The new ubuntu install (edgy upgraded to "unstable" feisty) on a 64-bit laptop is pretty much "just working".
I had to fiddle with wireless settings on the command-line, but this is no different than windows. Instead of reading a man page and figuring out what options to set, I'd be randomly clicking on GUI interface elements trying to figure out the magic incantation that got everything setup right.
Shockingly, my 4+ year old printer worked without incident ("add printer...oh wow, it's right there!!) Every piece of software I could want (many of them I like over the windows equivalents and have installed the win32 versions before) are just there (or quickly there via the GUI package manager Synaptic).
I have a full build environment available. I can build my company's software on it and actually do work (rather than having to share a pricey server with 4+ other developers).
Some things in ubuntu/gnome are just better than the way windows works. For instance, I went to take a screen shot of a window (alt+print screen). The GUI notices this and pops up a window prompting me to save the file to disk .. which is what I always did in windows, only I had to open up an image editing program and paste it in. Plus, I forgot just how configurable the user interface can be .. and now you don't even have to occasionally fiddle with text files just to move some bar somewhere. I missed being able to setup all these interesting things out of the proverbial "box".
One thing does not work and that is suspend/hibernate. When I tried it, it hung. Oh well, I knew that going in. Perhaps a few more updates will fix that. At least it boots pretty fast. Tomorrow I will be testing multiple display support and may be disappointed again.
Some random other comments:
- gparted (for the custom repartitioning) is really cool compared to what linux install disks came with before (e.g. fdisk). It's just a lot more friendly (ooh, a slider bar!)
- I can share my thunderbird profile between windows & linux. Good thing I moved from Outlook (company default) a while back.
- gaim was installed by default ... I was kind of wondering what I was going to do for messaging (on yahoo's system as a bunch of my co-workers are).
- Can you believe I have flash working in a 64-bit browser when there is no 64-bit flash plugin? Turns out there is this cool thing called a ns plugin wrapper. Of course, it would be nice if there was just a native 64-bit version. This is one of those cases where I decided to fiddle despite my better judgement (do I really want to boot windows just to view youtube??) .. and it worked. Course it would have been nicer if Adobe/Macromedia had deigned to just port it to 64 bit linux.
- I'm a little annoyed there is no Opera for 64-bit linux. I might try getting it to work chroot, but that's a lot of fiddling. Making do with Firefox for now.
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