One of my children’s laptops took a dive on me last night. Nothing mechanical, just the OS. This particular laptop had ubuntu 6.06 installed. I know, lazy father cannot update his kid’s operating system, is what your thinking. In my defense they only play a handful of games on it anyway. So we’re good.
Since this laptop is old and slow I decided to try out xubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy). I have always liked ubuntu’s version of XFCE4. In my opinion it’s a very polished looking distro. Furthermore, it doesn’t feel too different from regular ubuntu so my kids are comfortable going back and forth from there other ubuntu flavored computers.
Having just written the above paragraph, I must now confess something. Xubuntu was not my first choice. I actually installed edubuntu 7.10 but it was so damn slow that it would have surely driven my kids nuts. I kept it installed and just issued a ‘sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop’ so I would not have to sit in front of the installer again. Nice feature, huh? I suppose I should have installed xubuntu from the get go but I was too impatient. I had an edubuntu disc lying around and was in the process of downloading xubuntu. Had to do something while I was waiting for my download. Live and learn but I wasn’t disappointed in the end. Besides I got to check out edubuntu a little…which is pretty nice too.
Anyway, this isn’t a review of any kind but damn!, the xubuntu team put together a fine distro. Here’s another example of a desktop manager that I could use on a daily basis. And I would bet that it would scream on some faster hardware. It’s no wonder people distro hop all of the time. There are so many good ones out there to choose from.
This is why I love using Linux. Choose the right distro and it’s very flexible. It bends to the needs of the user. Think about it…could you install the latest OS from Microsoft on a computer that was 7-8 years old? Oh, it might install but have fun using it. Cripes, Vista barely runs well on a new computer.
Ubuntu’s slogan should be, “Ubuntu: Keep your old hardware…you’ll want it.”
And I shouldn’t forget. My son, who was doing the pee pee dance in anticipation of playing Super Tux again (during the install), is happy once more.