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I received a free IBM T30 laptop from work with Windows 2000 running on it; I figured I would give Linux a try, why not? I had never tried Linux before and wanted to see what all the hype was about.
I went from:
Suse Fedora --> Madriva (paid $50 for the CD and then $60 to join the club) --> Slackware --> Gentoo Debian --> Ubuntu
In about 10 days.
Wow. If it wasn't for Ubuntu I doubt I wouldn’t be running Linux at all.
The download and install was a breeze, the community if the friendliest bunch of folks in the world, and the unofficial guide is a big help when installing verboten packages, and the official Ubuntu forums also have great info.
The program list is expansive, stable, and bleeding edge. You don’t even have to edit the repository listing file, there is a GUI for all of that.
Ubuntu also checks automatically for updates.
There is however a lack of DVD and mp3 support with the installed release, but that is easily installed and configured with the help of the unofficial guide. Wi-Fi support is spotty, but it is with most Linux distributions.
What else is there to say? It really has to be seen to be believed. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
P.S. - Don’t let the geek banter dissuade you…