Yeah, Ubuntu is great. I'm switching to it from Gentoo on all my machines because of many reasons but mostly because It's so easy and simple. Games,
Cad, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Premiere? No problemo, just dual/triple/quadruple boot. On my computer I currently have Windows XP 32bit,
Windows XP 64bit and Ubuntu Dapper 64bit, using Dapper as my main OS of course. You can run Wine/Cedega/Crossover office and so on but from my
experience they don't last all the way. Non user friendly/hard to use/understand??? No, no, no, most I've talked to who tried Ubuntu for a month or
so find it easier than Windows. I use as much Windows as Dapper and find Dapper easier and of course more poweful. And for those who have dial-up...
You can order the discs online for free, however it may take 4-5 weeks (boat?). Then we have the issue of hardware support. Sure generally hardware
has better support in Windows, however with a GNU/Linux distrobution you have most if not all the drivers available included except proprietary
drivers so you don't have to download separate drivers after every install. At present time all kinds of stuff is supported... bluetooth mouses, rare
wlan chips, force feedback, IR, 7.1 sound cards, LED's, 3g/UMTS cell phones, external dvdrw drives, Xbox, Nintendo DS, PS2, PS3, watches, PDAs, game
controller rumble, and so on. The biggest problems as I see it are lack of apps and games (fixed by dual boot), lockups (tons of users are
experiencing hard lockups non related to hardware including me, very annoying) and driver quality/performance. But instead of that you get better
security, better and more included drivers, a more "easy to use system", freedom of choosing tools, environment, kernel, window/desktop manager,
access to the source code and no need to pay for the software, no need to upgrade computer when a new version arrives, more poweful commandline etc
etc. You can of course install it on computers based on alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, s390, sparc, x86 or x86 fbs processors. Can
you do that with Windows? Don't think so.
These lockups are very annoying. First if you have an ATI card and use their proprietary drivers you may be unlucky and be greeted by a total lockup
during logout. And if your even more unlucky you may get random lockups even though you've checked your hardware like crazy and your Windows install
is totally stable. That's why I'm leaning towards FreeBSD unfortunately. However DesktopBSD doesn't want to install
And beware folks, GNU/Linux is addictive.
[edit on 2006-6-23 by bracke]