Over the last few year I have used Linux as my desktop
operating system on and off. This has
normally been in very short spells, I never found a distribution which I liked
enough to keep me from going back to Windows.
I tried SuSe
(Their Enterprise Linux offering is great), I always seemed to get hung up with library files not
being found etc. Fedora (previously RedHat) was pretty
good, that was back at version 2; I recently tried release 4 and had no end of
problems trying to configure my WiFi card, not so good. A few days ago a colleague of mine showed me Ubuntu, he couldnt say a bad word about it
so I have installed it myself. Installation
was fast and clean, the base system (which still includes major packages like OpenOffice,
Gimp etc) installs from one CDadditional software can be downloaded (including dependencies)
using the included package manager.
Despite the fact that my WiFi card is not natively supported by Linux,
an included tool allowed me to easily install the Windows driver (with ndiswrapper).
So far I havent got a bad word to say about it, lets see how long that lasts!