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Ubuntu Linux, Dapper Drake Flight 7 - How Linux is getting very close to mass adoption

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I decided to try out Linux again. A couple years ago I gave SUSE Linux a shot for the desktop, and it was not quite ready for primetime. UI elements were all over the place, the system would not always respond as intended, it was a bit messy. Today I thought it would be fun to try Ubuntu and Kubuntu Linux (GNOME and KDE respectively). I could not remember which I liked better, so I gave them both a shot. My setup is a Fujitsu TabNote 4020d.

To make a long story short, I found that I liked Ubuntu or the GNOME distribution a bit better. This is purely personal preference, I just liked the way things were organized. I did like some elements of KDE more than GNOME, but I decided upon Ubuntu for my final Linux test. I downloaded the Drapper Drake builds of both Ubuntu and Kubuntu (Flight 7) since I wanted to be bleeding edge here. Ran the live CD and was able to install on a second/third partition right from the CD. The Kubuntu installer had a few more problems than Ubuntu did, but it is a beta and both installed just as easy if not easier than Windows XP. I was very impressed. In fact, the only operating system I know of that is easier to install is Mac OS X.

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