9½ weeks with Ubuntu
Alas support for my beloved W2K is going to stop and the longer the more applications are no longer compatible. Hey, we had a good time, but it's time to say goodbye and to look out for a new and sexier partner.
I admit, I'm curious, I committed adultery a few times and tried different Linux distributions (1999: Caldera, 2005: Ubuntu 5). I had a short date with Vista and really got scared from it (apart from the HW-specs), after only one hour I got enormously fed up with this OS doing all kind of things in a very awkward way. Ubuntu
5 however was very user-friendly, native and stable. As most of my day to day work was easy to fulfill with Ubuntu, it was a viable option. I even installed Ubuntu on a notebook of a close, and almost computer illiterate friend and he adored it for its simplicity. But even with a lot of userfriendlyness i spent too much time looking up essential stuff like:
- Mounting partitions to use them
- Difficult upgrading/install options
- Tiny things like installing fonts, codecs, ...
- Could not get the mouse buttons / scanner to work correct
- Too much free and excellent software options, but lots of study required for choosing a solution and than learning how to use it.
- No time to learn all howto's, tips, tricks and tweaks of OS and the new software solutions
My time was too precious to spend with such a difficult partner ... and after some time I returned to my beloved W2K.
However I’m kind of forced to switch as W2K will be no longer supported and even some software or drivers are not W2K compatible anymore. So I showed W2K the door, cleaned the house and invited Ubuntu 7.04. Once Ubuntu was in, I locked the door and threw away the key ...
Is Ubuntu better in bed? YES
Am I going to switch? NO