Today I had an interesting conversation with colleagues and friends about Vista and who all amongst us wanted to upgrade our home computers to Vista.
All of them said they were going to hold off upgrading their home machines.
There seemed to be a few valid reasons:
- There are still a lot of “unknowns” about Vista.
- It might have all the oomph but the home computers need to match the oomph.
- Price. No one wanted to pay 400 bucks (NZ) for only an upgrade. And that too upgrade to the home edition.
All my temptation to upgrade to Vista was tempered after this conversation. And rightly so. That was all it was — a temptation.
However, I’ve been meaning to make my machine dual-boot — Windows and Linux. So that is the project that I am going to undertake this weekend.
I’m going to be installing Ubuntu alongside Windows XP.
In case you haven’t heard about it, “Ubuntu is a free, open source Linux-based operating system that starts with the breadth of Debian and adds regular releases (every six months), a clear focus on the user and usability (it should “Just Work”, TM) and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of support for every release (and with 6.06 LTS you get 3 years on the desktop and 5 on the server!).” You can read more on the Ubuntu site.”
From what I’ve read and seen of it, I am very impressed. I downloaded the Ubuntu CD image file and have burnt it on a CD. (If you want you can ask them to snail-mail the CDs to you — and they do it free of any cost to you!)
Rebooted my computer with the CD and it loads up Ubuntu from the CD! Yes, the complete OS runs from the CD! Very impressive. Once logged in, the user interface was really nice and clean. All applications — video, audio, word processor, spreadsheet — were preloaded and all ran without needing to do anything. (Ubuntu ships with Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office, Gaim, and a whole lot of other free stuff).
It was a wonderful experience! Very different (almost opposite) from what I had when I installed Red Hat on my laptop a few years back.
Now the weekend is going to be spent in partitioning my home computer, installing Ubuntu properly and dual-booting.
I don’t think I’ll be in any hurry to switch to Vista at home in the near future.