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Ubuntu: One Year Later

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Hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since my first Ubuntu-themed article appeared on this site. Last October I made the decision to try Ubuntu 8.04. This was the end result of a number of factors, including months of trying to squeeze every drop of life out of XP. Eventually the futility of salvaging a 7-year-old (at the time) OS hit me, and I realized that 2008 was as good a time as any to try something new.

A year later, Ubuntu is still my primary operating system. I’ve also converted my wife’s PC to Ubuntu (at her request) and we use Ubuntu on our laptop for everything besides Netflix. I’ve had 4 friends and most of my immediate family try Ubuntu, and more than half continue to use it as a primary OS.

Impressive, no? Ubuntu is a fine operating system and it continues to improve in many ways. 9.04 was the first incarnation to work “out of the box” on all three of my PCs, and I am looking forward to a new batch of improvements in the soon-to-be-released 9.10 version.

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