Switched to Ubuntu!

September 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

My laptop was getting on my nerves again, acting slow and dodgy (even though I formatted it only a few months ago). I was feeling adventurous and decided to kick my Windows out of the hard drive and install Linux on it! Asking my friend Bert what is the best Linux distribution in his opinion, I was pointed at Ubuntu. So Ubuntu it is 🙂


Not a day after deciding to clean up the computer I am happily using my Ubuntu. And the cool part is I can just keep using my favourite applications:

  • Pidgin chat client is included in Ubuntu by default
  • Virtualbox has a linux version. This will also allow me to run Windows in case I get homesick 😉
  • Dropbox for sharing my files between work and home
  • Xmind for creating mind maps and notes
  • Google Chrome (although it is not already stable, f.i. the security features don’t work yet)
  • Evernote (using Wine, a Linux app that allows you to install and run Windows applications)

I’m a bit afraid of my more exotic hardware (dvb-t stick, PIC development board, …) but haven’t tried it yet.. But very positive so far!

edit: I got my DVB-T stick working without problems :-). It’s a Pinacle 72e stick, and it is natively supported by Ubuntu. I used Kaffeine player to first test it and it found all my channels without problems. Than I got things working in MythTV using this guide.

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