I reinstalled my home desktop with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux. It is one of a few leading mainstream desktop Linux distributions. Its supposed to be rock solid and able to be used by anyone. I used the live CD to flatten my disk and install from scratch.
The whole install goes really well and ends with a nice little dialog that says "You're installation is complete. Restart your computer to start using Ubuntu."
GRUB Loading stage1.5
GRUB loading, please wait. . .
It then has the gall to leave a flashing cursor under the error taunting me to attempt to interact with the computer which is now a space heater.
I'm pretty good at figuring all this crap out and I'll eventually piece together what went wrong, but to be totally honest, this is bull$#!+. Maybe next upgrade...