So far I have used Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10. and as is probably painfully obvious by now I am quite fond of Ubuntu although one thing that I have found to be annoying is its unable to play mp3’s or mp4’s If you don’t have the right codecs installed. This isn’t much of an issue at all unless you don’t have internet access, in that case it is a major problem. Its not that there isn’t a good reason for that, as people that own proprietary software do have the right to limit how it is being used.
At the same time even when you get a Windows PC while it does come with Windows Media Player it doesn’t come with the codecs you need to play what you want either. The work around in that case is to simply download another media player and one that has worked wonderfully for me for years is VLC.
In addition to the many versions of Ubuntu there are quite a few other flavors of Linux that I have also used including OpenSuse, Linux Mint. Open SUSE I didn’t care for as I just wasn’t really feeling the KDE interface it just wasn’t for me.
Now as far as 9.10 is concerned I have a certain fondness for it simply because it ws the very first distro of Linux that I was exposed to and so I leave it on one of my PCs as a result of that. 10.04 is when the desktop color scheme switched from orange to purple and I really don’t have an issue with that at all nothing wrong with a little change here or there.I installed it to the PC using a live CD that was with a magazine I purchased sometime in late 2009 or early 2010.
10.04 is what I was running on my laptop as a WUBI which means I ran Linux within Windows as if it is an application and if I ever want to get rid of it I can simply erase the folder it is in. It was nice and easy to use, although it is not really meant to be used on a constant basis. I had quite a few applications and programs installed onto it, and so I was rather hesitant to upgrade to 10.10 as of yet on my laptop.
I did however take the time to install 10.10 into my beige computer and I am very proud of that since I had purposely removed the CD drive and I wanted to see if it was possible to put an operating system onto a PC by using a USB drive it just seemed like such a great idea and when I did my reasearch I found out it was not only possible but quite simple if it was possible to put an operating system onto a PC by using a USB drive it just seemed like such a great idea and when I did my reasearch I found out it was not only possible but quite simple the do to the program I had on my USB drive was LILO which stands for the Linux Loader, the most popular boot loader for Linux. There are indeed others I have found out about recently but at the time this is the one I knew about thanks to http://www.pendrivelinux.com for that.
11.04 or Natty Narwhal I used that one and I do like about this particular release is it has dropped OpenOffice as its main office suite and has switched over to LibreOffice. I am also excited about its expanded touch screen capabilities as well. As I explain more in detail in another post It wasn’t for me.
Out of them all Linux Mint in general I must say is awesome indeed I like the fact that I am able to play mp3’s and a few other files types that I normally use without having to install any codecs from anywhere it is already set up right out of the box. I also like the clean desktop that it uses the color scheme as well. I have only been using it for quite some time now but so far so good. I do realize that I can probably easily install what I need for various media but I have found Linux Mint to be easier in this respect.
The Linux Mint that I was using is known as Linux Mint 10 or codename Julia Once again I am very pleased with it appearance and ease of use. Now I am checking out it younger edition 12 nicknamed Lisa.
Other distros are Pinguy OS which I discovered in December 2010, and Puppy Linux which is an incredibly lightweight OS designed for computers with limited RAM or Hard drive space. Both are easy to use as well.
Wow! this has ended up being my longest post yet but I enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks for hanging out with me.
sources of information: