Well, that didn’t take long. Within 24 hours of installing Ubuntu (see previous post) onto my laptop, I found myself reaching for my Windows 7 restore discs. While wasn’t bad, it possessed one major flaw that kept it from staying on my laptop: it was horribly inefficient and significantly cut down its battery life.
I found that to be odd because one of the things I distinctly remembered about Linux was that it was efficient, but the fan on my laptop just wouldn’t stop spinning as I installed programs on it and got re-accustomed to the Ubuntu UI. While doing so, I had forgotten how convenient it was to have multiple desktops.
Getting back to my main point, running Ubuntu reduced the laptop’s battery life from 4-5 hours on Windows to under 3…and that was with Wi-Fi turned off. While I was processing that unfortunate turn of events, my screen started to glitch. This was a fresh install with all updates installed and barely any additional software on it. As awful as Windows supposedly is, I’ve NEVER had something like that happen so quickly. I have to say, I was very disappointed with the experience.
Already annoyed with the battery performance, I (metaphorically) flipped the table, opened the laptop’s DVD drive and inserted the first restore disc.
Ahh. That new Windows smell!
After spending way too much time arguing with Windows 8 and kludgey USB microphone drivers last week, I finally got tired of arguing with it and decided to banish it from my laptop…again. As I mentioned in my write-up, I like the idea of Windows 8, but the fact that I can’t do everything with a snazzy full-screen app and continually have keep going back to the desktop and browser (to say nothing of all the old Windows stuff I still use) made it fairly pointless. Thus, I dug out my restore discs and prepared to breath that fresh new Windows smell on my computer again. You know, the way a new computer runs all fast and stuff until you bog it down with all the security drek that is a fact of life on Windows.
I popped in the first of four DVD-ROMs and got to thinking…maybe, just maybe, I should give Linux another try. I was originally exposed to it in college and never really used it much until Ubuntu came along. I would poke at Ubuntu every so often out of curiosity, but I never thought about running it as my main operating system, not even on my laptop. I was too wedded to Windows-based programs and the alternatives just weren’t very good at the time. In particular, it was a long time before good alternatives to Microsoft Word came around, in my opinion. Gaming on Linux also wasn’t much to brag about in those days, either.
Times have changed since then: I find myself using more and more open-source software and less Windows-exclusive stuff, viable Microsoft Word alternatives now exist and I don’t play games on my PC much any more. I also use a cloud-based service to store most of the files I work with on a daily basis, so it is easier for me to (figuratively) trash my laptop on a whim and start all over again with a new system.
I ejected that recovery disk, set up a flash drive and prepared to install Ubuntu on my laptop. What the hey, I can always go back to 7, right?