Desktop Linux For The Windows Power User

Well, it’s that time of year again, when the latest version of Ubuntu is released. Version 9.04 of arguably the world’s most popular Linux distribution is now available for free download. I’ve had more than a week to check it out and am thoroughly impressed. Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, is a solid release and well worth the bandwidth. I stuck with 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron) when the sub-par 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) came out last October, but I will definitely upgrade all my machines to Jaunty in the coming weeks.

Before rolling your eyes at yet another perceived Linux fanboy, let me start by saying that I love Windows. I’ve been a Windows user since 1995, and before that, I used MS-DOS. I had Windows 98 and Windows 98 SE. I even went out and bought a copy of Millennium Edition (Ed.: we’re sorry, Adam). I was a beta tester and early adopter of Windows XP. I made sure to get my hands on the beta of Windows 7 and I’ve never even considered switching to a Mac.

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