it was just 2 years back that i was struggling to just log into my user account on windows xp only to meet the dreaded BSOD.. and then came into my life Ubuntu.. Initially i tried to install natty on a very old toshiba laptop(pentium 3 512 mb ram ftw!! ) knowing not that unity wouldnt run... in fact i had no idea about anything remotely related to linux at that time except what my cousin was raving about after wasting about a quarter of a day breaking my head, google showed me the way and just 3 hours later(ya very slow internet!!) lo and behold i had lubuntu installed on that laptop.. it took a further 2 hours to sit and update my system and to download all software i needed.. thanks to google again for 3 months trusty old lubuntu ran well on that laptop and then oneiric was released.. i trusted my instincts and went ahead to upgrade.. at that time, i had changed my broadband plans and thus the speed was considerably faster..the upgrade completed successfully and i restarted.. only my laptop wouldnt even start up... i got it started up a few hours later thanks to some help from the members of this forum only to have my hard drive die due to to power failure(the battery was dead and i had to use the adapter to switch the laptop on.. but hey.. lubuntu impressed my mom enough to let me buy my own smartphone and thats how i got my trusty galaxy mini )
there i thought started my most miserable days in life and i longingly went to the Ubuntu website on my desktop pc which ran xp.. and quite by accident, i stumbled upon the wubi installer.. besides myself with joy i hit the download button and waited for two hours... a restart later... BAM!! Unity!!
My initial reaction was WTF!!! where is everything??? how do i open it?? where are my files?? i was at loss... but since i spent 2 hours downloading and installing it i thought i had to give a fair try.. the first week i spent in unity seems to have passed almost like a breeze.. it was fairly fast on 2.5 gb ram and it for first time in years really i liked sitting in front of the comp.. the only gripe i had at that time was my canon laser printer wouldnt work... but i had it solved in time i think only by pure luck... On the 26th of April this year, exactly 6 days before my exams i sat and upgraded my wubi install to pangolin... i think here, the word fiasco is an understatement... the upgrade went horribly wrong but thankfully it was a wubi install so i just went over to windows uninstalled oneiric and installed precise through wubi... it was much faster than oneiric but i was hit once again by the laser printer problem... overtime, i found that wubi became slower and slower to use and i found the problem.. a problem which still amazes me.. wubi had installed the amd 64 bit default version of ubuntu on my 32 bit processor... i'm still wondering how my comp did not sink
i had had enough of this nonsense.. i loved ubuntu too much to let it go by that time so i backed up the data on my 62 gb partition and had ubuntu installed on it.. now it was much much faster than wubi and i also had printing sorted out in a jiffy... something i'd not been able to do in wubi.
But after a few days of using ubuntu along with windows xp i encountered a problem i foresaw long back.. it had been close to 3 years since i cleaned my comp and a very large amount of dust had clogged up rendering my ocmputer unusable.. it wouldnt even start.. besides, a bro i trusted more than anyone else had successfully managed to screw up windows xp.. left with no other choice, i had the comp repair guy called up and my dad apparently did a very large amount of explaining of what had to be done... 2 days later i had the computer back sans ubuntu and with windows 7.. 4 hours on 7 and i decided it was just not for me.. i hunted for half a day through the rubbish at home and got hold of the installation dvd of precise.. this time, i used the try ubuntu option first and it was just pure fun.. i was literally shell shocked to see that i could use any default application during install.. i had photos posted on fb through shotwell and chatted with my friends through empathy.. the installation finished and it gave me the option of continuing with the testing.. i played around a little more for i didnt know installation was this much fun
i then installed easyBCD in windows to set up grub and havent booted into windows ever since
the best part is that my mom.. a computer illiterate who has an aversion to computer refused to use windows 7 and started booting into ubuntu.. nowadays, i get time only to listen to a few songs and download some study material for my exams coming up.. the rest my mom spends cooped up in front of it
ubuntu and especially unity has completely changed my life in many ways... i miss ubuntu at work and find it difficult to work on windows... i just keep searching for the launcher and the dash..lol
i miss some of the features like gnome sushi and tabs and panes in nautilus on windows.. also not to mention that songs continue to play even when the media player the closed(i forgot this and spent half an hour enqueing my vast song collection in windows only to lose everything when i hit play and the close button thereafter ).. ubuntu is by far the best operating system in the whole wide world virus and anti virus free.. secure.. fast and a real pleasure to use ubuntu i will never leave you over to quantal now... just waiting for 18th