Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu is a high-quality Linux distribution based on Debian Linux. It provides various distributions customized to various purposes; Ubuntu, the "default" system, is based on GNOME. There are also Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), Edubuntu (educational, and provides LTSP) and possibly other official distributions; depending on whether this page is outdated, a DFSG1-style distribution in which all source media must be Open-licensed, as in GPL, BSD, Creative Commons, and/or Public Domain only. In addition, Ubuntu provides absolutely the highest level of driver support (at the expense of Free Software "purity") including nVidia, ATI, Intel, and other manufacturer's binary drivers.

Okay, so this isn't exactly news any more, but I need someplace to which I can link all my Ubuntu-related content, and vice versa. Anyway, since I'm making a page about Ubuntu Linux, I might as well say something. The motivation for this document came from the realization that hey, this thing is getting better again. The "thing" I'm referring to is the synthesis of my laptop with Ubuntu Linux. Oh yes, it has certainly been a long and bumpy road, but then I've had to share this thing on occasion, it's been upgraded from dapper to edgy to feisty to gutsy (including a file-level backup, changing of filesystem, and restoration) and has an 80 GB disk with little room for data because I have been force-feeding it .deb packages.

This is not one of those screenshot festival pages where I talk about how beautiful my desktop is to me, because that's almost besides the point if it didn't make one for me; the point is that the system has gotten to the point where I'm not afraid to customize it any more. It's really never abused me too badly, and I've been able to recover from every setback and accomplish every goal so far with only occasionally having to resort to involving other computers. I say all this in spite of having current problems with associating to access points with nm-applet and ipw3945 and still being annoyed with the generally poor state of bluetooth support. But then again, it's hardly better on Windows in most ways. And try running your Linux software on Windows! You can run it on Linux on top of Windows via a virtual machine or colinux, but that's not quite the same thing :)

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