Did I miss the weekend? I was home sick on Thursday and Friday, which was quite enjoyable. Do people really watch the crap on daytime tv? Fortunately I was sleeping most of the time. I think I’m on the mend, though. I made it through a whole day of work today.
Last night I was watching The Chronicles of Narnia. I had heard that there was a lot of biblical overtones in this movie, but other than the obvious rising from the dead thing, they were lost on me. The movie was okay, but I wouldn’t watch it again.
I couldn’t focus on the movie the whole time, so I decided to work on a little project. A coworker of mine gave me a cd for the ubuntu operating system and I have an old Thinkpad. Ubuntu is a linux based operating system, in case you didn’t know. The laptop was BSOD-ing quite a bit and it was making a very nice doorstop. I wiped Windows off and installed ubuntu.
The install was effortless and quick. I actually ran the os from the cd, called Live CD, but then decided to install it on the disk. It comes with Firefox, OpenOffice, and just about every program most people need. I’m sure Microsoft isn’t worried about this program, but they should be. My wife, for instance, does not need Windows. For what she does on her home computer, this provides all she needs and more.
I plugged in the pcmcia wireless adapter and connected to the wireless network in about 1 minute. I’m posting this from ubuntu as we speak.
Using this operating system makes me think of the comparison of OpenOffice’s spreadsheet to Excel. Excel, they say, is an under-used program. Most people only use 5% of the program. While I generally believe that stat, I also believe that the 5% isn’t the same for everyone. I wonder if ubuntu would be the same. I know you can use the Internet and e-mail and that should cover most home computer users. Occasionally, someone may need to write a letter, and OpenOffice is there for them. Games? I don’t play computer games much, but ubuntu appears to have a full selection. (They have the connect four game where the kid in the commercial says “Pretty sneaky sis.” I like that one.)
But I wonder if Joe Average home computer user would miss that one feature. That one aspect of their operating system that is seemingly unimportant, but that they would miss terribly.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with it. The one downside to using linux of any sort is that I now have to refer to Microsoft as M$ and use words like suxorz and roxorz. On the upside, Angelina Jolie and I will likely be thwarting evil virus guys in our spare time. Does anyone use linux on any of their machines and care to comment on it?