A Newbie’s Reports on Ubuntu Show How Far It Has Come

Whether you’re new to Linux or an old salt, it’s worth following Tony Bradley’s series of columns, currently being posted on PC World’s site, where he describes his effort as a Windows user to go through a self-imposed 30 days of immersion in Ubuntu. You can find Part 1 of his series here, and Part 2 is here. Bradley’s reports on installing and learning to live with Ubuntu shed much light on how users familiar with Windows and other proprietary operating systems approach Linux. The reports are also good fodder for discussions on Ubuntu’s usability, or lack thereof.

Bradley makes reference to Ubuntu’s “scorched Earth, leave no prisoners” installation process, which jettisons Windows from the hard disk and dedicates the whole thing to Ubuntu. However, he quickly revises that assessment and moves on to discussing Wubi and tools that allow users to have Ubuntu and Windows together on one system.

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