Wow! What a long several weeks it’s been. Between the demands of work, and the demands of home, I just didn’t have the time to sit back and spew out my thoughts on a few things. One thing I’ve been meaning to talk about on here is Ubuntu Linux, which I installed on my laptop about three weeks ago. I went with Ubuntu 7.04, and after the mere 10 minutes it took to install it, I never looked back since. I’ll never run any flavor of Windows on that laptop again … Ubuntu is *that* good. Ubuntu comes with everything you need out of the box like a solid email client; in this case Evolution. Firefox is packaged as the standard web browser, too! What more could a geek like me ask for? Well, there’s more! Ubuntu offers a lot of eye candy, if your system meets the requirements. One of my favorite visual features of Ubuntu is the “page flip” feature when switching work spaces; this feature actually “flips” the entire desktop on a cube around to another workspace, and the acceleration is silky smooth. Ubuntu’s “page flip” feature will make your geek friends drool with envy as they attempt to show off their “Windows Flip 3D” via Windows Vista. Not to mention the Ubuntu “Alt Tab” task switcher. Top that Windows Vista!
After running Ubuntu at home, I also installed it on my primary maintenance box at work. Since I’ll need access to a Windows Server 2003 box from time to time for domain related maintenance, I installed the totally free VMWare Server and created a Windows 2003 Server virtual machine. Let me tell you, it’s slick, and it works!
Ubuntu will seamlessly allow you to mount a Windows drive share via Samba, which is something I use constantly at work. I use a NAS at home, and Ubuntu had absolutely no problem mounting my share, especially since the NAS I use uses embedded Linux.
What can I say? Everything just works. Well, almost. I’ve been deciding on whether or not I am going to make a complete switch to Ubuntu Linux on my desktop machine at home. That idea is still up in the air because there are a LOT of Windows programs I use for my digital photography needs (something I could solve with VMWare, or Wine), not to mention sometimes my appetite for a good round of GTA San Andreas sort of makes it impossible on Linux, too. Of course, I could go with a dual boot, but that would require repartitioning my drive, and the associated nonsense that goes along with it. Bah, I am just too lazy to do that sort of stuff at home anymore.
How many of you have made the switch from Windows to Linux? And if so, have there been any regrets? What open source alternatives have you found to replace your Windows applications (in case you didn’t go with a solution like VMWare or Wine)?
I just want to make sure I have all of my bases covered before making a move on my desktop machine, if at all.
[tags]ubuntu, linux, open source[/tags]