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I've done lots of bits and bobs over the years, and right now I'm mostly working on this.

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this shit just happened one time too many

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Complete screen freeze, the entire system just ground to a halt, it happens fairly regularly. Im going to check that my broadband box is supported on ubuntu first, and as long as it is will be moving over to it over the next week. The main reason ive not switched before now is that ive always felt that i would not be able to use those programs that are quite important to me; things like photoshop, dreamweaver, dvd rippers, word and excel, messenger clients etc. Of course all of these have analogues in ubuntu, and system performance i believe is much more efficient too. I really am sick and tired of my computer thinking it knows better than me what it should be doing at any one time, and then crashing because its a bloody idiot. Gah, rant over, but now i find myself quite looking forward to the switch.

mat says:

ha! another convert on it's way... :)

don't forget you can just boot off the ubuntu cd to check if your stuff works out of the box. if it's all OK, just hit the install button on the desktop and that's it - job done. ubuntuforums.org is a very good source of both n00b and 1337 advice, so check there before going offline.

drop me a line if you want advice on anything.

13th May 2007, 22:35

Alfie says:

Thanks man. Ill do the boot from CD first, good to know that. I just can't believe how shitty my experience has become, and after thinking about it properly I realise that even if I can't use certain apps, it's not going to kill me, and having a stable system would just be so great.

13th May 2007, 22:48

mat says:

the only thing I've needed Windows for in the last two years is iTunes, to restore a bricked ipod. I could always run windows in a window (using vmware) if I really wanted to (it's not hard, I'm just lazy), then it can crash all it likes, it can just be reloaded without anything else being affected.

13th May 2007, 22:53

Alfie says:

The one thing I'm a bit worried about is creating a readable backup image of my thunderbird installation; emails go back to 2004 and need to be retained, do you know if this might be supported?

13th May 2007, 23:35

mat says:

no idea I'm afraid. I store my mail online. I'm sure you can import/export a thunderbird mailbox somehow - check the docs..

the new ubuntu installer apparently imports you windows bookmarks and addressbooks and so on, although I've never used it.

14th May 2007, 00:06

Alfie says:

actually thinking about it, it's really just my folder system that I'd really need - like you said I can just grab all my mail from my gmail - but whoah, that's going to be one heckuva manual process. Cheers.

14th May 2007, 00:12