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So I’m dual booting my nice new laptop.  One side has windows home media edition (a silly version of xp 1/2 way to vista).  The other wants to be ubuntu.  I tried latest and greatest (feisty 7.0.4 herd 5) and got my ass handed to me 🙂  My components are a bit too new for this beta version…so I couldn’t even boot to windows let alone finish the install…nice, eh?  Now I’m having a go at 6.10 (stable).  We’ll see if that works for me.

One of the reasons I want to dual boot is to test out wine or other windows simulators, but more importantly, to layer compiz on top 🙂  I’m pretty certain that I’ll have to wait for feisty to become stable and for Asus/radeon to catch up with it’s video drivers.  Currently neither xorg and radeon support compiz needs.

Hopefully all this reinstalling has not trashed my windows partitions…heh…ergo what little data I have 🙂

Windows free

Ok, so…I’m windows free on my laptop. Microsoft caught up to me with my “pirated” version and said, “hey! We think you may have a pirated version!”

Rather than pay the $150, I decided to chuck it all and go with Linux.

Ubuntu to be specific. It’s a derivative of Debian.

Very nice. While I’m quite used to Linux, having all the desktop features is pretty nice. Things I like so far…

1. Integration with Windows networks is seamless. The guis created for this desktop version are bang on and well done. I can find my windows box here at the house with no problem.

2. Rdesktop – ooohhhh, now that puts windows remote desktop feature to shame. I can connect to a windows box, ala remote desktop, and even control the experience. It runs MUCH better than the standard windows version. I can control bandwidth and color and size and everything!.

3. Workspaces 🙂 aaahhhhh.

There is more…I’ve just not figured it out yet.

So far the only thing I don’t like is the utter lack of support for high end graphics. Gimp is, well, not much better than it was 10 years ago when I first tried it. If I become rich (really rich) I’m going to fund a port of Photoshop for Adobe and fucking give it to them to maintain. Talk about conversion of the masses. Webdevelopers world wide will toss aside that last little niggling dependency and convert full on.

In the meantime, maybe I’ll consider VMware, its just that I’ll still need to buy fucking windows. *sigh*