Ben has an old XP machine and is thinking of installing Ubuntu Linux on it. Leo says he can do that, but he could also upgrade to Windows 7 or maybe even Windows 8. Ubuntu is a great OS, but he won't be able to use his Windows apps with it. Windows 7 is a lean, mean OS that can run on older machines quite well.
Adam wants to get a linux ubuntu laptop. Leo says he's tried them and they are overpriced. He says that it's better, and often cheaper, to just get a Windows machine and put Ubuntu on it himself.
He should check out Linus Torvald's famous email announcing his new OS called "Minux."
Jay wants to know if he needs to remove Windows on his PC before he tries Ubuntu Linux. Leo says he could wipe Windows and install Ubuntu if he wants, but that isn't his only option. He can also create a dual boot situation where he can choose on boot up which OS he wants to run. That's a good option for those just starting out with Linux.
Travis has an old Dell PC that has Windows XP and has been bit by viruses. What he'd like to do is not only start over, but start over with Linux. But unfortunately, his optical drive isn't working right. Leo says that even if the optical drive is seen by the PC, if it's not reading a disc, it's likely their broken. Could it work if he clean out the dust? Leo suggests to use a small hand vacuum to suck out the dust, that would avoid static electricity. But also check the connectors themself. But a DVD drive is very cheap to replace.
Brent has a TV tuner card in his computer with two screens, and he's using Linux. He wants to dedicate one of his monitors to TV. Leo says that is likely a software issue and that Hauppage doesn't support Linux. That doesn't mean there isn't a third party open source driver option. MythTV is a linux based system and they have a list of which cards work and which don't in Linux.
Leo says it could be a driver issue with the video card, or an incompatible driver. Check with ATI on it. He should make sure he's using the most recent version, and Leo recommends trying the 32 bit version as well.
Kevin is a Linux guy who runs two different flavors of the open source OS. He's having one issue though and that's with playing YouTube videos on Savion Linux. The people in these YouTube videos appear blue! Leo says it would've been a flash issue if it was true with either version of Linux, but with Savion only? That's crazy! So it must be a color issue (that Leo has dubbed "Smurfing.")
Leo says that dogs age 7 years for every human year, and with computers it's even worse. Computers probably age 15 years for every 1 year. So it's not surprising that it's slow. If he were to restore it to the way it came from the factory, it would be exactly as fast as it was then. The problem is, over time, we want to use newer software. The web has also gotten a lot more elaborate. If he wants to do exactly what he was doing in 2005, it would be as fast as it was then. But that's not the case, he's doing more modern things and using more modern software.