Ubuntu Linux

The other day I decided it was time to upgrade my Linux box from Fedora Core 2 to Core 4. I called a buddy of mine to see if he had the discs already burned and to my surprise he told me about a new flavor of Linux called Ubuntu. Their tagline is “Linux for Human Beings”, and they could not be more right. I have only been using it for about a week now and I am in awe of its ease of use and clean interface. I love that it is only one disk image to download (not 2 or 4) and I really love how easy it is to install and within a 1/2 an hour be up and running. The installation screens are text-based but they are informative and easy to follow.
Once installed their is an indespensible website called Unofficial Ubuntu 5.04 Starter Guide, that walks you through everything from adding extra repositories for updating software, installing mulitmedia software, to setting up a server. The good folks at Ubuntu have really got it together and I hope they are able to keep up the momentum. If you are looking for a version of Linux, that is free, and easy enough for your mom to use then this is it. I may be jumping the gun with the mom comment, but if you are computer savvy and are looking to get into Linux this is definitely the flavor to cut your teeth on. If you don’t have another computer or you don’t want to try to set up a dual boot, you can download the Live CD. Enjoy

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