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3 months old today, Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty!

Posted 09-03-2009 at 05:29 AM by VipX1
Updated 01-10-2010 at 07:47 AM by VipX1 (Additional info, Update!)

I was in Birmingham airport at the end of March this year in WHSmith looking for a magazine to read during the flight. I was in the middle of editing the company web site at the time, an on going project but I was doing it all on XP, my company PC. That months Linux Format magazine had an article on Google web master tools and Java script and after a brief flick threw the magazine I bought it. I read the article on the plane and a bit more besides. The free CD had PC Linux OS on it. I had a go of Ubuntu about a year previous because this guy in a little computer shop said it was so much faster than his XP machine. I didn't give it a chance, I had it on MS Virtual PC and got no real feel for it. Anyway, I changed the hard drive in my laptop and using the free CD I did a fresh install of PC Linux OS. I spent the next week trying to get the WiFi working correctly, as you do and then I looked at it on and off for the next 2 months. When a friend called into the office, around middle of May I told him I was using PC Linux OS and that I thought it was a bit tricky. He sad "that serious stuff, try Ubuntu". So wipe PC Linux and fresh install of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. It just happened the drive I used for the installs was an 8GB SSD. The laptop is a high spec (because it came with Vist(saying nothing about Vista)) but with Ubuntu installed on the 8GB SSD I could to a full reboot from desktop and back to desktop again in 40 seconds.
I knew what LAMP was before I started using Ubuntu but I never thought about my own web server. After I got familiar with Ubuntu and used the Forums for learning about the commands and the different functions I went ahead and built my own Ubuntu 9.04 server. My company web site is still hosted and it will probably stay that way. However, I've started a second domain on my server and use it for various things that I was never able to do before because of restrictions on the hosted server.
I was just playing with Compiz on the laptop there,one of 3 x Ubuntu machines incl. web svr. that I have now and it's brilliant. I don't how I survived without Ubuntu and Linux before now. If I have something complicated and new for me that I want to do, I have a look at the forums and off I go. If I get stuck I post the question and it's sorted, Job Done!
I have been working with XP for some time now. Where's the XP forum with lots of helpful people at the other end, willing to help if they can or just offer a suggestion maybe? Microsoft people treat the knowledge they have like they have a patient on it or something. It's always like "Yeah, well you know.. it's not really that simple, eh..." and then that's it. They tell you nothing. I got an answer to a problem from Microsoft themselves once. I sent a message to the Microsoft site. I got back one answer and it wasn't explained. I don't know what it did but it worked. It was sent from a 'noreply' email address. I know now that is here and that a MS version probably exists but where the MS version is I don't know. Which MS help forum is a good one?
I'm have no doubt there are people who would disagree and say this or that MS forum is very good. The fact remains though, when I started up ubuntu for the first time and went into firefox, 30 seconds later I was in Ubuntu forums and I had access to all the information there. It just seems easier to use Linux, why is that?? The whole Linux community is more transparent and the people are nicer maybe..
Thanks to the Linux community for the all the different OS's and all of the help which is freely available. Cheers!

I am using Linux almost a year now, Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic. Have my Cairo-dock and so many different software packages giving me endless admin tools for my work..
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    Latest update, I have built my web site a few times now. I am comfortable messing around with PHP and Javascript and Jquery. I wanted to get into programming more but I find web sites a bit tedious sometimes, always positioning things with CSS. Anyway long story short I am starting a C# course, Microsoft .Net because I really like desktop developing.
    I think all new Linux users go threw a stage of being anti-Microsoft but at this stage I admire anyone who can write clever code.
    Posted 01-19-2011 at 02:02 PM by VipX1 VipX1 is offline


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