I am a novice but I managed to download and install 'easys' linux on my Acer TM522 notebook after several tries with the configuration modes. It looks good but does not recognize my wireless network adapter card but connects to internet via ethernet lan. Built-in Lucent Modem is also not accessible.
Also USB flash discs are not accessible. Can't figure out how to install downloaded software upgrades or drivers.
I tried to load Mandriva One on my machine but it require lot of RAM I have only 128mb which is not enough so the system does not load.
I have tried Knoppix too and liked it a lot but that too does not configure the wireless network adapter card. However, usb and lan are both working and accessible. Programs load very slowly and takes long time. Another drawback is that you cannot upgrade the softwares already included in the package.
Linux developers should make the installation process and configuration more user friendly for novices.
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