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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Linux on My Laptop: The Next Attempt

I’ve spent a few days away from this experiment and am trying it from a different angle. Today, I just finished loading Ubuntu 7.0.4 Desktop version on my Toshiba. This was the first time I’d attempted a standard, physical machine install of Ubuntu and I’ve got to say I’m impressed. It was extremely easy. There was no need to visit the Nvidia website to update drivers. Wireless connected just as easily as Fedora 7 did. It’s interesting how the default configuration of Ubuntu desktop lets you sudo with your regular username’s password. I’m sure I’ll find lots of surprises just by virtue of the fact that I haven’t spent a lot of time with either Ubuntu or Debian. I’m actually pretty excited about getting a different perspective on Linux than my current view as a user of Slackware and RedHat (Fedora). I’m writing this from within Ubuntu and Firefox. Obviously, I’m going to do the usual checking for updates, then I’ll go about configuring it with software. The first thing I’ll try (if you’ve read the previous posts) will be running in a dual monitor config. More soon.

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