I have too many computer-type things. I haven’t been using my netbook much at all since I won an Ipad whilst filling out an Etsy survey this summer. While the Ipad is fun to play with, it is limiting since it works on Apple’s proprietary laden OS (operating system).
Over the weekend, @Linda704 hooked me up with @hellomyavocado who was/is searching for an open source OS for her netbook. She’s been doing as I did last spring, trying out a whole whack of different operating systems.
For some reason I thought I had installed Ubuntu 10.10 (netbook edition) on my netbook when it was released a little while ago but on turning it on I saw the 10.04 interface. So I installed it last night 🙂
Installation went through without any glitches though it took quite a while, a few hours. That did include downloading the updates. While I usually prefer doing a fresh install of new operating systems, especially when there is a huge change like there is between Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 (10.10 uses a new netbook environment called Unity), I was lazy and decided to upgrade instead, figuring that if the upgrade seemed wonky I’d have created myself a report card writing procrastination device in needing to re-install 🙂
I must say that I need to play around with 10.10 a bit more but at first glance it seems too…. restricted in its interface. I want to be able to customize my desktop and haven’t yet found a way to do so outside of the Unity framework (like I said, I need to play around some more. I’ve only barely started to try).
So, at first glance, Ubuntu 10.10 is cute though doesn’t seem very customizable. Not much fun for an open source OS! I will look into the options that are available with 10.10 and if I’m not happy I just may then explore creating my own custom lightweight desktop environment, as explained in this article.