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du u ubuntu? [Sep. 15th, 2007|01:19 pm]
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I use Linux boxes at work all the time, but they're administered by a full time sysadmin, so I ignore most of the nuts & bolts and treat them like generic unix. But it occurred to me that my old laptop has been sitting around the house for over a year, doing nothing, so I thought I'd give Linux another try at home.

I ended up grabbing Ubuntu because the things I'd heard about it were all pretty good. Burned a CD, did the install, and it is really nice! Install was actually faster than XP, and it seems stable and runs snappy even on an older Pentium M laptop. The only fiddly thing was getting Wifi working, and that took a little googling to find the right driver, which installs as a debian package. In other words, you just click on a web link and open the file with the package manager, and it automatically installs. I also found Ubuntu Studio which uses the same package manager to install a complete suite of audio/video software.

If you've got an older machine around and want something relatively trouble free to use as an internet appliance or music production toy, you could do a lot worse!
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2007-09-17 03:04 pm (UTC)
Other things to love about Ubuntu:

Beryl 3D window manager, does the sort of eye candy that OSX and Windows Vista do, on much less capable hardware.

Synaptics package manager. Everything -- core OS, 3rd party programs, get installed, updated, or removed with a simple GUI interface.

Thing that ultimately holds it back: manufacturers don't generally provide linux drivers for USB stuff. A lot of things work -- most cameras, hard disks, thumb drives. But there are so many USB devices, and squirrelly implementtions, there simply won't be the same coverage as Windows on devices until enough people adopt it to force hardware vendors to take Linux seriously.
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