Linux for Human Beings
I haven’t given Linux a shot on the desktop in at least a year and a half, but after reading the premise of the Ubuntu distro I thought it was time again. Read on to hear about my short but sweet experience.
The Live CD version allows you to test things out without disturbing your current system. That sounded good to me.
Between the time I downloaded the iso file and burned it to a CD, I came across this post and started to have second thoughts.
“Oh well” I thought and tossed the CD into my laptop. I really had no idea that three minutes later I’d be browsing the web, wirelessly, and opening word docs hosted on my windows desktop.
I don’t know how it compares to actually installing the distro, but the Live CD thing basically just works. I had to tell it the settings for my network, but other than that, I was good to go. I couldn’t believe it.
It’s exciting to see this kind of improvement to the linux desktop experience. I keep running less and less Microsoft software, but the stability and experience of Windows XP Pro still has me in its grasps. Ubuntu gives me hope. I’m going to keep an eye on this one.
Originally published on Saturday April 16, 2005 at 5:05 pm
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