I’ve spent yesterday and today installing Ubuntu.

This is a big deal for me, I’ve been running Slackware as my main OS at home and work since around 2000.

My main reason for switching was that the latest release of Slackware no longer comes with Gnome. I don’t run the Gnome desktop environment, but I like my apps to be compiled against Gnome as I prefer its look and feel to GTK.

A few weeks ago one of the chaps at work handed me an Ubuntu live CD to try out, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out so I gave it a whirl.

I liked it, so eventually I took the plunge and installed it properly.

I set it up to dual boot so I can still go back to Slackware if I need to.

So far though, I like it.

Not sure about all these GUI apps though, I’m used to running Slackware – when I want to do something I hack on text files using vi.

Now I’m supposed to run some fancy-schmancy GUI tool instead. That’s not what Linux is all about surely! 🙂

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  1. I run Ubuntu at home on an old Mac, and all was well til I did an upgrade online to the new Dapper distro, which broke a ton of stuff that I’ve yet to fix (killer is the damn thing doesn’t recognise my USB drive anymore).

    I like Ubuntu, and I like what they’re trying to do with their desktop environment. It’s almost at the point (I stress almost) when it’s getting possible to run and navigate it without ever touching a command line, but even my limited grasp of linux command line-fu makes a huge difference. I think after a while you’ll get used to the GUI and will discover the quick routes back to the minimal Linux environment you’re used to (Ctrl – Alt – F1 to F9 drops you in one of nine terminals, and vi is available, I think).

    Have fun, and if you can help me mount my USB drive, I’d be eternally grateful!

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