UPDATE 11/23/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics. Trying to thin out the Media Library’s pics from posts that get few visits … hopefully it doesn’t ruin your view of the post.

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I’ve been piddling with Linux for a long time – since 1996 – and no Linux Distro has ever matched Ubuntu when it came to hardware … none … nada … zip … never. Puppy Linux was close, but not even puppy could come close to working with the array of new hardware that now shows up monthly/yearly. For me, the most difficult hardware for Ubuntu was the wireless USB Adapter.

I had Linux connecting to the internet prior to 2008, but sometimes during that year I had switched to Bell South (one of the Bells??) and got a bulky USB contraption (with a SIM card) that was plugged into the computer, and it didn’t work w/ Linux. Was in the process of moving – which involved selling first – and needed to be mobile since I would also be looking for a new plot of land to build on…i.e. build a hut on. Within a year (early 2009) Verizon bought Bell and I had to switch (Linux didn’t work with Verizon either). Had sold my property by then, and was still looking for land – tried Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, but taxes (property and/or State taxes) were too high so decided to look in Florida (where I already had lived for many years). Found some land and finished building the hut October of 2009.

Things finally settled down, winter had ended (this was North Florida and I was use to South and then Central Florida so it was the coldest winter I had spent in a long long long time). Verizon was coming out with 4G LTE Network in this area, so I upgraded my plan to 4G, and the USB contraption to a Jetpack portable mobile hotspot device. Around May of 2010 I thought to do some Linux testing again – probably tested 8 distros, and found Puppy and Ubuntu worked on the 3 computers I had at that time. However, none recognized my wireless Linksys USB adapters – not even Puppy and Ubuntu. An OS isn’t much good to me if it can’t connect to the internet, but was amazed at how well Puppy and Ubuntu got along with the other hardware on all 3 computers – none of the other distros would work on more than 1 computer. Hardware searches for Linux compatibility were still difficult – especially for a wireless USB adapter. Nowadays, like in the past 2 or 3 years, Ubuntu works with everything (that I have thrown at it).

Today, I still find Linux Distros having internet connection problems – with routers, USB adapters, and even some having problems working with the Ethernet on my isp’s modem. Recently with Namib, Kali and Clear Linux … then today with SparkyLinux. I wanted to test some really lightweight Linux Distros today – just to check them out, and SparkyLinux was snappy fast and light, but couldn’t connect to the internet. Tried Tiny Core next, and it was tiny – 18 MB iso! Just too small for me, and their website suggested as much. Mainly ‘Specialty’ Distros and certainly could be useful for those who know more about Linux.

The next test I wanted to do today involved Windows 10 and the Hyper-V Manager. I’m not a fan of Virtual Machines because the window is just too small. Have tested a Windows version in a Linux VM, and also tested a Linux in a Windows VM – both were too small for my liking. Some people do use the VM to test Linux versions within Windows, and I may give that a try also – just to piddle. Maybe the experience would be better using Hyper-V Manager?

Microsoft now lets you install Ubuntu Linux in Windows 10 using the Hyper-V Manager
Microsoft has been gradually hugging Linux closer to its heart, making it ever easier to install Linux-based operating systems within Windows 10. Now Ubuntu fans have a new option when it comes to installing their favorite distro … snip … It is now possible to install either Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or 19.04 using Windows 10’s Hyper-V Manager — the admin tool designed to make it easy to manage virtual machines … snip … The change was first spotted by German site Windows United, and it finds Microsoft making it quicker and easier than ever to run a secondary OS within Windows 10.

Ubuntu, as usual, again – I still don’t know why anyone would use a Linux desktop distro other than Ubuntu and/or an Ubuntu-based distro, unless it was a ‘Specialty’ distro like SparkyLinux or True Core or Kali?! Anyway, wanted to see how big the window was, and what this Hyper-V was about. Geez … more time spent piddling only to discover that my WIN10 ‘Home’ version didn’t offer Hyper-V Manager. Needed Pro or Enterprise, and this was the first time that ‘Home’ didn’t have something I wanted. Well, forget that test!