we have been given a pc which runs unbuntu, the problem we face now is that it won't load the internet, we are not very pc minded people so is there anyone out there that may be able to help?
we connect to the internet through a livebox but it will not let us load the disc (from orange) to put the internet onto the pc (currently im on the very old pc) we were told that we should be able to just plug in the pc and it will find the interent this never happened so we tried loading the disc but it doesnt want to load the disc so we can have internet? it will load the disc so far and when you have to choose an option it doesnt show you the drop down box correctly so you therefore cant go forward from this point?? when you click on the firefox it just says server not found, sorry for the lack of info we just cant get our heads round what to do next thanks for your reply and help
we use the internet through a ethernet cable to connect to the livebox and as stated by laughing boy shouldn't need to do anything else but when we plugged it all in nothing happened, this is the whole problem?
I can't give specific advice without knowing what version of Ubuntu you have and what the specs (CPU & RAM) of your computer are. But ...
Being given a computer with Ubuntu installed, suggests that it might be quite an old computer. Windows requires a higher specced computer than Linux, and trying to install a recent version of Windows on it may not work.
Generally, I have found that Linux works as well (actually better) for inexperienced/inexpert users as Windows so long as they only want to use programs that come with the package or are available through the depositories. And, obviously, it works on old computers. OTOH, people who have got into the Windows way of doing things may not find it so easy - though there tend to be problems with adjusting to each major Windows update anyway.
I don't have a Livebox, but all reports suggest that it can work with Ubuntu, but the Livebox settings may need to be tweaked to do so. Compatibility with peripherals & cards is a problem with all OSs (a lot of things don't work with Windows 7 - especially older stuff). Linux is better for maintaining compatibility once it has been achieved, Windows is better for current stuff because manufacturers will always develop the necessary Windows drivers before launching.
I think that there are deep problems in the software that need to be addressed comprehensively.
An even deeper problem is that this thread is nine years old.