This past week I offered to install Linux Ubuntu on my aunt’s friend’s computer. Her laptop is a Dell Latitude C640 from 2001 and it had Windows 2000 on it and took around 4 minutes to startup and was sooooooooooo slow. Pentium 4-M 1.8ghz, 1gb ram.
The only Linux experience I had previously was with CentOS on some of the computers at our uni, and I dabbled with the netbook remix of Ubuntu once before.
I was heavily surprised. Ubuntu runs at normal speed on her laptop and she loves it! I got all the programs she likes to use and even taught her how to use the software installer. It’s now a usable computer and thats awesome!
So in light of that, I decided to install Ubuntu on my desktop just for fun and I’ve been having a blast! I enjoy it a lot and have since then been interested in purchasing a netbook just to install Ubuntu on it and carry it around with me for fun. I think Linux has come a long in just the past few years alone. It needs more smoothing out and some more development to make it an everyday OS for an everyday person, but it’s certainly progressing.
So, what do you guys think of these netbooks? Practical, fun to play around with, or a waste of money? Personally I think they’re very promising but I think I’ll wait for another year or 2 for further development and nicer systems, or so the current ones can get even cheaper!