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ubuntu!

Its name describes in an onomatopoeic way the feeling one gets upon installing and using this wonderful OS after a lifetime of Microsoft OS. I toyed with Linux in the late 90's but became consumed by University studies at the time, and reverted to 'easy' old Windows 95. Having spent the entire previous evening reinstalling Windows XP, not including all the software, it was refreshing to spend just a couple of hours tonight adding this. My first impressions are very good - hassle free automated install, very usable straight away. Why should I ever use Windows again? Windows Vista Ultimate = $400, ubuntu = $0. Hmm. Tricky one.

 

How bad can an OS be when it will multitask its own installation with games?! I was particularly impressed that on hotplugging my digital camera, the system recognised it with no input from me and offered to import directly into Picasa after downloading. Superb.

 

So my new Shuttle XPC now has triple-boot capability: Windows XP,Windows Vista RC1 and Ubuntu. Neat, eh?

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Taken on September 7, 2006