I recently started using Ubuntu, perhaps the most popular Linux distro out there. i can’t say my experience was smooth. i have plunged myself into an absolutely new world.
Oh so badly i wanted to learn to program, yet here i am and i already wanna jump overboard and swim ashore to the cozy, relatively easy windows sands.
My installation of the OS didn’t go great, it just wouldn’t install on my rather crappy computer, in dual boot mode. as a last resort, i replaced my version of windows 7.
Oh did i mention i was stupid enough to turn the third partition of my hard disk into a bootable USB..big mistake! But that can be solved, there are a ton of tools i should be able to use, so no problemo there.
Using Ubuntu, i can just feel its benefits, although i am not sure i can put it in words. I feel like a geek, running commands from within the terminal, though it really is nothing considering i get how-to’s from the numerous forums dedicated to the distro. And the interface is sweeeeet, or as I love to write and *ahem* say, niiiiiiiiiiiiuuuuuuce!!!!
The one thing i am grateful for is the Wine package, which enables me to run native windows applications on this Linux distro. awesome right??
I still get to use my Picasa, i can still use fl studio, i get VLC, and i should be able to more importantly, run Microsoft office. Supposedly because it still isn’t working. I’ll keep trying until i do, the office suite on offer doesn’t quite suit me so yeah.. LibreOffice is an okay alternative though.
So about a week of using Ubuntu, and i have a headache. am i unhappy? Hell no! I am just excited and totally adore the feeling i get when i finally manage to make something work.
As at now, i am still familiarizing myself with the OS learning as much of the ropes as i possibly can.
Starting off my programming adventures in Python, following Zed Shaw’s lessons, the native Python integration (both versions) is a definite plus for me..=D.
Then the most important asset of this OS i must say is the community behind it. Considering its open source and all, there is an awesomely dedicated team of developers and users ready to give a helping hand in times of trouble. And oh, did I also mention there’s an equally suitable alternative to your favorite apps? Only thing is the experience feels a bit different and needs some adjusting to. 🙂
That is awesome, cuz it ensures you’re not stuck.
All in all, I’ll give my Ubuntu experience 8 out of 10 stars, just being me
1.5 if i have some problems because I’m stupid
10 for being a totally challenging experience.
For what other reasons can i rate it??
I dunno. drop a comment and tell me how else i can rate my experience, and oh,do tell me if you’re using the same OS, what your expectations are, and what experiences you have.
And oh, please tell me why you want to be, because of what everyone is. [that is basically what Ubuntu means. understand my title now? Go figure!!:P]