Tuesday, June 14


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I finally got the impulse to go and get a new hard disk for my older computer. It's still more than enough for internet surfing, mailing and just about everything else - only the latest games won't really play so great anymore. And after last night they won't be playing at all, because I decided to install Ubuntu on my new hard disk.

And what is Ubuntu. It is an old African word (they don't say from where exactly) and it means "humanity to others". Ubuntu is a Linux distro based on excellent Debian. So, I finally jumped over to Linux.

It was not a difficult decision to make. The only thing I had to look for was a relatively easy distro to install. Well, actually installing on an empty hard drive is not too much trouble with almost any of the distro's. I just saw positive reactions from other people who had installed Ubuntu, and I liked what I saw on their pages. So, I adopted Ubuntu.

For me the most important reason is probably easy updating. It all goes smoothly and automatically. All in all it is very - well, windows like - and I think for the future of Linux, it's important to make it easy for end-users.

Installation took about 45 minutes, you just had to press enter a couple of time and pick your password. I wasn't hooked on the internet last night, so I had to do it today. I thought there might be some minor hick-ups, maybe, but no. It took me a grand total of 3 minutes to get on-line. I was genuinely impressed.

From now on I'm going to use my Linux box for general surfing and blogging and so on while Windows box is for gaming and that kind of stuff.
I only have to set up my other speaker system and see if that also works out of the box. It's been laying there in the corner for about a year, so it's high time to put it into action.

If you want to try Linux first without making any 'commitment' you can download a live CD. Many distro's have this option. Just pop the CD in your computer, restart and if your BIOS is set to boot from CD, instead of Windows starting, your choice of Linux will. This is an easy way to get a little more used to the look and feel of Linux and how it works. And if you still like it, you can download an installation file or in some cases use the Live CD to make it a permanent installation.

If you are thinking about getting Linux, I recommend it. Only take time to look for the right distro for your purposes, see what other people think about it and make sure your distro gets along with all the components in your computer.
Oh, and if you have to run Windows in the same computer, that's also possible, but if you want to make it really easy for yourself, make Linux your OS of choice.

Vector at Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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