Goodbye Gentoo, Hello Ubuntu
I think I’m officially switching from Gentoo Linux to Ubuntu Linux. Despite having what can only be described as one of the dumbest names imaginable, Ubuntu (that’s oo-BOON-too) seems to have largely achieved the holy grail of Linux computing: it just works.
I downloaded its single-CD installation file, booted a system with it, and within an hour had a completely up-to-date Linux desktop. Checking the "sync with time servers" box on the Date/Time dialog actually works, with no need to manually install/configure any NTP nonsense. It comes with Firefox, Gaim, and OpenOffice right out of the box, and you can install new packages from the GUI with automatic dependency resolution. It even auto-updates just like Windows and OS X.
I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this, but for now I’m in shock and had to put something up quick. It’s just so exciting to see a Linux distro that is both simple to install and simple to maintain.