I’m a command-line kinda computer user.Â Always felt that the point-and-click interface was rather like taking a shower in a raincoat, and got in the way of efficiently getting work done.Â I stuck with DOS up till very recent times, precisely because you could Get Things Done with it.Â Â Alas, my favorite word processor (Word 5.0 for DOS) ended up with severe Y2K issues, and CompuServe went to a brain-dead system that wouldn’t allow for automated access any more.Â So the best of the best DOS software wasn’t enough any more and I had to start using Windows.
It’s odd, then, that I didn’t take to Linux sooner than I did.Â It has a wonderfully efficient command-line interface in addition to its GUI overlay, and the commands themselves are logical once you learn the language.Â Â It’s my kinda stuff.Â But Linux is the tenth operating system I’ve learned and I guess I thought my poor old brain would leak if I tried it.Â So I didn’t experiment with it at all until very recently.
My daughter kindly gave me her HP Pavilion laptop when she got a newer one, and finally I got annoyed enough at Windows XP Home (on that computer–won’t sully another one with XP of any variety) that it dawned on me that it would be a good time to work with Linux a bit more.Â We’d put Ubuntu on the server, and I’d fiddled with that a bit, so I installed that on the HP dual-booted with XP.
But it was slooooooooooooooooooow.Â I don’t really know why, either, since the laptop is in no way underpowered.Â And I wasn’t thrilled with the burnt-orange color scheme, either, to be honest.Â So when I saw a mention of Xubuntu on the Lifehacker site, I decided to give that a try instead.
I like it, so far.Â It seems to run faster, the blue color scheme is better (yeah, I know, I could have changed the other one but I didn’t) and the sheer joy of logical software with a whole universe of free apps is still very much apparent.Â I could definitely get to like this stuff.
Unfortunately I can’t dump XP completely because there are some apps that won’t play nice with Windows 2000 (yes, I’m looking at YOU, Amazon music downloader) but I can assign XP to as small a partition as I think I can get away with, and have the laptop boot into Xubuntu.Â Thus, I will learn more.Â I will be the Queen of the Command Line once again!
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