Ubuntu is your friend

 Ubuntu is your friend

I’ve often said that if I switched from Windows it wouldn’t be to a Mac.  Not that there is anything *wrong* with a Mac, unless you count the numerous Mac fanboys out there. 

I downloaded and burned a live linux cd to repartition the harddrive on my Dell notebook.  Once I took care of that I installed Ubuntu Linux.  Ubuntu’s Gnome interface is really nice.  I really enjoyed downloading and experiment with different themes.  My current interface is cross between tradtional Linux, Vista and a Mac.  When boot in to Windows XP I’m kinda disappointed with how plain it looks.

There are little widgets that run in one of the panels that tell me the temperature or allow to me to write sticky notes.  That is a nice touch.

One really great thing about Ubuntu is all the free software.  When I go in to add/remove programs I can pick and choose from dozens upon dozens of programs.  I pick the ones I want, they download and install.  Updating existing software is just as easy.

I’m going to have to wait and see how much of my work and play life I can do in Ubuntu.  If I am going to sit down and browse, or write I do it in Linux. 

  1. #1 by Toni on December 7, 2006 - 2:41 am

    I keep looking at Linux, but it never quite works right, and as a PC and apple user of 20 years experience, it never works intuitively. SOMETIME I’ll learn how to use it, but for now it’s just another layer of hassle I don’t need. It’ll probably happen once M$ force software rental.

  2. #2 by Randall on December 7, 2006 - 12:39 pm

    Ubuntu is pretty hot right now, and seems to have come a long way.

    I’m really curious to see how it looks and runs on your dell. I’ve been thinking of trying the same thing.

    You should throw up some screenshots.

    Oh, and I guess that while you browse in Linux, you don’t need to worry at all about viruses or malicious crap getting you infected.

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