The Good Old Days…
I would have been happy to spend some time learning this new interface (after all, I encourage Windows users to keep an open mind), but I found a few of the early quirks too painful. I took the opportunity to play with some other desktop environments, and found myself installing Fedora in the process. It was about time that I learned a little bit more about Red Hat type systems, and I’d heard that the Fedora installer made disk encryption nice and easy which is helpful because I travel with my computer. I eventually settled on the XFCE desktop: I found the interface to be clean and back to basics.
Today I decided to pull an old laptop out of the back of a cupboard. After booting into single user mode to reset my password, my machine presented me with…. Ubuntu 7.04, “Feisty Fawn” !
This old machine is being left to crawl through its upgrade cycle. I’m going to have a play with the latest Ubuntu, and then I’m going to reformat and install Gentoo. Everyone knows that when you’ve compiled Gentoo you gain super-powers.
I still think Ubuntu is a brilliant operating system. It is bright and colourful to appeal to kids, friendly for the noobs, educational for computer enthusiasts and it provides the tools needed by those who dabble with technical computing.