Ubuntu Linux

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?

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4 Responses to Ubuntu Linux

  1. entropyjim says:

    Some of the big companies already do (Nvidia for example) but until the desktop penetration of linux is higher it may not be worth the effort to port code. At the very least developers will have a hard time convincing short-sighted money men.

    Me? I use Win XP at work, will be moving to XP at home and have access to a whole bunch of Linux and Solaris servers to do my work on 😉 Asheron’s call doesn’t work on Linux*… What more do I really need to say?

    * and by work I mean “put the CD in, install it and click RUN” not “install Wine, fuck around getting it working for a few days”.

  2. sirenian says:

    Yeah… I’m torn between the desire to do fun things and the amount of time it takes to set my PC up to do them.

    Ooh, I’ve just worked out how to download stuff over the internet without getting bloody bots trashing my new Windoze installation. I can use Linux to download things to my nice new FAT32 partition and pick them up from there. Doh. Now… where’s a good site to get a firewall…

  3. entropyjim says:

    I don’t really have a problem with Bots. I’m sitting behind a Vigor 2200 Router (with up to date firmware) which does firewalling and NATing. I then have Zone Alarm installed to help out against possible trojans, Norton AV and Spybot (with Teatimer running).

    I keep the box up to date and don’t install and download crap – works for me 😉

  4. sirenian says:

    Yeah – my copy of ZoneAlarm is failing to install for some reason, though, and I don’t do the whole router thing. These bots are hacking into a perfectly clean, fresh install of XP. No downloads involved.

    OK, you’re right. It’s my fault for installing crap, isn’t it?

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