||[Mar. 27th, 2009|10:01 pm]
When Linux distributions don't quite work with your hardware, it can be a real problem. But, when they do, the results can be awesome. I have an awkward laptop, with strange wireless networking hardware. After getting fed up with Vista, which regularly cuts off my network connections, and seems to think that 2GB of memory is cramped, considers that me turning off it asking me twice about almost everything is a security issue, and still requires installation of 3rd-party software to handle viruses, I have tried installing Ubuntu 9 beta. |
Wow! The machine now boots in less than a minute. I have almost everything I had in Vista.. gmail notification, firefox, open office, flash, Java development, oracle, and with vastly improved performance and memory use. Wireless networking works fine. I may need to look around for some replacement for iTunes, but I believe there are reasonable alternatives. No longer is Linux having to catch up with Windows for ease of use and hardware support. It is now the other way around. Windows 7 will have to justify itself as competitive with Ubuntu, for me at least.