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Finally someone got installation right

I'm talking about Ubuntu. Yes, a Linux distribution has rocketed light years ahead of all other operating systems in the installation category. How? With the forthcoming release of MS Vista, could an operating system stake a claim on the single most innovative, intuitive, and simple installation process out there?

Ubuntu just did. And that's exactly what their installation is like. It just is. It's like Zen and the art of OS installation.

Don't believe me? Let me tell you what the installation process is like.

  1. Insert install CD (that happens to be a live CD)
  2. Boot computer from live CD
  3. Once OS is up and running click on the Install Icon
  4. Follow the simple directions
  5. Reboot
  6. Yer done

Not only is the installation process a breeze, you can play around with the operating system as it installs! While I was installing Dapper I was happily browsing the web, checking my mail, and playing a game or two. Now you don't want to be taking care of production-level work while the computer is installing on the hard drive you're working on. That would be disastrous. But, you can take a peek under the hood before the hood is even added. Nice.

What's also outstanding about Dapper is it's ability to detect hardware. On a test install I compared Windows XP vs. Ubuntu and found that XP missed roughly 45% of the hardware on the machine (and all common hardware at that). Ubuntu? Detected everything and everything worked upon first boot.

Simple. Plain and simple.

It didn't take long for Ubuntu to become my OS of choice. If it weren't for the installation process, the hardware detection alone would have sold me.

And of course Ubuntu has an outstanding Debian base so you know it's rock solid.

So if you're looking for an OS that any given Biped can install, look no further than Ubuntu Linux! 



Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.


Well I tried Ubuntu on the wifes IBM laptop and it was okay. But then I tried PCLinuxos, sorry guys but it was much easier to install for me and it found my Linksys wpc11v4 wireless card all by itself Ubuntu wanted me to go through a bunch of contortions for that. Glad you like Ubuntu but for my money PCLinuxOS beats them out.


I completely agree... and don't forget how it also sets up a dual boot very happily, and it's just another option... you can say wipe the drive, manual edit, or use a slider to select a proportion of the drive to re-size to, and use the new chunk... no technical knowledge needed... and it will make sure there's the free room, too, when you automatically have it resize...

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