[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu/Linux is still not an OS for the masses - discuss

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Oct 20 00:19:08 BST 2010

On 19/10/10 21:29, Barry Drake wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-10-19 at 12:47 +0100, pmgazz wrote:
>> Totally agree, takes a fraction of the time and botheration 95% of the
>> time.
> That's my experience exactly!  I've installed various incarnations of
> Windows and it's been a real pain!  Compared to that, Ubuntu is just
> Soooo simple.
> My biggest annoyance with Windows was it's propensity to give you a two
> minute countdown and then it will re-boot to install the latest goodies.
> I often left videos rendering overnight .... imagine my anger when that
> nice Mr. Gates had made my machine re-boot without my intervention!!!
> He wasted hours of my computer time!!!

Hmmm, I've not had that myself, on XP it would pop up with the annoying 
message asking to reboot every 15 minutes or so but on Vista and Windows 
7 you get the option to postpone the reboot and make the message go away 
for a few hours.  If you don't click on anything it just sits there.

On the other hand, at work we use XP and install stuff using SMS and 
some things are configured to reboot automatically 5 minutes after 

> I don't have anything against Windows, but I really find Ubuntu slicker
> and easier in so many ways ....  even for a non-geek.

I agree, I much prefer Ubuntu now.  10.10 looks lovely, and now I'm 
finally getting used to the window controls moving (so much in fact it 
seems like they're in the wrong place on Windows now!).

Oh and Ubuntu has earnt some more brownie points this evening.  It turns 
out my server (P4 3Ghz with 2 x IDE and 2 x SATA hard drives in it) 
died.  Not sure whats wrong with it, possibly duff PSU.  I needed to get 
it up and running quickly so I dropped the hard drives in an Athlon X2 
PC booted them up and after a long drawn out fsck (due to fsck not being 
run for ages) the server came up fine.

I've not had it that easy with Windows.


More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list