Ubuntu Install Experience

Last week I decided to install Ubuntu 10.10 on my wife’s 4 year old laptop as a primary operating system. My last experience installing Linux as the primary operating system was from the early Red Hat days, since then I had always installed Linux as a virtual machine using either Virtual PC or more recently VirtualBox.

I had to use UNetBootin to install from USB because the DVD drive on the laptop would not read certain parts of the install disk, but once it got started with the USB boot and subsequent install, things went pretty smoothly and I was up and running with a fully updated installation in 20 minutes.

I was amazed at how much the whole install experience for Linux has improved with Ubuntu. First of all, even before the installation started it had detected my wireless card and had me connected so that any updates could be downloaded and installed while the setup was running. And after the install, every piece of hardware on this old laptop worked, no driver issues or anything.

The only pieces of software she needed were Chrome and Skype, and the synpatics package manager made installing those a breeze, so I had this new laptop setup and ready to go in 30 minutes. What a world of difference. And now with the browser being the primary means for our family to access most of our apps and data it doesn’t really matter that the amount of software available for Linux doesn’t match the quantity available for Windows or OS X, Ubuntu is good enough for us.

Posted via email from Sijin Joseph


  1. This may prompt an article by me, depending on how coherent I sound.

    First I have to say Ubuntu rocks. Especially if you aren’t a hard set power Windows or Mac user, the transition is easy. I find myself missing a few applications that I dearly love. Transmit, Quicksilver, TextMate, to name a few. I know there are replacements, but it doesn’t quite cut it. That is what’s stalling a full transition for me.

    The other thing I really picked up on was your apps comment.

    …with the browser being the primary means for our family to access most of our apps and data it doesn’t really matter that the amount of software available…

    Since I saw GMail and Google Docs come around I projected a new Application paradigm. Applications weren’t written for operating systems or computers, they were written to be accessible through a common interface: The Browser. The browser is a universal interface to program for. If you can write applications for a browser you can write an application that works virtually anywhere. There are considerations to take into account; legacy systems are the bane of any web developer, especially those focusing on newer technology and JavaScript magic. With the strong push towards more interactive web I think that the drive to create web based applications will be stronger then ever.

  2. Exactly the same happens to me, i installed a discontinued version of Ubuntu two years ago in my wife’s netbook that had win XP broken, but it was rescued by Linux. Now she has two laptops, one with win7 and the netbook, but she is still using the netbook the most of the time. She likes a lot Ubuntu. She says that Linux is easier to use