Yesterday, for no good reason, I decided it was time for a distro change. This aught to give anyone an idea as to what kind of a guy I am. The system was in perfect working order, chugging along as it had the past year plus, but I couldn't leave well enough alone. I decided it was time to do something new and do it for real. You can try anything out in a VM and get an idea as to what you think of it (which I love), but you'll never be able to develop an idea of the full picture without trying it on your day-to-day work machine.
What I Like:
The control you get in Gentoo is terrific, but it comes at a price. It is really nice to be able to get the computer up and running in an hour instead of a week. Despite the fact that Ubuntu recognized my wireless card (vanilla, Dell Latitude D505 laptop), I still had to spend some time twiddling with ndiswrapper to get it working correctly.
What I don't:
Ubuntu's slogan is "Linux for human beings". They do a wonderful job trying to make Linux all warm and fuzzy for the masses, but they seem to have overlooked one thing: that the overwhelming majority of the people using it will still be, initially, geeks and programmers.
By default, neither bash nor vim come with coloring turned on. With Vim, the easiest way is to turn it on globally (which is what I want anyway): simply uncomment the line "syntax on" in the file /etc/vim/vimrc.
The fact that it IS so easy to turn these things on by default begs the question as to why the are NOT on by default. It isn't like the devs have to go through a massive amount of effort to get this to work and it is a plus for many a geeky user
All in all though, it's just another distro. It is Debian as Debian should have been: relatively easy to get installed and relatively up to date. One of the major points for me in giving Ubuntu a spin was to see what all of the fuss was over. Well, I see it and I don't. It's still Debian with a shiny face, but I guess that shiny face to Linux is what a lot of people have been waiting for.