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:
- 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
- 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.
- I've replaced Media Monkey with EasyTag and Exaile
- I can VPN into my office with no problem
- I can connect to the other Windows PC's in the house with no issues
- Last night I got Quake 4 installed and it runs great! (need to finish that!)
- CFEclipse runs great!
- 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!!