Ubuntu goes on smooth and easy

Wow, that worked out nicely! In about 20 minutes I got Ubuntu fully installed with video and network support. It also has OpenOffice, IM and Email clients, a BitTorrent client, and system utilities which look very similar to the ones you get with Windows, and full support for USB. Ok, so far I’m impressed with the Karmic Koala. Sure, I haven’t done much with it yet, the install is half the battle, right?

I started the install at 1:52pm and I was looking at my desktop at 2:19pm. This also includes the time it took to completely format the 640GB drive since it had Windows 7 64bit on it. I figure that took at least a few minutes so the actual install took about 20 minutes. As an aside, it did recognize that I had Windows 7 still on the drive and gave me the option to dual boot. I doubt Windows 7 would have been so kind.

I even got it to play AVI, WMV and MP3 files right off the bat. It’s a simple download to get the codecs. I was actually a little surprised by that.

I forgot that I could use Virtualbox to install a virtual copy of Windows or use WINE to try and run some apps for those times when I would need them. Looks like Virtualbox is the more likely choice since WINE doesn’t support Paint Shop Pro, or Live Writer. I doubt OneNote would work either, but a virtual machine isn’t the end of the world. I’m not quite ready to make the switch, but if this test bed works out Windows may be off this machine sooner rather than later.

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