Friday, November 16, 2007

Splashing In the Ubuntu Puddle

Well, not much is going on here, obviously. I switched my home Dell machine from Fedora Core 7 to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), and I've been loving it. I still love Fedora Core, don't get me wrong, but every so often I get itching to try something new (about every 6 months, practically, coinciding with new releases of particular Linux platforms). I'm not going to do a in-depth review of Ubuntu, especially as compared to Fedora, and I won't tell you which one you should use. I honestly like and appreciate the strengths of both. Ubuntu seems easier to me to use, and it's very slick, while Fedora just oozes coolness. They're both great; use what you like. And remember VMWare.

Well, let me make a correction: technically my machine is a pseudo-dual-boot Vista/Ubuntu setup. I say "pseudo" because I had trouble getting the Linux boot manager to work with Vista, and instead of putting in the time and research like I probably should have, I gave up once I found out my BIOS lets me turn off one of the drives (the Vista one), so I can automatically boot from the other one. Yes, that's an intellectually lazy solution, I admit. But it's worked so well, I've fallen into the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mind rut while I concentrate on other things.

OK, I'll admit one thing: if I could only run one operating system, it would be Windows. It's the only place I can play my favorite games so far (well, the ones that don't work in Wine), and more importantly, it's my bread-and-butter when it comes to my professional employment. But, that's just because this world isn't perfect, and I'm not either. In my perfect world, Loki Games would never have closed, Linux would run on every desktop by default, and spam would not exist on the internet.

Meanwhile, back in reality...

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