By Geertjan on Jun 06, 2011
The new work laptop received a few months ago had Windows preinstalled. I never got around to uninstalling it and moving to my standard Ubuntu setup. But then last week a whole series of mishaps happened starting from a conversation with a colleague where I shared my desktop with him via Skype.
Type "bsod skype windows" in google and you'll see this. In other words, Skype's more interesting features simply are not compatible with Windows.
Recovering from that scenario was next to impossible. There was some environment variable I had to unset somewhere, but my laptop would start up and then, after about 4 seconds, would shut down again, after which it would restart automatically, and then crash again 4 seconds later.
There were various random pieces of advice about what to do, i.e., go into some internal bios menu or other, which only messed things up worse in the end.
Eventually, many hours later, I was back on Ubuntu. Now Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal. Apart from the recent break, I've been a user of Ubuntu since 9.04, Feisty Fawn. Now that I'm back on Ubuntu, my aims & intentions need to be clearly stated so that I have a reference point later:
- Keep the desktop clean.
- Put related things into the same folder. E.g., all NetBeans projects in a NetBeans Projects folder.
- Have as few non-default things installed as possible. Right now, that's Mercurial, NetBeans, JDK 6 Update 25, Skype, Thunderbird.
- Periodically, i.e., weekly, go through things and just delete stuff that isn't recognizable anymore. E.g., remove screenshots if you're already using them somewhere. The longer something stays around the more important it seems. And then the longer it will stay.
I must say I really like Ubuntu 11.04. I think things have gone a bit far in emulating Mac OSX, I wonder who that's supposed to please (there's a reason I'm not on the Mac, so why bring the Mac to Ubuntu), but it's not disturbing me too much.
I did notice that suddenly title bars of applications would disappear, this happened once or twice, but was solved by a restart. When that happened, the whole Mac-effect of everything being shared within a single menu bar seemed to suddenly happen, unasked, which was a bit odd.
I guess the biggest enhancement for me is not so much related to Ubuntu. It's that I completely deleted my Windows partition, with everything in it, i.e., everything I had before is now gone. Not as bad as it sounds since anything of value should have been on java.net or elsewhere. Better a clean system than a cluttered one, even if that means sacrificing one or two really important things that you only discover later you erroneously deleted.
Oh well, here's to the new world of Ubuntu! From here forward,
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