A Month with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

Recently, I got my hands on a used PC from work that I could take home.   The PC is fairly powerful but not state of the art which is exactly the reason why I considered it an ideal PC to experiment with using Linux.  Now I have been using Linux/Unix O/S’s for a while as a software developer […]

Recently, I got my hands on a used PC from work that I could take home.   The PC is fairly powerful but not state of the art which is exactly the reason why I considered it an ideal PC to experiment with using Linux.  Now I have been using Linux/Unix O/S’s for a while as a software developer and although I do not consider myself a power user, for a developwer there are features in Linux that I can really appreciate.  The Unix style command line interface, the free development apps and scripting capabilities not to mention grep and tail, available right out of the box which make linux such a must have O/S for programmers.  Now on the other hand I never really saw Linux as a viable operating system for general use such as listening to music, surfing the web, burning a CD or scanning some pics from my last vacation.  The biggest problem to me always seemed software/hardware compatability issues.  I could never use the software provided by a manufacturer.  Everything was dependant on linux drivers being available and that is a deal breaker for a general purpose computer.  Luckily this does seem to be changing lately as more and more developers are recognizing that a linux market exists.

The linux distribution that I chose to install on this PC is Ubuntu 8.04 aka (Hardy Heron).  Now in the past I have used the Ubuntu live CD and what impressed me the most about this distro was that it auto detected all my hardware along with my WIFI Card.  Before that point, I had tried using SUSE / Fedora (Redhat) distros and the WIFI Card was the onething I consistently had problems with getting to work.   Either the O/S didnt detect the hardware correctly or did not have the proper drivers available.  In once instance, I went as far as recompiling my Windows driver with a NDS Wrapper to get it to work.  Now this was definitely a learning experience but I would have preferred that it just worked.   So basically, the flawless setup of my wifi card when using Ubuntu became my premier motivating factor to use this linux distro.   I figured if they did such a great job with the wifi card, what about everything else. 

So thus began my journey into the world of Ubuntu .  In the coming weeks Im going to continue posting about my experience so far.  Overall I have to say its been a fairly pleaseant one.

To be continued….

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