Tonight I installed Ubuntu 9.10. The process was wicked simple. I burned the image to a disk and rebooted my machine. I verified the language and location and told it to use the entire hard disk and in a few minutes it was installed.
Configuring the wireless card was a breeze. It automatically recognized Kirsten’s Windows XP box so I could access her files. I got all the updates downloaded and installed. I’m currently listening to mp3s in Rythmbox and editing a screenshot in GIMP. Bliss.
Tomorrow I’ll set up the LAMP web server stack and configure dual-monitor support.
I have a USB card reader on my computer. Windows XP listed each slot with it’s own drive letter, but labeled them each “Removable Storage” without differentiation. Ubuntu 9.10 names each based on what type of card goes in the slot. This is one tiny example of why Windows SUCKS relative to its competition. True, you can get a plugin or app or some other work around in Windows, but it isn’t much fun.
Last.fm is integrated into Rhythmbox. FTW!
I downloaded and installed the Bluefish Editor with one line in Terminal. Try that on Windows.
sudo apt-get install bluefish
Setup my HP Laser Jet printer with a single line in Terminal. It downloaded the drivers and did the configuration automatically. FTW!
Installing FileZilla–my FTP client of choice–was also a breeze that required a single Terminal command.
sudo apt-get install filezilla
TweetDeck couldn’t have been more simple to install. I clicked, “Download now, it’s free” at the website. Adobe Air and TweetDeck were installed automatically. All I had to do was input my login credentials.
curl -u brentdanley:mypassword -d status="Installed Scribus on my Ubuntu machine so I can put together our Festibond letters. It looks very capable, and it's free." http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml
I finally got around to setting up dual-monitor support on the Ubuntu machine. It wasn’t bad, at all. It’s nice to have the expanded real estate.
Okay, now I’m just showing off…