Late to the party, but here I am — first post from a Linux box

Wow. It’s faster. It’s better looking and I like it.

Ubuntu rocks. This X41 is now a cooler machine. The question is what took me so long to get here.
Now to explore the wonders of wine and how to run Lotus Notes. If I crack that, the migration is underway. Otherwise I’ll be toting two laptops around.

Just in time for my presentation to the Lenovo OpenSource Committee!

I picked Ubuntu …

Installing now. I went with the full distro but was unable to get into the Gnome U/I, so now I’m on the “safe” install with the hopes I can use it to establish a permanent install on the harddrive. Ahh … that’s better. I don’t do command line interfaces anymore — BASHing my way through the thickets of Linux is an exercise and futility — but the GUI loader is much more friendly to wanna-be Linux geeks like myself.

This is fun. Nice to see a new OS.

Why Ubuntu? SuSE was a massive drag — it isn’t moron friendly and insisted on DHCP configuration or IP configs which didn’t yield success. That said, Dan Lyons at Forbes has been playing with SuSE 10.1 and is happy with it, which is why I went that path in the first place.

Why am I doing this to myself? I want to know what the OOTBE (out of the box experience) would be for an average user trying to mess with an alternative OS. That’s all. I can predict that the install will utterly strand me in terms of productivity given Lenovo’s allegiance to Lotus Notes (the skin disease of productivity applications) and Lotus SameTime — the crack  cocaine of Lenovo communications.

Unless someone knows of a Notes port to Linux …. which, given IBM’s pledge of allegiance to opensource, might not be so far fetched ….

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