I loaded the latest Live CD earlier so have a poke around, and tried to play some music. mp3 music. The media manager said No, and the Rhythmbox said No. Is Linux a music free zone ? Why supply two programs that cannot even play an mp3 ? Is mp3 a dirty word ? Oh well, no doubt someone will tell me.
Remind me … apart from avoiding the evilness of the Redmond Gang, why exactly am I contemplating the move to linux ? Feel free to assist my thinking here …
Anyway, here’s the plan:
Get Orinoco card from Skippy.
Plug it in.
Fire up the (already burned) Ubuntu Live CD
Try to get online
If not successful, return to XP
If successful, remove Live CD, insert the (already burned) Install CD and bring the whole thing in. No dual boot, a full install.
Once that’s done, head into #wordpress and bug people to help me find and install the programs I need. I’ve started a small list of immediate essentials below.
I’ll give this unbuntu thing a fair crack – promise – though you may have to put up with some rants here when things don’t work. Is Linux intuitive for a Windows convert ? I shall let you know… although The Gimp …… do I have to ? Is it better on it’s native platform ?
Aside from a browser and email (and xchat which I assume comes with Ubuntu), programs needed are:
- RSS reader
- Password Manager
- IM (Gaim ?)
- Search program that will search for text inside files
- Editor for changing files directly on a server
- CD Burner
- GBA emulator
- Binary File grabber
- Shell program (like putty)(but nicer)
- Shell and not shell programs to backup incrementally from server to machine
- LAMP setup (is this included ?)
- Do I need AV / spyware stuff ? at all ?
- Anything cool I should get ?
And if all these have nice gui’s that would be really cool. I’ll go hunting around then ……. …. hint hint