After experimenting with a dual-boot config last year, I revisited this yesterday, this time letting the Ubuntu install wipe out my existing XP partition. 9.0.4 desktop on my IBM Thinkpad T43p. Installation was straightforward and a piece of cake.
Things that make me happy so far:
- installation was painless
- wireless adapter a snap to configure
- broadband adapter a snap to configure with my AT&T card
- able to download photos from my Nikon digital camera out of box with F-Spot Photo Manager
- snap to install packages like GVim and g++, that aren't installed out of the box
- OpenOffice works with all of my spreadsheets and word docs
The only snafu so far is that some of the screen savers completely lock the system up. Manual reset is the only recourse. I had to rename the screensaver executables that were failing so I don't accidentally lock up again when attempting to change it.
Anyway, very happy so far. Last time I installed Linux was the late 90s with Red Hat. This was an order of magnitude easier.