I’m a little seasonal with things like this. The first time I ever used Linux, it was Corel Linux 4, on my old Windows 98 machine, back in Namibia, in 2005. It was something other than windows, but not that great.
Somewhere along the line I heard of Ubuntu, and it must have been 2006/2007 when I installed it for the first time. Definitely a major improvement, but I had trouble getting my phone to connect as a modem (figured it out eventually, though). And so, back to Windows.
In fact, in the last 3 years, I’ve probably uninstalled Windows and installed Linux (both as single OSes and as dualboots) at least 10 times. There are just times when Windows drives me nuts and sends me to Linux, and times when I need a functionality (like gaming) that only Windows can provide.
Hence, I’ve sort of given up trying to stick to one OS. And right now, I’m in the process of moving my stuff off my 80gb HDD to my 500gb black hole of a Seagate FreeAgent, in preparation for a complete format and a fresh install of Kubuntu 8.04.1 - aka Heron.
I’ve been waiting a long time for the release of Ibex, so that I could try out Heron. Yes, I know they’re different, but when it comes to opensource software, I’ve found that the best way (ie, way with least headaches) to approach it is to stay one major release behind.
Site Map That way, all the pioneers and geeks and trolls sink their teeth into the latest versions, run into thousands of problems, work up patches and cures that can be installed by a mechanism as simple as apt-get (in most cases), write hundreds of pages of documentation, blog posts and forum threads, and by the time they move on to the next version, every single possible bug, problem or question I have can be answered via a Google search.
And so, this morning, downloaded my 8.04.1 ISO, burnt it, and tried out the Live CD version. It’s pretty much the same as 7.10, but for one major difference - speed. I’m also hoping that it’ll be easier to get my E220 modem hooked up and running using the same methods as before.
I’m also curious to see if Wine has improved at all. I’m looking at getting a new PC soon, and if Wine can run at least two of my Windows games, I might make the switch to Linux on a less seasonal basis. Time will tell…