Sorry for the rant, but a couple times a year I get excited about trying linux, and then I donate. and then I download. and then I spend a few hours trying to get anything at all to work, and give up in frustration.
I just don't see how widespread adoption can ever be significant when:
"it is highly recommended that you verify the md5 sum or sha256 sum (hash) of the .iso file."
But each of those pages is (tens of?) thousands of words of esoteric detail.
I can't understand why it's so difficult- I'm an engineer by trade, but when I read the page 'Installation/FromUSBStick', I basically just quite- it seems to be 100,000 words on all the reasons why it's unlikely to work:
"Some USB pendrives and computers 'do not like each other'"
I mean if it's going to take 120 hours of personal time to just read all this, and an indeterminate amount of time on the three (!?) forums trying to understand it all, it makes it very attractive to just surrender to Microsoft and just let them have all of my personal data, and accept that I don't realistically have any control over any of this.
It's like 'step 1: quite your job and become an Ubuntu expert'
First question: is there an alternative to all the checksum stuff? will I inadvertently launch a nuclear missile if I ignore it? can I brick my computer if I ignore it?
Second question: is it just stupid of me to try to burn a bootable USB?
Third question: if I go to the store to buy a pack burnable DVD's, is there a reasonable likelihood that will work?
Thanks in advance for any guidance.