Back again after a while away. I've just loaded Fedora 17 and 18 onto an old works laptop and find 18 is much improved for novices like me as it loads similar to windows. You know click and hope, no altering scripts or what ever you call them.
Fedora 18 took 1/2 hr to download. dropped the Iso onto a DVD and bunged it onto my laptop. It has libre pre-installed to enable reading any microsoft office excel documents. It now plays MP3's, where as 17 didn't. Sadly it still doesn't play any type of DVD, even unprotected ones, like my chinese Tom and Jerry's! Therefore my aging Xandros OC3 free distro is still the best LINUX for me so far. It just wouldn't see the sound card on my newer laptop.
I must admit i'm impressed with Fedora for getting me on the web with my mobile Hawei wireless unit and PAYG sim card.
I also tried PCLinux, this worked fine booting from the CD, but hit a problem when trying to install to HD.
Ubunto again the CD runs fine and it looks a great distribution, but again unable to get it to install onto HD.
I think if the Linux developers could spend more time making their installers more bullet/idiot/barry proof, more normal people (that came out wrong, but you know what i mean!), would use LINUX.
My problem is i just like messing but cant abide reading manuals. i was the same with vehicles and i could still rebuild engines! Just...