I don’t know if you ever tried (or had an urge to try) Ubuntu Linux.Â I installed it a year or so ago, and was massively (sorta) unimpressed.Â Â It definitely showed promise, but the installation was a PITA, and the interface just wasn’t quite ready for prime time.Â You had to download an ISO, burn it, then install — blah, blah…
A couple of days ago, I read about WUBi (on Lockergnome, of course). Ever willing to try something new, if it’s not too much trouble, I downloaded the installer, clicked on the default setting, and went off to read some Janet Evanovich.Â Then I went to bed.Â (The installer downloads a 600+ MB ISO file, and the servers were running slow that night.)
I promptly forgot about the whole thing.Â This morning I decided to reboot, and lo and behold!Â I was given the option of automatically booting into XP Pro, or into Ubuntu.Â Sumbitch!Â I selected Ubuntu and hit “Enter.”Â Stuff happened.Â Finally I was asked to enter a username and password.Â I did.Â BINGO!Â A Linux desktop appeared.Â I have a dual-boot machine, with — literally — four clicks including running the installer.
This is so friggin’ easy that there’s no excuse for not trying out Ubuntu any more.Â After some tweaking and importing a few Firefox extensions — oh, BTW, it comes with Fx 3 and OpenOffice — I had essentially the same basic setup I have with Windows.
Except… it’s quick.Â It doesn’t talk back,Â It does as it’s told, and it’s altogether acceptable, in my book.Â I don’t know that I’ll ever migrate completely to Linux but, on the other hand, I know I’ll never run Vista (already threw away a free disk), have my doubts about Windows 7, since it will run on the same core as Vista and presumably have most of the same problems, and a Systemax PC or Asus laptop is a helluva lot cheaper than a MacAnything.Â If I can learn to get by without my legacy Windows programs … hey, you’re never too old to teach yourself new tricks!
Incidentally, Hardy Heron kicks butt compared to Wistful Weasel or whatever the previous Ubuntu build was called.Â I really think this thing’s ready for prime time.