For a long time, I’ve been hearing quite a few good things about Ubuntu. I’ve even tried to install it on a junker pc a few months ago, but for some reason it didn’t want to load, so today I decided to give it another go on my main computer. So now I’m dual booting WIndows XP and Ubuntu, but for the next week or so, I’m going to try my hardest to just use Ubuntu alone.
Sofar, I really like what I see! Initially I was kind of worried about driver issues with my video card and a few other components, but I was pleasantly surprised to see everything running as it would on Windows. Only a few downloads here and there for things like flash, video, and codecs.
Another thing I was worried about was the whole UI. I was thinking that it would be a little clunky, but it’s actually really really polished. Menus are clean and crisp, there isn’t any lag commonly associated with UI’s thick with animations. It sort of reminds me of my time on Mac OSX, which is a good thing. To tell you the truth, the more I use this, the more I can actually see myself fully migrating to, however I might still be in the initial ‘wow phase’.
In terms of programs, I don’t feel ‘deprived’ at all. Word processing and spreadsheets are covered by OpenOffice – which is more than enough. I get a decent image editing program, “Gimp”, VLC player for videos, and a bunch of in-house games. Messaging is something I’ll miss from Windows since I wont get the full feature set of MSN Messenger in other messaging programs. They pack in Pidgin, which is has a lot of great features in it, however it lacks video chatting expectedly.
The one thing I have to get used to is the way programs are installed. Besides Synaptic Package Manager, I have no clue how installing works lol. Gotta figure that one out still lol.
The lack of games shouldn’t be a huge issue for me since I have my trusty PS3 beside me whenever I feel the need to game, however I bet there are some games out there supporting Linux that I just have to find (I havn’t bothered checking yet).
As it stands, I am really really impressed with Ubuntu.