I'm back :-) You all might be wondering what that picture is doing up there... well there is a bit of a story behind it. You see, I am a member of the ubuntulinux group on Google groups, and today I read one of the threads which is about a guy, Balakumar, who is giving away 2 Ubuntu t-shirts and cds (I think) for free! But there is a bit of a catch to it... prospective recipients are to explain why they love Ubuntu and provide a link to a screenshot of their desktop. So you see where I'm heading with this :-) .
So this here is a screenshot of my desktop. I am running Ubuntu Dapper Drake which is Ubuntu 6.06 in simpler terms. I've been an avid Linux user since July 2004, beginning with Mandrake, then Mandriva, but so far Ubuntu has definitely been the most complete desktop distribution I have encountered. Needless to say, I will never go back to Windows, ever. With a desktop that looks as pretty as mine up there, why would I? Pop-ups, viruses, security holes, crashes, blue screens, spyware, malware, you-name-it, are vague memories in the distant past.
If you havent tried Ubuntu, whether you are a Linux veteran or never seen anything close to it, you should definetely give it a shot. Now I dont want to give you great expectations. Most of the limitations of Ubuntu (and Linux in general) are due to proprietary hardware and software... and hence has nothing to do with Linux, but the companies unwilling join the Open Source wave. The transition may be difficult, frustrating or, if you're savvy, a breeze. But if you are like me, once you have passed through the fire you will be left wondering what you were thinking using Windows :-)
So now you want Ubuntu? Well, join Balakumar's competition, or you can go straight to the source and get them to send you some cds completely free!
OK. That's it for now... Hope I win this competition :-D.