I recently was given an old Laptop which had greatly suffered from spyware, viruses and all sorts of junk. I’ve been trying to sort it out with XP on it for a few months now, but when my copy of Ubuntu Linux came through the post I thought I’d try it out.
I painfully began installing it through the Ubuntu Live CD and about an hour later was ready to have a little play. At first it seems to look very similar to OSX, but it really is quite a good medium between XP and OSX. Basically you have a taskbar at the top of the screen and a window bar at the bottom. When installed it went straight onto the network, all the hardware worked with proper drivers and it came full of applications to rival Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop along with others I’m yet to use.
It runs very slowly on the laptop though, at least 128mb of RAM is recommended by Ubuntu but it does struggle. The most interesting thing happened when I rand the operating system live on my Dell Laptop, first off the graphics looked incredible on my better screen but best of all it flashed up telling me my battery seemed to be worn out/broken and had a link to the Dell website, which instantly told me my battery had been recalled and provided a form to apply for a new one! So that saved me £50 or so.
Ubuntu seems brilliant though for people requiring basic uses from their PC, it runs amazingly quick from the Live CD on my Dell, it comes loaded with OpenOffice, Mozilla Firefox and Gimp (equivalent of Photoshop) and possibly best of all its very unlikely to get infected with spyware and viruses.
Below is a video of some of the cool effects and transitions that can be achieved on Ubuntu.