Fedora 8.0.1

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I like it, but like most Linux variants it does not like my computer.
For reasons I cannot understand they identify my laptop's soundcard, but identify the speakers as surround sound instead of the built in ones. Plus, the werewolf cannot seem to find a wireless signal at all, so my wireless connection is useless.

Unfortunately, that is one area in which Linux is still not doing well in. Windows drivers are often used via ndiswrapper, fw-cutter, etc. Also, if you have WPA/WPA2 enabled, wpa-supplicant is required to be installed and configured. It is a hassle to set up wireless on Linux sometimes, but once it is done, make a backup of the entire drive, and you have yourself a preconfigured system image that can easily be used to restore your PC.

rpgfan said,
Unfortunately, that is one area in which Linux is still not doing well in. Windows drivers are often used via ndiswrapper, fw-cutter, etc. Also, if you have WPA/WPA2 enabled, wpa-supplicant is required to be installed and configured. It is a hassle to set up wireless on Linux sometimes, but once it is done, make a backup of the entire drive, and you have yourself a preconfigured system image that can easily be used to restore your PC.

Thanks for the information, I really do want to switch to Linux, but with my lack of knowledge I think I will wait and buy a Laptop with Linux preinstalled, though I suppose I could get an extensive manual.