Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hi Ubuntu!

So anyone who follows this rambling mess of a blog would know that I got a new laptop a few months ago then got a MacBook Pro for work. So now, I am in this sort of computer heaven, as I have the old laptop serving as a desktop replacement upstairs, a little Dell Server now running my hosted site, and my two fast little dual core laptops. When I installed linux on my server, it was kind of a pain in the ass getting everything up and running correctly, and I was never able to make wireless work on it (just tried for kicks, really). Getting the monitor to display correctly was brutally painful, etc. It shook my faith in the potential for linux as an eventual 'real' desktop OS alternative.

Fast forward 1.5 years to last night. I freed up some disk space on my new laptop and downloaded Ubuntu's latest release, 'Hardy Heron'. I created an installer CD from the image that I downloaded, and ran the installer. It took about 15-20 minutes. Once it was done, lo and behold, the computer started up, found my wireless router, and I was up and running. Sound card worked. Everything worked. It's FAST. So now I have OS X, Vista, and Linux running on laptops. Sweet.

I must say I am pretty amazed by the ease of install, and I really like the way packages are handled on the Ubuntu OS. Wow. Most impressed. Anyone who wants their computer to run faster should run and install Ubuntu right now. Seriously. It's great so far!


Johnnie Francis Xavier MacIntyre said...

You can gone one better and not bothered with creating the disk image etc... just use wubi ( I use it on Windows based boxes... and it works very, very nicely.