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Vista vs Ubuntu vs Remaining Sane

My Acer TravelMate beastly thing is in the shop. It started melting. Whole other story. So - picked up one of the spares lying around the office. This time, a slightly inferior (who am I kidding, ridiculously inferior!) Acer Aspire 3620. 512MB RAM. 1.6 GHZ Celeron.

With Vista on it.

Well, the office had moved over to Vista - so the spare machines were nicely set up and waiting.

Oh. My. God.

Over the last 4 days I have almost put my head through the nice bright LCD. They weren't kidding when they said be careful with hardware, were they? When it takes 25 seconds to alt-tab, you know you've got problems.

SO. I'm taking the plunge and putting Ubuntu 7 (Feisty Fawn) I think it's called. The project? Can you survive in an intense IT environment, helping to run an MICROSOFT development house, where everyone is sending you Office 2007 files? And can you survive using Ubuntu, probably the friendliest of the Linux distributions?

If I have the time, I'll post some thoughts about the experience.

Until it installs, I'm off to manually dictate emails.

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  1. Andy knows my thoughts here, but for the purposes of the blog...
    I'm accustomed to MacOs X, but through circumstances too boring to relate, also landed up on an Acer Travelmate (2007 machine is the best I can offer ito specs) running Ubuntu.
    Ubuntu is great if you've only ever run Windows from the early 90s. It gets the job done, it's functional, it works, it can even be pretty.
    But if you're used to any OS invented after the Y2K bug didn't happen, it's like driving a 1962 Mini when you're used to a Golf GTi. It still gets you from A to B, but the journey isn't nearly as fun, or as scenic.

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  2. why? what are the actual user features that makes MacOS so great? Menu icons at the bottom, context sensitive drop downs at the top (those have nothing on the context sensitive icon bars of office 2007 - once you get used to them)...

    Do people like macs because they're the Diesel Brand of 2005-2010... or are they really all they're cracked up to be?

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  3. Hi,

    Office files are never a problem in Ubuntu. Open office can do the job and it run a lot faster than the turtle (Vista). If you can even to see how Vista compare to Ubuntu you might want to look at
    Ubuntu vs Vista


    It covers a lot of aspects that compare Vista to Ubuntu which might get you happier that you got the chance to run Ubuntu.

    Enjoy,
    vmguru007

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  4. Ubuntu is great if you've only ever run Windows from the early 90s. It gets the job done, it's functional, it works, it can even be pretty. Office files are never a problem in Ubuntu. Open office can do the job and it run a lot faster than the turtle (Vista).
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  5. I like Ubuntu. It is easy enough to use
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