the end of the install (and it was rather quick, I must admit) I received an error notice that various “pkgs” could not be installed. Yet, everything seemed to work very well. Again, fooled me.
After finishing the install I wanted to use some of the “easy” features of Ubuntu. You know, like installing Ubuntu friendly software that I had been using on my Win10 machine. Good luck with that. Every time I tried to install something I got an error message that the program “was not compatible”. First recouse was the Internet, of course.
Lots of information on the Internet on “how to fix” this issue or that. Absolutely none of them has worked. Not one.
During my research I discovered that one can play Windows based games on Ubuntu. Ok. Let’s try that. PlayonLinux, “not compatible”. It didn’t show up in the list of “Installed” software. But, lo and behold, when a search was done for the software there it was and it was supposedly already installed.
I have spent hours dealing with issues like this. Software has not been installed. Software that’s supposed to be available doesn’t even show up. And even Steam doesn’t work.
Honestly, if I had known that there would be this many problems installing Ubuntu and getting to function I would have learned to live with the Windows problems. I can also honestly say that I cannot and will not recommend Ubuntu to any of my friends. It seems that the documentation has been written for those who are experienced with software installation/management/troubleshooting. It is not for beginners.
Thanks for the effort but, I’m simply going to drop the cash for another computer.