I’ve been tinkering with my laptop for the last week or so, and finally I was able to dual boot with Linux Ubuntu (Gutsy Gibbon v. 7.10) and Windows XP Service Pack 2. The result of which, as I was trying to show in my last post, is an OS X desktop look:
I’ve searched the web for any help on how to do it, and so far the tutorial by Shailen Sobhee offered the greatest help, especially with the ability to choose at which operating you want to boot upon start up. I just wished though that from the start (not just in the comments section), he should have offered the procedures on how to partition (using the Paragon Partition Manager) the original Windows installation, that way I could have avoided losing my original installation (you see, I’m running a packaged Windows XP software into my machine with a systems recovery partition). Anyway, if you follow his tutorial, I suggest that you read through including the comments to know better. Nevertheless, it was a good and informative tutorial.
Using the Avant Window Navigator, I was able to mimic the Mac OS X Leopard (as can be seen in the screenshot) with the window dock. And with Compiz and its 3D effects, the results can be even better than the Mac interface.
With the upcoming release of the next version of Ubuntu (v. 8.04 – Hardy Heron, 4 days to go as of this writing), ti’s getting more exciting. I’m just wondering what’s in store for the new version.
Why Dual Boot?
The Windows XP is heavily bloated (although I prefer it over Windows Vista, the latter is simply crap!). It’s just too hard to explain how miserable working with Windows all the time. I believe, this site can even explain it better. After all it’s an act of standing for a free society, right?!
Why dual boot, why not simply switch platform altogether? That was actually the hardest part. I need iTunes, I need Photoshop, to name a few. These programs are not offered in Linux. I know there are alternatives that work with Linux, but I just simply need them. Anyhow, anytime, I might just need a Windows PC to do a task.
Yet, it’s interesting to note the The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives.
The Ubuntu experience has been fascinating. It’s good to know that almost all hardwares are supported in Linux. Drivers for external hardwares are available in their repositories. Just like my Canon Selphy CP510 printer, I thought I couldn’t use it while I’m at Ubuntu, but they just do have drivers for that old printer — amazing!
Working with Ubuntu has been a learning experience for me. I was thinking, if ever I could have my own business in the future, I would gladly utilize the open source Linux and free distros like Ubuntu in our everyday computing. That way, I can spare myself from paying huge amounts for operating systems and another for office applications for each terminal.