This weekend, I installed Ubuntu on my home PC.
It’s a bit buggy, but I have high hopes for it. Mostly it’s buggy because I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m encouraged by the amount of help appearing online.
I think the best thing about it is that it’s designed for Linux newbies, so looking up “Ubuntu help mount windows FAT32 partitions” retrieves posts which doesn’t assume that you know where the fstab file is located, or what “uid=1000” means. You also don’t get forumn posts saying, “Uninstall Windows…”; it’s pretty much assumed that you’re on the right path just by having a version of Linux installed. I’ve got a lot further with it than I did with RedHat, and I’m finding out all kinds of fun geeky stuff as I progress.
That having been said, my dreams of a Windows-free PC are a long way away. So many of my toys aren’t compatible with the Linux programs available – my iPod, my Palm PDA with DocsToGo, my Lego Mindstorms, my Scanner, my bluetooth dongle… the list goes on. And yet, the penguin has just sucked in another victim. Eventually, companies like Apple, Palm and DataViz will have to throw a bone to the Linux users… won’t they?