Friday, August 27, 2010

Not Laughing Anymore

I use to read all the blog posts about the year of Linux on the desktop and laugh. Not because I do not like Linux but simply because it was simply to complex for the average user. But my opinion is changing.

Out of absolute frustration with the poor performance of my new work laptop running XP I decided to install the latest Ubuntu version for duel boot. Wow it was easy and fast. I have been able to do everything on Ubuntu 10.04 that I do on a daily basis. It works within my corporate network seamlessly. It worked at home even better. It is super fast but I am sure this is partially because I get the full 64 bit support that I do not get with XP.

Another great thing is how it feels the same whether I am at home or at the office. Windows XP behaved better outside the corporate network. I do not think this is all Windows fault. I am sure the corporate installed tools are a big part of the problem. But now I am running the evolution email client and it works the same in and out of the office. All the development tools do as well.

I have not been able to connect to the VPN we have, which was done with the Nortel VPN client on Windows. However, I used this to connect to outlook and I do not need it now.

I am still not 100% convinced and it has only been a week but so far Ubuntu is doing great as my corporate and at home OS.

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