The Switch: Windows to Ubuntu


So I’ve finally made “The Switch”.  You know what I’m talking about, and you’re probably wondering why I haven’t done it before now.  Well, to put it simply, I’m lazy.  I didn’t want to partition the drive, figure out new menus, commands, or configure drivers.

Well, I’m glad I did.  It wasn’t easy, either.  First, apparently due to my HP coming with a rescue partition, deleting this basically just allotted more space to the main partition.  This means that instead of one untouched drive, I have a drive with one big partition.  While this doesn’t sound too bad, it made things very difficult when installing Ubuntu.  I ended up going into Windows Disk Management and cutting off 10 gigs of the main partition.

At the moment, I don’t have any swap space, but I plan on partitioning another 2 gigs, and hopefully this will make it boot and shut down faster.

Within one hour of using Ubuntu, I was slamming my head on the table, wondering why I had been so stubborn in not trying it out.  Sure, I had to install a few drivers, go through 236 updates (even though I had 8.1, it was a touch outdated), and I’m still working on wireless (Broadcom is messing me up – any help?), but it is, in a word, AMAZING.

From simple things like taking notes in class (Tomboy Notes), to formerly Windows-cluttered things like installing software (Add/Remove), to smooth graphics and effects, Ubuntu has rocked my world.  And I mean that.  Like, it has literally changed the way I compute.

The best thing about this flavor of Linux is that it’s very clean.  From the look and feel to installing software, there’s nothing extra, it’s very simple, and it’s easy to use.

I’m sure more will follow, but for now, just know that I fully endorse Ubuntu and would recommend it for geeks both young and old, experienced and inexperienced.

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