Do You Ubuntu?

Now, I do.

Let me tell you the story in brief.  I’ve been fascinated with Linux for a long time, attempting to run Suse (and successfully doing so) on Zombie for a while despite several key drivers being missing.  Eventually I needed the support of my media card readers, and abandoned it, since even my feeble attempt at fixing the drivers only gave partial functionality.

Enter the two new computers we bought this weekend.  Both are nice and have room to be upgrade (they are quite nice, I must say).  My laptop came pr-installed with Windows Vista.  Darren’s was a fresh hard drive, so it required a full install of any operating system it was going to use.

So, I attempted to install Windows Vista.  This ended up being a three day saga.  Why?  Because the &%ing install takes over four hours.  Seriously.  I didn’t think it was possible, but essentially the shrinking on Vista is so effective, that it takes FOREVER to copy, and then unzip, the data files.  And GOD HELP YOU if there is some kind of last minute failure.  These last minute failures plagued the install I was attemping on Darren’s computer (named “Skynet1”).

While I was doing this, I started installing Ubuntu on my laptop while I was waiting.

Other than the partitioning bit (I’ll admit it, I had some alcohol in my system) which was a little counterintuitive, the install was completed in about 30 minutes.

Seriously.  30 minutes.  No joke.  And let me tell you, it’s slick.  Even just looking at the difference in the size between the OS makes me wonder why I haven’t been honing my linux skills all along (to my credit, I used unix pretty exclusively for years when I was in college yet did not have a computer).

After I finally got Windows Vista (piece o’ shite) installed on Darren’s computer, I put on Ubuntu.

Do I Ubuntu?  Yes, yes I do.


8 thoughts on “Do You Ubuntu?

  1. This is so funny. Liked the post. I have previously dabbed in Linux and gave up the first time with Red Hat due to missing drivers and the second time using VMWare.
    Tird time was the charm after installing it on my ex-work IBM Thinkpad T43 laptop. I had some problems with some backup software so re-installed it and my experience was similar to yours – did take about 30 minutes.

  2. great to see people moving back to open source.In past linux did have issues of driver support & GUI but now its more simpler & exciting than ever.Last but not the least , its Freeeeeeeeeee .So Njoy 🙂

  3. Martin,

    Glad you found some success like I did, and happy you can sympathize with my plight!

    Linoob — I always wanted to go open source, but like you said, it was super complicated with drivers and such. I had dabbled with red hat, and like i mentioned in the blog, Suse, but Ubuntu really took my breath away.

    So, not only does my computer boot in 10 seconds or less, I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for the OS! YAY!

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