I Done Left Los Windows…

So as is fairly explicit in a couple of prior posts, I’ve pretty much quit using Microsoft Windows on my personal machine, and am running (K)ubuntu 6.10 “Edgy Eft” natively on it. I’ve been doing this for about 9 months now and haven’t looked back. When I mentioned to a Microsoftie colleague that I’d done this, his response was “what about all your tools?” — and we got interrupted before I could respond. Though the answer to that question is pretty easy: I am still using them for the most part. Prior to this migration, I used Firefox and Thunderbird on Windows, and I hadn’t used Microsoft Office for over three years. Rather, I’ve been using OpenOffice (for more than four years now).

Also, migrating over to an environment where all the development tools one could want is just an easy “apt-get” away has been very nice.

The only thing I use windows for these days is to sync my Palm Treo. I haven’t yet made the time to figure out and config proper synchronization for the latest Palm address book and contacts with “extended fields”, and at the time I made the migration (early spring 2007), the info I got said that the Linux-based Palm tools didn’t yet support the “extended fields”. So I’m running Windows XP as a “guest” in a virtual machine, and all I use it for is sync’g my Treo.

Oh, how come I didn’t migrate to an Apple Mac (as many of my colleagues have done)? Well, as far as I’m concerned, there’s very little difference between Microsoft and Apple — they are both into closed proprietary systems, and their leaders … well, nevermind. You get the idea I trust. Oh, and yeah, I don’t like the MacOS user interface very much (I used Macs for several years in the 90s, so I have first-hand experience, and the things I don’t like about it haven’t really changed), and if I’m just going to end up running it as bare-X-on-top-of-*nix, as folks have pointed out I can do, I might as well just do that directly — I don’t think Apple’s hardware is all it’s made out to be (and you pay a premium for it). Besides, I like Dell’s laptops, and if that changes, I can get hardware from some other x86-wielding manufacturer, and even use processors from folks other than Intel, e.g. AMD.

So, there you go. I’m gone, and I doubt I’ll be back.

Ubuntu 7.10 DVDs available at Barnes & Noble and Borders

I was browsing in the newsstand section at my local Barnes & Noble recently, and noticed a bright red & white magazine with “Ubuntu 7.10 + edubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu” across its cover. Upon reading further I noticed it contains two bootable DVDs, one with the aforementioned four distributions in 32-bit, and the other with the same four in 64-bit. The price is $15. Wow, very cool. As I am presently running Kubuntu 6.10 “Edgy Eft” on my lapstation and thinking about upgrading, I bought it. I’ve played around with the 32-bit DVD and booted up each of the distros, and installed Kubuntu on a separate disk just to check if all works ok, and it did.

The magazine includes articles about installing and configuring, with lots of illustrations and screen shots. Well-suited for checking-out Ubuntu by newly interested parties.

Apparently, the publishing company behind this (as well as “Linux Identity Office” and “Fedora 8 – Linux Identity Kit“) is OXYpress LLC, with presences in both France and the USA.

Of course, one can always download any and all flavors of Ubuntu for free from..


..but I’ve been wanting to check out the edubuntu and xubuntu flavors, as well as 64-bit Kubuntu, so picking it up in a nice pre-done package is great. Saves the hassle of downloading and burning discs and such.

I also noted a similar “MandrakeGNU/Linux distro magazine, apparently from a different publisher (but I’m not sure, don’t quote me).

=JeffH sez check it out 😉