Walking the Walk
June 19, 2008 Leave a comment
I’m still on “staycation” but I was beginning to tire of the weeds, dead limbs, and pruning of pine trees so I decided to see if my old desktop still worked. A few weeks back during one of those sudden but strong thunderstorms we had my desktop had been on the floor near an open window. I was sure it had gone the way of the do-do but thankfully it had not.
I spent most of last night removing my son’s games (since he now has his own “gaming pc” I can finally reclaim my desktop for me!). Then I downloaded Firefox 3 (yeah, I know a day too late – I had ever intention of being part of the big download day but alas the great outdoors called me). I then got to thinking now would be the perfect time to really not just talk the talk but walk the walk and install Ubuntu on my pc at home. I think what did it was I found myself double clicking in the Navigation/location/URL bar to copy a URL (in Ubuntu you double click where as Windows you just click once). I kept screwing things up because I was on a Windows machine – when Linux habits start to take over it is time to go whole hog.
I have to admit I gave one of our Linux guru’s (Mike Ricksecker – one of the founding fathers of LuMix) a call just to make sure what I needed to do prior to installing Ubuntu. Having never really installed one operating system on top of another (or installing any operating system anywhere) I was a little hesitant. What about the drivers for the video card, the printer, etc….what if they didn’t work – could I go back to Windows? Did I even have the old XP recovery disc?
Luckily I had been sent a full suite of cd’s by the Public Software Foundation. One of them happened to be Ubuntu (there was also Fedora but since I’m familiar with Ubuntu because of work I stuck with what I know for now). So I popped in the cd and away I went. It couldn’t have been easier. I chose to do a full install instead of boot from the live cd. Went off without a hitch and I’m posting from an Ubuntu machine using Firefox 3.
I will admit the only thing I am going to miss about my Windows machine is my iTunes. I know there are many other software programs out there that can give me access to my music – just need to find something that will convert the fancy iTunes file extension to something I can play on Linux. Other than that the transition was smooth sailing.