sparky333 - 1:43 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm a new member and just read Mack's post and I felt compelled to respond.
I am a software engineer (retired) who started using computers in 1967. GE timesharing
systems. Started programming in BASIC and Fortran. Was a process control engineer
for Honeywell for 18 years. I didn't start using PCs until 1997. Since I was a Unix user
during the 70's, Linux command line was very easy.
I played with Mandrake and Red Hat on desktops in 1998-99, but was not satisfied with the
x-windows managers. Then I found Ubuntu 4.10 in 2004 and have been using it ever since.
I run Ubuntu 8.10 on my Linux Certified laptop. Thank You Mark Shuttleworth!
Here are some of my Ubuntu pros and cons:
1. It's easy to try out before commiting. Enter WUBI at wubi-installer.org.
2. Linux is a safe OS. Ubuntu's imbeded ClamAv is all you need to stop viruses and hackers.
3. Saves TONS of time by not having to run Anti-virus and anti-spyware software regularly.
And, very little tuning is required. (You know, those pesky little programs that get
put into the 5 registry startup hives that eat up your memory in Windoze?)
4. Whether you use KDE or Gnome (with KDE apps), it's easy to configure the desktop.
5. Synaptic and Add/Remove Applications make it very easy to add applications.
6. Ubuntu comes with Firefox and Open Office already loaded. You have to load Thunderbird.
7. Backups are a cinch. Let's say your home directory is ray. All you have to do is tar
/home/ray to ray.tar.gz and copy it to your USB drive. You have just backed up everything
you need...desktop, documents, and personal settings (in the .(dot) files).
8. The Ubuntu Forum at ubuntuforums.org is a wealth of info everytime you have a problem.
9. Ubuntu will run on 512 meg of memory just fine. Vista and System 7, not so much.
I run a laptop with 1gb memory and a 40gb HD just fine. Course I do have a terrabyte
USB external drive for all my backups. And more than a few USB sticks.
10. Between Rhythm Box and Totem Movie player I have no trouble with music or videos.
11. Eveything is a file. Every change in the environment happens instantly. No need to
12. Install/Ugprade CDs are free from https://shipit.ubuntu.com
13. When you want to buy a new PC or laptop, you are not FORCED to use the latest
Windoze OS. Ever wonder why you can't request Linux when you buy from a store
or the manufacturer's website? This alone should drive more people to Linux. Order
a laptop on the internet (like linuxcertified.com) pre-loaded with Ubuntu.
1. Upgrading to the next version of Ubuntu can be tricky if your PC or laptop is older. There
seems to always be a driver or application issue that needs resolved.
2. Some default processes are not always needed (ex: Evolution) and you must take care in
uninstalling them. Some app may be dependent on them
I've written a free WUBI User Manual for those wanting to switch. (tsparks.com/wubi.pdf)
As IncrediBILL said in his post of Mar 18th,
"Ubuntu, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office will give most people everything they need to get online and be productive..."