Yesterday evening I was back to nearly full functionality after leaving my old friend Windows. The surprising casualty of the switch from Windows to Ubuntu Linux is iTunes. Apple hasn't released a Linux client yet, as I suspect the unix to unix port to be a heavy burden (JFDI).
The largest troublemaker was getting my Logitech (MX518) mouse to function. I found a helpful web guide that lead me to edit xorg.conf and set some options (note: I didn't need to change the server layout file). After that I grabbed the following must have (for me) software:
- Google Chrome: preferred browser, email client, social media UI, backup blog platform
- Java Runtime Environment/Java Developer Kit, (bundled with Netbeans): must have for eclipse or JVM languages (scala)
- Adobe Flash
- git: a promising software management tool
- Dropbox: fantastic file sharing & syncronization
- VLC media player
- WINE: an emulator for Windows. Have your cake and eat it? Tried making iTunes work with this but found additional tricks were needed to get it to connect to my iPhone. It could still come in handy for must have winOS software
- VirtualBox: another virtual machine emulator, this one from Sun. I enjoyed Centos under my windows os, may install windows in VB to see how it runs
The installation of the software was done through command line:
sudo apt-get ApplicationName
Or by using the Ubuntu package handler in the UI (under the applications tab).
And the last installation method I used was clicking on .deb files. All methods worked equally well.
Installation was straight forward and setup didn't vary much from a windows experience. It wasn't quite as smooth as setting up Michelle's iMac (she did it all easily and is the bane of all computers). It wasn't substantially harder, although it was significantly less expensive.