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Keith Tokash and Ubuntu

Jan 26, 2009, 14:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"At any rate, I've now been using Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" as my only work box for over six months, running it on a Compaq nx6325 laptop. I tried running Ubuntu at home as well, thus freeing myself from the annoyance of having to buy or steal most of the interesting pieces of software I like, but I pretty much just use that box for gaming so that wasn't worth it. It was still nice looking for the short time I used Ubuntu though - my brand new NVidia card powering my 30" LCD at some ungodly resolution, the same resolution Windows calls "native" for the monitor.

"On to the work box. I'm a network engineer, meaning I configure routers, switches, firewalls, and the occasional Unix/Linux box. I don't write code or script, though I have a little experience in both of those areas. This means that the tools I need to do my job can be considered "power tools", but there really aren't that many of them. In the methodical tradition of engineering, I'd like to evaluate Ubuntu's performance as a Windows substitute by examining how it functions for every "core" task, plus the auxiliary ones that, while not strictly necessary, are pretty common."

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