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Changed over to Ubuntu Linux

May 23rd, 2008 . by Matt

I finally made the change with both my home and office desktops, and I am really relieved. Ubuntu Linux is actually really simple, and in the two weeks I have been using it I have only had to enter a command line once (one of the infamous drawbacks of Linux) for a very specialized media codec that 99% of people do not use.

Ubuntu comes pre-packaged with virtually everything I need, right at the start, like all the office productivity software. Ubuntu also detected and instantly installed the drivers for my HP multi function printer, the installation of said drivers that were always a chore in Windows. I am able to burn CDs and DVDs straight away as well. I also can’t argue about the price (it is 100% free, and so is almost all of the software).

The system itself is extremely stable, and does not crash. It also gave new life to my 2 year old AMD Athlon 64 3000+ desktop, which now responds extremely fast. The only downside is the lack of games that are compatible with Linux. As much as I like the Ubuntu version of Linux, I will probably not install it in any new desktop I get as it cannot play most of the games that are available on the windows based PCs.

If you don’t play games, definitely try it out.

7 Responses to “Changed over to Ubuntu Linux”

  1. comment number 1 by: Gerbilbastard

    If I might make a suggestion about your current blog layout, it would be great if you could change the font color of links in the body text. Right now links appear as white text – the same as the normal body font.
    If you could underline links or change their color it would be easier to separate them from the normal text.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    Gerbilbastard, I will get right on it. I don’t suppose you know the code to implement the change?

  3. comment number 3 by: Gerbilbastard

    If you open the file called style.css in the directory where this blog is stored, you’ll see some code in the /* Main */ section. This main section is the center column of this blog. Look for this part of the code:

    #content .post .post-entry a {
    color: #FFFFFF;
    text-decoration: none;

    Change the word ‘none’ to ‘underline’ and it should underline all links in your posts. If you’re concerned about making changes to the code of your blog and if you’re using Firefox, you should get the add-on called Web Developer. You can actually edit the CSS files to see what it will look like without making permanent changes.

    One thing I couldn’t figure out was that it looks like you might have two style.css files in that directory (Web Developer was seeing two of the same-named file). If you make changes to one and nothing happens, you could probably do the same to the other. The style.css file can be edited with any text editor. If you get Web Developer you can save the file easily.

  4. comment number 4 by: Gerbilbastard

    On a side note, if you change that #FFFFFF using web based colors, that will change the color of the links. This section that I mentioned above won’t affect user comments, though. That is in another part of the css file. I think if you get mess around with it for a bit, the code will make more sense. Use google or something to search for syntax if you want to change other options. And I would recommend making a backup of the style.css file just in case you destroy it. 🙂

  5. comment number 5 by: Matt

    Hey! Did it. Thanks!

  6. comment number 6 by: Gerbilbastard

    Looks good! 🙂

  7. comment number 7 by: Gerry-Bevers

    I really like this new format. Good choice, Matt.