A few months ago I selected Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as the new operating system on the Acer TravelMate T290LMI notebook I use at home and for work. In past years I tried other Linux distributions and always returned to Windows. Now I'm sticking with Ubuntu, but I haven't been able to give up Windows altogether yet.
I began thinking about switching to Linux when I looked into buying the latest releases of software for my new business. Most of the applications I use are for word processing, spreadsheets, and the Internet, but the cost to upgrade my old version of Microsoft Office was beyond my budget for software. I also have a copy of Quickbooks 99, but Intuit no longer supports this version for payroll or updates.
Ubuntu installation was simple, with nearly flawless hardware recognition. The touchpad on my notebook worked, but the default driver didn't support its scroll feature as it did in Windows -- not a big problem for me. Soon, I was using my wireless network, downloading new applications with Synaptic, and restoring my backed up files. The speed of installation was noteworthy for business users who hate wasting time searching for special drivers or rummaging through forums for answers.
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