Confessions and Revelations
Well nearly five days in to my "Linux Experiment", (for those who don't know, I have been trying to use ONLY Linux for a week to try and learn a little bit), and things are going surprisingly well.
I feel I have got to know, and like, Ubuntu fairly well. I do however have a couple of confessions before I begin.
- As I mentioned the other day, I have been using a VM of Windows 7 to get screen shots for various presentations. I have not however, been "using" the VM.
- Friends came over the other night and wanted to see some photographs and videos I have taken - that are all stored in my Mac. Rather than trying to figure out the best way to port them across and display on the TV, I booted into OSX and used Front Row. I'm sure if I had more time, and notice of their arrival that I would have figured something out using Linux.
Apart from that, it's been Ubuntu all the way. This week I have mainly been documenting so not had to do anything too technical. I even reinstalled SUSE on my Mini Note when I needed to use it and was surprised at how much quicker it ran than W7 or even XP.
I really like one of the methods to install applications using terminal. "apt-get -install "packagename"", seems so easy and will find most applications that I wanted without having to dig around to find things.
My battery on my MacBook Pro seems to not last quite as long using Ubuntu as running OSX but not by a big enough margin to really be bothered about.
I think the weekend will be my biggest test as I switch over from business computing to using my machine to complete various personal tasks etc, but I will see.
Overall, I know now that when I start running OSX or Windows again, it will be because I want to, not because I need to. I'll admit that I had always been a little bit scared of Linux, but now I know that if the need arises to use or troubleshoot it - I am standing in much better ground than I was last week. I will no longer mock people for using it and may even install it on my file server so that I can test it on a more long term basis.
Once again, thanks for all of your help suggesting application alternatives etc.