Over the last year I have been fighting in my lab with Windows XP until I finally installed a copy of Ubuntu Linux release 6.10 code-named Edgy Eft. My experience so far has been quite positive even though getting started with Ubuntu required some efforts. The wikis of the Ubuntu web site have been very helpful.
My experience with Ubuntu so far:
- Downloading and burning a cd with the OS is easy to do as it is well explained in the Ubuntu web site
- Kind of funny having to run the suggested error check prior to intallation
- The partition of the hard drive while installing the OS requires some research! number of partitions, size, filesystem …
- The installation of the OS is quite fast, it only takes 15-20 minutes
- For an OS that’s free, the graphic user interface is quite impressive
- A number of useful applications is installed together with the OS
- Installing additional applications
isn’t as intuitive as it can be with mac or windowscan be done in different ways. Some apps can be installed easily through the Add/Remove Applications. Other apps can be installed through the repositories in Synaptic or through command line in Terminal.
- The desktop switch feature is pretty cool and saves time
- Not surprisingly the machine – 2 GHz Pentium IV w/ 512 MB of RAM – is performing much better than when running win xp