Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I hadn’t really given Ubuntu a fair shake the last time I looked at it. I decided to go another round with Ubuntu to see what it was all about. Ubuntu, as you may know, is a flavor of Linux, a free operating system with lots of open source applications. I specifically wanted to compare Ubuntu to SUSE Linux.
The initial act of downloading Ubuntu is easier than SUSE. You simply download a single CD image and burn that, whereas with SUSE you’ll download 5 or 6 disc images or a single, large DVD image. Instead of putting all the application packages on discs, Ubuntu offers you a menu from which you can download from.
One of the downsides of the Ubuntu installer became apparent with my desktop. . It installed fine with my laptop, but it didn’t like my ATI video card in my desktop and switched to 640x480 resolution. This would be fine, except it wouldn’t allow any change of resolution. It was resolute in its resolution. I tried booting up and using safe video settings, which prompted the X Server to crap out and dump me into a text-based mode.
I had run through the installer once on my laptop, so I knew which prompts to hit.