So, Canonical's latest OS, 12.04 LTS, is now out for public consumption, and I've been fiddling with it in a virtual machine. I'm not quite sure what to make of it yet, mostly because I dabbled in Linux as a hobby, rather than an exercise to actually learn it and use it like it was meant to be. I've been thinking about how I could actually give this a real test, considering most of my work is done from within Windows and I have a large collection of Windows-based games. I certainly can't do that on my work computer ; dual-booting was out of the question as I'm not one to take chances with stuffing up my original install. I've already mentioned that I'm a lazy guy and I don't want to have to fix GRUB, or LILO or any of the other boot loaders my machine has had installed on it in the past.
So I'm using an old laptop for my long-term review. I'll have to hook it up to my keyboard and mouse because there's no way in hell I'm moving back to a trackpad for work, but its going to take place of my desktop for now. I'll be exploiting the OS as much as I can and learning more in-depth about it at the same time. Its not enough that I just use it for writing and editing photos (that much is easy enough to do on any platform) but I'm going to start learning how to administer it, how the new Universal Search bar takes over everything you do in a menu and how extras like Ubuntu
's Cloud and third-party music and movie services work for the average Joe.