Another glorious open source application. In my case, my laptop’s CD drive has gone kaput for reasons unknown to me. Although I had ordered Ubuntu 8.10 from shipit, it would take weeks before I could get my hands on it. To make matters worse, if the other CD did not work on it, it would be difficult to have it loaded on my system.
For all practical purposes, I have come to loath Windows Vista. Its a memory hogging crappy OS and remains a watered down version of their previous avatar XP. I had to load up Vista to run some software which does not have Linux equivalent; although I didnt realise that I could use Wine for the same. Nevertheless, I hunted Google for installing Ubuntu via a bootable pen drive and the good folks at Ubuntu had their entire documentation on their forums.
It took about 20 minutes to boot into a fully usable OS. There is no dramatic incremental change in the OS as compared to the previous versions; this seems to be a fair enough review.
I do install Opera and the msttcorefonts because I cannot imagine the life without them. Unfortunately, the fonts offered as a default install are ugly. Hence, I had to revert back to MS fonts. Surprisingly, Open Office is available in it’s old avatar. I dont have many issues with it because the major incremental improvement for their presentation version was in the use of tables. I wish, it had a more refined look than the clunky sozzled up appearance it has. It’s a matter of time though that they catch up with the mainstream software once they realise that looks do matter.
Overall, I am happy to find my computing nirvana. I am signing off their post by a compiz fusion video. It remains the perfect example of how open source can easily outdo the existing feature on Vista. Enjoy.