OK, now I see why Linux is not for everyone... But I'm not discouraged yet... I guess it's like when I started experimenting with Windows at first, I had to look a lot of things up (or ask around, since this goes back to even before Internet became common, hehehe)
I downloaded the nVidia VGA driver for my 9600GT. I thought, cool! now all I have to do is double click on it, right? Oh boy, was I wrong
I first found that I had to execute this like in a 'command' window. I tried in the Terminal window first (after founding I had to do a sudo sh '\path\driver'... what is 'sh' exactly? will have to look it up I guess, heh), but then it said it could run because it detected an X Serv running. Found out it was talking about the desktop interface itself, or the 'desktop GUI'. So, found I had to CNTRL+ALT+F1 to enter the full screen version of the terminal (or actually, I think your actually switching out of the X Serv, and into the 'real' Linux environment), stop the desktop GUI, then run the driver installation. Ok cool! ... or not... It said it needed the 'libc' to be installed. Looked it up, found a command that actually downloaded and installed the thing. Wow, that was pretty cool! I only wished I understood what was actually going on
. Tried all this again; it needed another thing to be installed; searched and found another command to install. Will it do it now? Yes, at last! The nVidia driver installation processed also changed some config files by itself. It did though give me some error about a 'GL' file (don't remember the complete file name, I guess it's related to OpenGL), but it said that it assumed a successful install.
Once that was done, I had to restart the GUI (good thing I noted that down initially), and all seemed OK. I know the VGA driver installed correctly, because I could now enable the 'extra' visual effects of the desktop, which I could not before. Makes me wonder now, are there other drivers I could install to have things run better? Like a Creative sound card driver?
And speaking of running better, it is widely known that Linux has better ressource management, so it is expected that performance should be better than Windows on the same computer. Well, my experience so far, which is mainly Firefox 3, is that it's more sluggish. Is that normal? Maybe it's Ubuntu that's like that, maybe because it needs to run more things in the background to make the experience more user friendly?
At this point, I realise that it would be nice to have some sort of beginner's guide on Linux, and its main, commonly used commands. Also, a performance tweak guide, because I would like to know if it's running at its best performance.
The experience continues...
"The mind is like a parachute: it doesn't work unless it's open"... Frank Zappa