"Almost two years ago, I reviewed Ubuntu, the
user-friendly version of the free Linux operating system. I wasn't
impressed. I found the software a pain to install, a pain to work
with, and—even if it cost me nothing—far less worthy of
my time than other major OSes. "Nothing about Ubuntu is an
advantage over anything in either Mac or Windows—it has no
more features, no better stability, no greater speed," I wrote.
"Still, I thought that Mark Shuttleworth, the software
entrepreneur who founded the Ubuntu project, was onto a good thing.
In a world of cloud-based apps, there are fewer and fewer
substantive differences between Windows and the Mac OS—since
I can easily shuttle my data and programs between different
computers, I rarely find myself wishing for one OS when I'm on
another. If Ubuntu's designers could iron out some of its kinks, I
thought, a free operating system could fit perfectly in this new,