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.