Back in September, I treated myself to a new Vizio Ultrabook with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSDD. The price was so attractive that I just couldn’t pass it up. I had been using a Netbook for about three years and while it was compact, the small screen size and tiny keyboard were starting to make its use a less-than-pleasurable experience.
After unboxing and powering up the Vizio Ultrabook, I was faced with the familiar Windows 7 boot-up screen. At that point I knew I was ready for something else. I had no prior experience with Linux, although I had used UNIX for a couple of years back in the mid 1980s. I knew I was venturing into unfamiliar territory, but the idea of starting with a different operating system was very appealing…and I was getting rather fatigued from using Windows operating systems exclusively since 1988.
I discovered this forum through a co-worker and learned how to create a bootable USB stick to load Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu and when faced with the choice of having a dual-boot machine or running just Ubuntu, I chose the latter and never looked back. During the first few days, I learned about the software center and also installed all the necessary updates.
Not everything went perfect. Like most everyone, I hit a few bumps along the way.
I had purchased and external Blu-ray drive and it took some digging to find the app that would work for my hardware configuration; it ended being VLC. Through this forum, I was able to get advice on exactly what I needed to do to view Blu-ray discs.
Two days ago, I was not able to successfully boot up my Ultrabook, receiving warnings about my SSDD being full. This didn’t seem possible given that the last time I checked, I was using only 7 of the available 121 GB of free disk space. Again, I came to this forum and discovered the source of the problem. I had log files that had ballooned to the point where my free disk space was down to almost nothing. I also learned how to delete those files and restore my ample amount of free space.
The process of encountering issues and successfully resolving each one has been, well, rather exhilarating. I’ve grown to respect the open-source model and I love not feeling paranoid about security issues.
Anyway, I want to thank the people who maintain and contribute to this forum. It has made my Ubuntu experience a rewarding one.