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I'm building a small mATX PC for my dad so he can store his camera files and watch some movies on. I wanted to know, does Ubuntu have drivers for onboard NIC's, Sound, graphics, etc?

Also, how easy is ubuntu to get used to from a windows user? It's free so that was why I was thinking of using it.
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It should do the job.

Maybe grab a cheap key of the FS section for windows ? Else you know what to do.
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I'm building a small mATX PC for my dad so he can store his camera files and watch some movies on. I wanted to know, does Ubuntu have drivers for onboard NIC's, Sound, graphics, etc?
Yes.

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Also, how easy is ubuntu to get used to from a windows user? It's free so that was why I was thinking of using it.
Supposedly it's very easy to use. I don't particularly care for it, but that's because I (1) hate orange, and (2) have been using Linux for well over 15 years and don't need hand holding.
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Sound and nic drivers are no problem. Keep in mind that You will not be able to use netflix if thats in your agenda. Other than that it will work fine. Not sure about blu ray.

For graphics drivers I was using cf 6870s until recently and catalyst 11.5 works very well in 2d applications but is terrible in 3d. The one major issue I had is the cards ran very warm in Linux even with a downclock prior to 11.4 it was much worse. This may just be the poor cooling of the reference xfx cards.
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Oh yeah, you have AMD video. Not a problem unless you do any significant gaming, then you will find out why most Linux users are using NVIDIA.
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I'm building a small mATX PC for my dad so he can store his camera files and watch some movies on. I wanted to know, does Ubuntu have drivers for onboard NIC's, Sound, graphics, etc?

Also, how easy is ubuntu to get used to from a windows user? It's free so that was why I was thinking of using it.
Drivers are already in the CD.

I used to work for a company whose users were all using Windows 98 and XP and then company decides to go open source and the O.S. choosen was Ubuntu 8.04. The transition encountered a few hiccups because most people don't know how to nagvigate through the Linux desktop. Most of the time when people knew were to find "Show Desktop" ; how to launch programs ; and were the Windows Explorer/My computer is they will suddenly be fine with Linux.
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Linux use modules not drivers.
For blue ray
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...BluRayAndHDDVD

By the time its main stream it should be supported.
The MPAA = Motion Picture Association of America hates everyone with a computer so blue ray is going thru its mood swings.
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Linux use modules not drivers.
For blue ray
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...BluRayAndHDDVD

By the time its main stream it should be supported.
The MPAA = Motion Picture Association of America hates everyone with a computer so blue ray is going thru its mood swings.
Moduels are drivers. Drivers are just pieces of kernel code, all operating systems use "modules". It's really just modulated kernel code that's used to run hardware.
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