I'm not that familiar with Linux, so when my IT colleagues encouraged me to switch to Ubuntu, I hesitated.
After all, I wasn't going to spend hours compiling an operating system.
What happened since then? Ubuntu shows the rest of the world that open-source software can be easy-to-use and fantastically useful.
I've upgraded to Gutsy, and had a few problems. Desktop effects don't work, I had to turn to ndiswrapper to get my wireless going.
But let's talk about the good things. All the sweet, candy-corn, peppermint-kisses that Ubuntu gives you, expecting nothing in exchange.
I plugged in my printer. Ubuntu loaded the drivers automatically and it was ready to use in 5 minutes.
I plugged in a camera. Ubuntu detected it and popped up with a wizard to get my pictures off.
I wanted to scan a photo, so I started up the pre-installed XSane app, and had a scan in less than a minute.
Can you believe this? Sure, you can. You've been using Ubuntu for a while. But what about the rest of us, who were recently struggling against the tentacled quicksands of Windows? Do you know how much of a hassle it is to use a printer in Windows? To scan something?
I don't even want to get started on the apt-get thing. It's almost rude and obnoxious how easy that is to use. I'm using Windows at work - downloading .exe files and installing themselves seems like such a hassle now.
It's gotten to the point where I'm a junkyard dog, sniffing around the repository lot, looking for a tasty bone. I don't really need Wireshark, Kile and all these movie players. But it's just too easy.
Ubuntu, a sigh of contentment.