[linux] Fun with Ubuntu
dougmc at u.washington.edu
Mon Mar 7 17:16:45 PST 2005
Not to fill up your INBOXes (too late), but I decided on a whim this
weekend to take off Fedora Core 3 on my home computer, and put something
I remember way back when I was asking for suggestions on a good distro
for this computer (it is an Athlon64 with an MSI mobo) and heard some
really good suggestions including Gentoo and Ubuntu.
So I had lots of fun downloading ISOs from my ultra-slow DSL connection
(I got downgraded recently because I was "too far downstream from their
network") and then installing them.
Out of all the ones I tried, I was really impressed with Ubuntu. It was
really solid, and fairly easy to install (it had the Debian-ish style
install, but took a lot of guess-work out of it).
What really impressed me was that it worked so well out of the box. I
actually didn't have to configure anything. It detected my screwy sound
card (AC'97) and for the first time I could listen to CDs and such. I
couldn't do so on Fedora.
Also, I haven't used Gnome since RedHat 7.0 and since Ubuntu is
Gnome-only, I was unsure at first if I would like that. However, Gnome
has really matured into a nice WM that is pretty solid, and at the same
time, nicely uncluttered.
Best of all, Ubuntu, being a descendant of Debian, has the ever-so-nice
Incidentally, I really wanted to try Gentoo, but I had trouble getting
past step 1 "Preparing the Media", so I wasn't able to even get a chance
to install it. :( I would like to have spent more time on it, but the
Ms. wanted to hurry up and use the Internet, so I had to try something else.
Once I get some time, I will give Gentoo another go. There are folks
here at work who love it and swear by it. Apparently it runs nicely Mac
Anyhow, big thanks to whoever recommended Ubuntu to me before. :) It
was definitely a good choice. I won't go back to Fedora anytime soon.
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