I recently managed to successfully install Ubuntu Linux. Here’s a couple of impressions:
- Wow, the CD boots directly into the operating system! A Live CD!
- Cool, a link to an installer on the desktop. Feels much easier than I thought it’d be.
- Hmm. It needs a partition… and another one for swap memory. Do I trust the built-in partitioner to resize my Windows partition? I think I’ll skip the swapdisk partition for now.
- Ugh, why can’t they write “Drive C” instead of cryptic series of numbers and slashes. That’s what Windows does when I install that.
- Ouch, the partitioner made an error! I hope my data isn’t wiped. Phew, nothing
- Finally, installed Ubuntu. This looks nice.
- Gah, it crashes every time I log out. According to Google it’s a conflict with the ATI driver and AMD64 processors.
- Why do I have to start the ATI driver installation from the commandline?
- Okay, it works now. Very nice, it already set up Internet for me! Firefox too! Not bad.
- Impressive, there’s a built-in update mechanism, seems to work great.
- Hmm. The “back” button on my Logitech mouse doesn’t work, neither does scrollwheel click.
- Ugh, how do I install Java, and what’s
- Christ I didn’t think it was this hard to install Flash Player!?
- I guess I should set Windows to be the default option in the boot menu. Too bad.
Point of note: I haven’t given up on Ubuntu yet. It’s just become clear to me already that there are some things they need to fix before Ubuntu can ever be an alternative to Windows or OSX.