Friday, July 2, 2010

Linux has come a long way, baby

Per an earlier post, I needed to install Linux on one of my machines in support of my Retrochallenge 2010 entry. Bear in mind, I've always been a Linux enthusiast, and have used it since my router QA days in the early 90s (Linux was a great, free environment for network testing). Ah yes, ye olde days of Slackware and disk sets. We only had a 56 Kbps link to the Internet (yes, for the whole company), and being able to get a working Linux with just a few 1.44 MB disks was awesome! But, I digress.

I've been using Ubuntu 10.04 on my Dell Inspiron laptop for about 2 hours now, and let me tell you, it is pretty, and it is fast. It's also quite complete, having transparently (and accurately) detected all the hardware in the laptop. It even let me turn off "tapping" on the touch pad (clicking with a tap, something that drives me NUTS). The laptop is a Pentium M 1.6 GHz with 1 GB of RAM, and runs like a dog under XP. It is not just usable, but snappy, with Ubuntu. I am writing this blog entry from it right now.

Is 2010 the famed year of Linux on the desktop? :-) Maybe for me...

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