I have had my Toshiba lap top for four years and I have been thrilled with its performance. I have dragged it around the world with me, and I used it as a PC - far more hours than is recommended for a lap top. But over the last few months it has been driving me mad - it's been really slow and I had to keep re-booting every five minutes. So in view of the advice I received years ago that lap tops only last three years, I thought I was justified in buying a new one, which is what I did.
I have to confess that before I forked out $1000 for a new lap top, I had a chat with Wayne Mackintosh who is a strong advocate of open source and open access resources. Wayne suggested that I strip Windows off my lap top and install Ubuntu, which is an operating system the same as Windows, but it has been developed over the years by the open source movement. But I was too nervous to do that, so chose to buy a new lap top with Windows.
Instead of throwing out my old lap top, I thought I would have nothing to lose if I installed Ubuntu on it, just to see what it looks like and how it works. The first thing to say about Ubuntu is that it is free and was painless to install.
How I am getting on
I hate to admit it...especially to Wayne who will only say "I told you so"...my old lap top has a new lease of life. In fact, it is operating faster than my new lap top. I have to confess, I wish I hadn't wasted my money on a new lap top....but there you are...I'm living and learning :)
Introducing Open Office
The other advantage to installing Ubuntu is that Open Office was also installed. Open Office is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. In my next post I'll talk a little about why you should think about trying out Open Office, especially if you are a non-profit organisation or student, and in the position that you cannot afford to buy the latest version of Office.
Do you use Linux or Ubuntu? How do you get on with it?