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Bottom line is: Three cheers to FOSS! (that's Free/Open Source Software). Read on if you want to geek out on the details.

So far, Ubuntu Linux is pretty darn sweet. I think the main difference between Linux and Windows is that when I search for a problem in Linux there is usually a solution already documented by someone. To whit, I have already fixed an issue with citrix so that I can now log in to work, and have also fixed a bug particular to the Perl installation in Ubuntu 8.10. I guess it took a little background knowledge, but it wasn't any more difficult than a novice would encounter for windows. By way of comparison, I had to reformat my BIL's windows vista laptop to factory settings after he unwittingly installed a lexmark printer and it severely corrupted the print spooler (and I uninstalled, deleted, cleaned the registry, and everything else I could think of or google to no avail).
 

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Bottom line is: Three cheers to FOSS! (that's Free/Open Source Software). Read on if you want to geek out on the details.

So far, Ubuntu Linux is pretty darn sweet. I think the main difference between Linux and Windows is that when I search for a problem in Linux there is usually a solution already documented by someone. To whit, I have already fixed an issue with citrix so that I can now log in to work, and have also fixed a bug particular to the Perl installation in Ubuntu 8.10. I guess it took a little background knowledge, but it wasn't any more difficult than a novice would encounter for windows. By way of comparison, I had to reformat my BIL's windows vista laptop to factory settings after he unwittingly installed a lexmark printer and it severely corrupted the print spooler (and I uninstalled, deleted, cleaned the registry, and everything else I could think of or google to no avail).
el oh el.

Ubuntu is pretty sweet. If I had to use Linux, or could use *nix for what I do (.NET/XNA programmer), I would use Ubuntu. I just wish Linux distros would get decent UIs. <3<3 Vista UX. The W7 explorer UI is like Vista explorer made more perfecter.
 

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Installing Ubuntu 8.10

I have run Ubuntu 8.10 off the CD only. I liked what I saw.
I chickened out when it came to installing it on my hard drive. I have two hard drives. I don't know if I should install it on the one that has Vista, or the other one. I left a 50GB partition on the non Vista hard drive for it. Since my computer knowledge is limited, I am afraid of messing up things.
 

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I'm on my Ubuntu 8.10 laptop right now. I agree that it is teh sweetness.
 

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Running kubuntu on my lappy 'cause I can't stomach gnome. KDE is almost there. Almost.
 
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