It certainly wasn't my intent to make it sound hard. It can be very easy, but it can also be a pain in the rear. My point was how good of a job Ubuntu does auto-configuring and coming with support for all the hardware in my laptop (and every piece of hardware I've had it on). Linux in the past has had its moments of being less than friendly for hardware recognition and auto-hardware-recognition. One of the things that makes Ubuntu so pleasant to use is that it makes configuration of hardware something you don't really have to think about.