Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and the Unity Desktop

Since 1995, with my first install of Debian from 14 (or 16, can’t remember) 1.4MB floppy disks, I have used many different Linux distributions.

Knoppix, PCLinuxOS, Dragon Linux where I first used KDE, Phat Linux (which doesn’t even have a Wikipedia reference any more), Red Hat, Damned Small, and I can’t remember what else. I even took a good look at Linux From Scratch before realizing that I didn’t really want to take the time away from my family to deal with that. But who knows what tomorrow brings?

Until now, I’ve not even tried to use Ubuntu, touted often as The Most Popular Linux Of All Time. It’s based upon Debian, a mix of packages from the various Debian builds, and after using Debian itself for nearly 16 years I didn’t see a need to “muck things up”.

Two things have come together to make me want to try it. First, VirtualBox, which allows me to try these things without having to dedicate an entire system to the effort.

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