This weekend, on a whim, I decided to install Ubuntu Linux onto my laptop. Previously, when I tried Ubuntu on my desktop, it worked, but was a real pain to use; it seemed like on every hand there was some new driver issue or problem to deal with, each of which would take the better part of an evening to fix.
On my laptop, it’s the complete opposite. Ubuntu has been an absolute joy to use. It’s even been able to do stuff that I would have thought impossible for this older-model Toshiba. For example, it’s capable of running Beryl, an awesome 3D desktop program, even though the laptop has a pitiful video card. Here’s an example of what Beryl can do on a system with a good video card:
On mine, it’s not nearly as smooth, but it still works pretty well.
Anyways, I guess the lesson here is: Ubuntu is a lot better on older, more common hardware than on Franken-PC’s like my desktop. And when Linux is working properly, it can be a lot of fun.