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Finding help from an old nemesis

I’ve written about my preference for the the Linux operating system. While it’s a good OS, it has not been too kind to my laptop as of late. Ubuntu 10.4 was pretty good, though it liked to make my laptop think it was an oven. I tried Mandriva 2010 and openSUSE 11.3, both ran well, with little issues keeping me from making it the main operating system on my computer. After racking my brain about the various issues, I came up with one common thread that each operating system had in common, they all used the Gnome desktop environment. I’m not going to get too much into what that is; I’ll just say that it is one of three most popular desktop environments for the Linux operating system. It is the one I like best. However, there comes a time when you you have to try something different when what you’re used to no longer works.

Gnome’s biggest rival, KDE was a desktop environment I didn’t like. It was too flashy, seemed more like a novelty than serious work environment. I had my preference and stood by it…until now. On a whim I tried Kubuntu (a variant of Ubuntu, using KDE) and so far, I am still using Kubuntu. I am going to put it through the paces tonight and make my final decisions tomorrow. If everything works well, the I will remain writing in a world in which I find comfort. If not, then Windows 7 is always waiting in the dark, like a drug dealer, giving away free hits to future clients; knowing that, whether it be in a day, a week, or even a month, that thew would be back wanting more.

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  1. Thanks for the link. it’s pretty detailed.

    • Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

      You’re welcome. I will be one to admit Win 7 is pretty sweet. But Linux is where I plan to be so, let’s hope they keep making strides.

  2. hmm. Don’t worry I’m not one of those Linux zealots who would wanna murder you for switching to Windows lol. I’ve never used Evolution, or outlook for that matter. Being an engineer I can’t resist the temptation of solving problems though 🙂

    I use an HP laptop, never had a problem with brightness control. But I think it has a hand in messing up your power management. They say the LCD consumes the most power followed by HDD and CPU.

    A speed comparison b/w 7 and Ubuntu someday would be nice 🙂

    • Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

      LOL, it’s okay. I plan to return to Ubuntu with the 10.10 release. Besides, Gnome Shell will be released around the same time, and I am stoked for that. Ubuntu 10.4 is fast, I will give team Canonical that much time.

      Here is an interesting comparison between Ubuntu and Win 7:

  3. Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

    @ Summer: Thank you for the compliment. I am on Windows for now, but Ubuntu 10.10 will be out when this experiment is over.

    @gpcrackjack: I love Ubuntu, and power management was screwy with my Acer. Not to mention there were some wonky issues with Evolution, which would not download some of my email for offline reading. 9.04 worked well, though the screen would freeze on me when the brightness was adjusted. Rest assured, I will be back in Linux.

  4. summer summer

    You really seem to enjoy different kinds of technology. anyway I’m just posting because I wanted you to know I enjoyed your last description of windows. 🙂 Hope it stays working for you.

  5. So, the problem is with the power management huh? I doubt if changing the DE would help. I don’t like KDE either, but it supposed to be similar to Windows. I didn’t have any problems with Ubuntu(Jaunty onwards) on my laptop.

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