I’ve been using Ubuntu Linux‘s Breezy Badger development version as my desktop for the last two days. This is because I’ve had a linux programming assignment to do and rather than ssh into the universities unix server and struggle with small windows and copy and paste failure, I thought I’d simply do it all in linux and use open office to type up my findings. As a whole it’s worked very well and I’m totally comfortable using the desktop environment. It basically feels more natural than windows to me I think.
This is usually where I’d write “but….”, however I can’t think of anything that just doesn’t work once the computer has been setup. The only flaw I’ve came across is that usb support can be a little iffy – but this is purely because I’m running the latest unstable “not meant for production use” version.
Setting the computer up was mainly fine apart from the fact that Ubuntu didn’t detect my Acer AL511 lcd monitor, I had to track down my horizontal and vertical sync rates on the net, then just add “HorizSync 24-61” and “VertRefresh 56-75” to my xorg.conf. Obviously this is too much for the regular user and should just work, but as regular users don’t go around installing operating systems it doesn’t really matter to them.
I’ve come to find it as a pretty good operating system and I think I plan on using it as my main desktop and only using Windows when I wish to do assignment work that requires it or play games. Now if only I could find an IDE as good as Visual Studio.net…