Six months ago I decided to take another look at Linux and installed Ubuntu in a second partition on my PC. Not wanting to dual boot indefinitely I decided to see how things went for six months and then reinstall with either a fully windows or fully Ubuntu environment.
Yesterday Canonical – the people behind Ubuntu – released version 8.04 of the operating system and, not having booted into Windows since early January, I had no qualms about wiping Windows from my hard drive.
And, with a bit of preparation up front, it all went incredibly smoothly. The short version is: backup the home folder; format the drive and install; restore the home folder; reboot.
I haven’t had a lot of time to play around with it as yet but the first thing I noticed was how fast it is. The system boots up in under a minute and applications are launching at a blistering speed.
But for now, it’s back to Jamendo to download (again) all of the music I deleted in order to fit my data on a USB key.