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Review: Hardy Heron converts an Ubuntu skeptic

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 98.203.244.197] on May 13, 2008 03:03 AM
I think that castigating Ubuntu over drivers etc is ridiculous especially considering what I've gone through in the past with XP not to mention Vista (please don't mention Vista, it still hurts too much). To give you an idea of the torture test that I've put Heron through consider my last install. The Toshiba Portege M200 tablet is about the the most obtuse and non standard 'Windows' laptop/tablet out there. The hard drive on this machine had self destructed and needless to say I couldn't find the M200 XP install disks (too many house moves) after I replaced the drive. No matter, a clean XP install should begin get things going right? After 4 BSOD's I gave up and decided to download Ubuntu. I didn't realize that it was Hardy or anything else; all I knew was that after putting the tablet in the docking station and booting from the DVD drive in the station Ubuntu loaded into the tablet first pass. Wireless, network, sound, wacom, graphics and everything else worked great. I mean, first frigging time!! Sure, I subsequently updated the Nvidia driver but Ubuntu handled that for me. No command line, no compiling, no crashing, no kidding! I'm stunned, completely stunned. I believe I'm referred to in the Linux community as a complete noob. No matter, I'm exploring this third option between MS and Apple and I'm a happy camper. I ran afoul of the Sudo 'host not resolved' bug and because of the Linux community I had that cleared up in 45 minutes (remember, I'm a noob ok). I've had similar bugs with XP (actually Office) that have taken months to resolve with MS. Sure I've had to reboot the tablet after installing something once or twice just so the O/S can get itself straight but nothing like what you would go through with Windows. No wonder MS is gagging to get in the online advertising business, if Dell or HP adopted this O/S as their primary platform it would be all over for MS. Yes, the brown scheme is not the prettiest but It didn't take me long to learn how to screw around with the user interface schemes. At least you can change your scheme unlike XP or OSX. I'm not sure, but I have a suspicion that Ubuntu Linux rocks. Now if only I can get the video on CNN and the Daily Show to work....

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