Just a quick note: Posts have been light because installing Ubuntu didn’t go off quite as easily as I had hoped, and wound up taking a lot of time over the last few days. This is mainly because either a) I’ve got a hardware problem, or b) I’ve got a corrupt Windows installation, or c) most likely a combination of both.
Anyways, Ubuntu’s successfully installed (after a Grub error 18, followed by repartitioning, followed by a Grub error 21, followed by a little tweak of the BIOS). Along the way I made some mistakes, the computer randomly restarted and/or partioner crashed several times, and I learned that Ubuntu-ers can be very helpful in IRC, but probably only for a couple questions or for interesting questions that they have experience with.
Now I’ve got several fun things ahead, but the main thing is I’m thrilled at how powerful desktop linux is, how much is out there, and how much more control I have than on Windows. Other than being free and open, it’s pretty much the same as Windows – some problems, some need more knowledge or troubleshooting than others, everything else just works…most of the time.
Expect more detailed articles about Ubuntu and life in general once I catch up on some Work work, and some Home work (like getting plumbing hooked up, now that we have countertops and a sink again!)