My short foray into Linux on the desktop

For the last few months, I’ve had this idea that I wanted to try a linux desktop machine as my main development computer for a while. With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 in April, I decided to put together a machine and give it a try. Unfortunately, I had to wait a while in order to get a large project completed so I’d have time to do the testing an building.

Finally, in July, the project was completed and I ordered a few hundred dollars worth of new gear to update a desktop machine that I had sitting idle and installed Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit. There are a lot of great things about Ubuntu linux and I was very impressed with the performance of the OS on a quad-core processor with a pile of RAM.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Mac. Let me explain what I mean by that.

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