I haven’t been using the Ubuntu 10.04 installation I did lately In fact, I’m quite glad I did it the way I did it. I dual booted it and dedicated a week to using it. Let me go over the main reasons I failed to convert to Ubuntu, yet again.
- The main reason, it’s slow and sluggish, pretty much all the time.
- It took up too much space on my netbook (visually).
- Chrome kept crashing.
- Flash kept crashing, and was slow and sluggish.
- It took almost 30 seconds to resume from sleep.
- It won’t uninstall!
As you can see, this includes many of the same reasons I have quit using Ubuntu before. Mainly, it’s about speed and good graphic design. I just can’t stand how slow it can become, even with 2gb of ram. It’s also not giving me the option to remove it, gparted does not like resizing my partitions back. So, I may have to look forward to re-installing Windows again, which might keep me away forever! j/k
I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on an old Dell Dimension 4400 for a friend of mine at work. They had Windows XP, but lost it due to a virus and and lost the key. Being the cool Linux guy that I am, I opted for a legal (more interesting) option: Linux.
Now, what I am writing this post about is the immense difference between performance from 256mb of RAM the computer came with, and the upgrade to 512mb I gave them; incredible! I am really impressed with how Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is running on this old Dell. It just might convince me to try Ubuntu yet again! Plus, I am getting a sneak peak at all the new things in the OS, fonts for one I am impressed with for once and the theme is brilliant!
Ubuntu 10.04-LTS Screenshot
Today I got bored, and like always, like going back to a drug, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a virtual machine. Big mistake! Well, given Ubuntu’s history with me, it may be a mistake. I always have to deal with these itches to install Ubuntu; I love love love the idea of free software and Linux in general. But, if history has proven itself, then I probably shouldn’t install it on my Acer Aspire One. I have tried 8.04, 9.04, and 9.10 on all flavors of laptops, most recently 9.10 on my Acer Aspire One, in which I ended up installing XP so I could get my work done.
Ubuntu just always has “the problems,” maybe I will go through my old posts (not on this site yet) and count all those problems. I just remember it being slow and giving me enough problems that I went back to something that worked: Windows. And, it’s always about doing my work and not having to deal with fixing, hacking or customizing Linux-based OS’s all the time. But, the itch (as I have termed it over the years) is there, and I really really want to try it out. But, this time I am going to be patient and maybe Virtual Box it or something on my Acer and see how it works, maybe spend a couple days trying to use it and see if it slows down at all or just gives me hell.
Oh, Ubuntu, it’s like a bad romance…