I've tested numerous linux operating systems over the past few yearsÂ and have never been completely happy with what I saw.Â A few times I thoughtÂ that I would be able to make the switch from the Bill Gates' Windoze monopoly but then there was always one or two programs that I just couldn't live without. As with weening yourself off of any addiction you need a middle step. "Cold Turkey" just wasn't going to cut it for me. I needed that middle step and Ubuntu got it right with their new release of Ubuntu 6.0.6, code named "Dapper Drake".
Other linux operating systemsÂ require a 5 CD install or even a DVD. From the time I downloaded Ubuntu's 700MB, 1 CD install until the time it was up and running was a matter of minutes. No hardware problems or needing to download a driver that you frequently encounter with new installations of Windoze.
The kicker for me was its ability to run my favorite Windoze programs better than any other linux release with the help of Codeweaver's Crossover OfficeÂ - my metaphoric Nicotine patch. The $40 purchase is definitely worth it.
On top of that compatibility, Ubuntu also boasts some of the best forums I've seen yet. The worst thing for me used to be wondering how to install those programs and wasting hours searching the internet for direction. Pop the search into google and you will immediately come up with relevant pages like this one -> http://monkeyblog.org/ubuntu/installing.htmlÂ (Telling you how to install virtually any package out there.)
HateÂ changing accountsÂ for installs? Ubuntu requires just the entrance of "sudo" then your install command to use the root account.
Perhaps what I like most about is the meaning behind the Bantu derived word "Ubuntu". Nelson Mandela explains its meaning here. A humanist ideology and a humanist operating system.
"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. " -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
If you're sick of Windows or worried about your privacy I recommend switching to this great FREE operating system. I will be posting more about the operating system as I become more emersed.
Amber, Seth, and us acting weird at the Mallard's Game :)
"That we are a strong enough nation to defeat terrorism without fundamentally changing our nation is a message that Americans are clearly ready to hear." â€“ Glenn Greenwald
This book is from a former self-described apathetic who was previously comfortable enough with the direction America was headed that he neglected to participate in elections. However he was disturbed into activism following the actions and maneuvering of the Bush administration following 9/11. In this book Glenn Greenwald, an NYU Law Grad and Constitutional Law Attorney, lays out what he considers to be undeniable and ideologically transcending values at the core of every American and how these values are being eroded by a president who has, to date, remained above the law and untouchable by constantly using the rhetoric of fear and persistently invocating National Security needs in lieu of our neverending and so-called War on Terror. For his protection the president continues to label those who disagree with his policy as â€œunpatrioticâ€ and goes so far as to say they are helping the terrorists.
"Patriotism is not defined by the support of a particular party or elected official. Excess loyalty to an individual or party is the very antithesis of patriotism."
My favorite comparison in the book is when he compares what modern Bush supporters say in defense of Bushâ€™s actions and their ideas of liberty:
"None of your civil liberties matter much when you are dead." --Â John Cornyn (R-TX)
In contrast to the very people who founded this country seeking civil liberties:
"Give me liberty or give me death." --Â Patrick Henry, 1775
I think I will take my civil liberties to the death sinceÂ death seems inevitable in either case. How about you?
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a complete analysis of the continuing controversy over the NSAâ€™s warrantless domestic spying among other things from a Constitutional Law Attorney.
View Glennâ€™s blog at - http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com