Ubuntu Rescued My Laptop
A few weeks ago I started seeing the “Blue Screen of Death” on my Sony Vaio PCG-K35 laptop every 10 minutes or so, making the computer nothing more than an overpriced 7 lb. brick. Because my laptop is more of a convenience and I’m in the middle of a large project, it got put up in the closet until I found time to deal with it.
I pulled it out last week and was unable to find the activation keys to Windows XP Pro and Microsoft Office that came with the laptop from the OEM. This pretty much made reinstalling it with Microsoft software impossible, and I’m not about to drop $500-700 on new keys to get it all running again- I don’t even like Microsoft.
This weekend while driving to South Carolina to meet with my fiance’s brother (who also happens to be a minister and is going to marry us), I installed the Ubuntu Linux 6.10 (Edgy Eft) distribution that I downloaded and burnt to CD on my desktop.
Wow. That’s all I can say- Wow. Ubuntu installed like a dream in less than 30 minutes, and everything just worked. My wireless card worked, power management worked, and the DVD burner worked with no tweaking, fidgeting, or fussing.
I’m no stranger to Linux- All the dedicated servers I lease are always powered by a Red Hat or some other Linux distribution. However, all my experiences with graphical interfaces on desktops for the open-source operating system have been painful at best. Every other distribution I have tried always required me to compile drivers, tweak settings, and generally get pissed off trying to make things work.
Ubuntu just does, right “out of the box”.
Ubuntu vs. XP… No Adobe, but Everything Else Rocks