Murray Williams lives and works in Northwest Arkansas. He tries to keep his blog up-to-date, but the pressures of life squeeze in and sometimes he just doesn't have the time. You can check out his full site at www.murdog.com.

1.21.2007

I am a Geek!!

Ok... I just installed Ubuntu on my home computer and I am up and running! In fact, right now I am entering this blog post while in Ubuntu. I haven't been using it long enough to really have a true impression of the system, but so far, so good.

I did have a little trouble getting my wireless internet up and running, but other than that, it was pretty easy, and as you can see, I am on the net so I did it.

My home computer is a little slow. I heard that Ubuntu, or any other linux OS, breathes new life into old hardware, and I think they're right. Firefox opens quite quickly, and downloads even seem a bit snappier.

When I go to my main site, www.murdog.com, it opens like liquid lightning.....sooper fast!.

I was scared to install this on a computer that already has XP on it. I was afraid that I would some how lose that install and then I would be stuck with linux. Well Ubuntu was fairly easy. After the install, it noticed that I already had a copy of Windows and asked if I wanted to make the system dual-boot. That means it will ask you on boot which OS you want and then it will start the one you chose. Of course, I said yes and what do you know... it worked.

The install wasn't without its problems. I first tried to install the latest build of the OS, and for whatever reason, it didn't work. It would just get stuck on the initial splash screen. I read in the forums (did I mention that I am definitely a geek?) that people who were having that problem were succeeding using an alternate version. I downloaded the alternate and it worked. The only problem with the alternate version was the installer was text based rather than GUI based. That scared me a bit. But, all is well and I am on the net. Yea me!

MurDog, the dual-boot geek OUT!!!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Brett said...

Geek Chic is cool these days.

I made the switch back to Mac a couple of months ago and I'm so glad to be free of Windows. And my Mac Pro is smoking fast...

11:37 PM

 
Anonymous Matthew said...

Good job! I've got Ubuntu on my older Toshiba laptop and I love it. It tried for a while to get my wife to switch over to it because of all the crapware on our Dell Desktop but I decided to drop the subject, let our antivirus subscription run out, and am praying for it to get hit soon so I can replace it with an iMac.

Glad to see you blogging again.

6:43 AM

 
Blogger Murray Williams said...

Yeah, ever since Apple switched to OSX, I have to admit that my allegiance to Windows has been shaken to nearly the point of breaking. And now that you can run Windows apps with Parallels, who knows. Adobe just needs to allow cross-grading, and brother... I am in.

9:55 AM

 
Blogger Brett said...

Actually, Adobe does allow crossgrading (but they don't really publicize it). I just gave them a call and told them that I had a licensed copy of Photoshop CS2 for Windows and I was switching to Mac. They send you this form that you have to sign and send back declaring that you will destroy your copy of CS2 for Windows, then they send you a disk with the Mac version on it for the cost of shipping (something like $7.95). Very nice.

I'm assuming they do this for the rest of the Creative Suite, but I don't have any experience with it personally.

1:01 PM

 

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