Now that’s what I call big wood
It took about one hour from entering the Ubuntu 7.04 disk in the CDROM to actually using the OS. And another hour later I had multiple orgasms:
• OS and software were completely updated
• I started working on a spreadsheet (resided on USB stick)
• tuned in on a shoutcast radio station
• added a login for my wife and made some layout adjustments
• successfully watched different coded movies
• configured browser with bookmarks and add-ons
• posted 2 messages on Madshrimps, one with a print screen
If I had to redo this install, it would take me 1,5 hours. That's what I call productivity!!! To accomplish the same functionality with XP it takes 3 hours (fresh install). You will be operational much faster when installing (= clean fresh install) Ubuntu compared to Windows because of the inclusion of all kinds of useful software
Problems or questions are resolved very quick by easy to understand online docs and very helpful forums. I'm still finding Ubuntu more user-friendly, more native and better documented as its MS counterpart. Getting help is really incredible, like 5 answers in two hours in the Ubuntu-forums.
Once I got in the GUI the OS never crashed, despite my noobish actions, despite playing with it extensively, despite trying all kamasutra positions. Can't say that for my beloved W2K ... inevitable USB and Bluetooth blue screens, unsolvable connection tray and hidserv - errors, Adobe-errors,... Uptime is great, no hiccups or crashes once the OS is booted. Tried to invoke USB-choking by plugging in different USB-devices in all kinds of holes, and using them simultaneously. All devices (also cam) were recognized and system didn't loose it's erected position. I was very impressed.
Installed 6.04 and upgraded to 6.10 and finally to 7.04. Upgrading is done with one button and takes about 1.5 - 2 hours and only 4 clicks. I was impressed.
FTP- and VNC-action is included in the distro, tightly integrated and easy to use. I'm very impressed.
I learned more Windows-possibilities by using its Linux counterpart. Like: "This is a great position; would this be possible in Windows?"
Compiz (Linux Aero) is very nice, but I doubt it will increase my productivity (at first it was decreasing because I lost time showing off ).
I adore the flexibility under the sheets: I could strip the OS to the bare minimum, add software, replace software, ... modularity a go-go.
My HP-printer was immediately recognized and properly configured, I didn't have to install any drivers at all.
Don't know how to put it, but buttons and configurations are there were you expect them to be. Very intuitive system!