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8 Months with Ubuntu

Looking back it's been almost 8 months since I made the switch to Ubuntu...

I just finished building a new machine and reinstalled Ubuntu Edgy - I was going to wait until Feisty was released but was too impatient.

My New PC Specs *

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor
  • Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Video: GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Silent Pipe Video Card
  • Drive: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
  • RAM: 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 SDRAM
  • CD/DVD: Samsung 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM
  • Case: Antec Performance One P180B

  • I purchased everything at Newegg

Since I don't play many games anymore I wasn't going for all out performance - rather I wanted something fairly quick and quiet!

Installation went fairly well - had a few issues initially but after asking some questions on the Ubuntu forums I got the BIOS settings worked out and the install went smoothly.

The only thing I couldn't get working was the on-board NIC. But I had a 3Com card in an older box so I popped that in and it picked it up right away.

So far it's been running great! This case has a really unique design - one I've only seen in server cases before - it has the power supply in a different area away from the mobo - so you can control your airflow and temps a bit better. It had 3 120mm fans but is very quiet! The video card is fanless as well which helps with the noise.

On Ubuntu So far I haven't run into much I can't do with Ubuntu:

The bad:

  1. I have a few old applications which use an Access db (I know!) and those I can't open and have to use a Windows PC
  2. I had previously used Microsoft Publisher to do our Xmas newsletter and I had to open that on my wife's PC and export it to text - which I then copied over and redid it with Open Office.

The good:

  1. I've replaced Media Monkey with EasyTag and Exaile
  2. I can VPN into my office with no problem
  3. I can connect to the other Windows PC's in the house with no issues
  4. Last night I got Quake 4 installed and it runs great! (need to finish that!)
  5. CFEclipse runs great!
  6. I'm getting used to the Gimp, and Inkspot is a nice Illustrator replacement.

And best of all I don't have to worry about Vista hassles!!

For more check out the Ubuntu site, and forums!

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