Re-installing Linux

As I said in my last post, I have decided to re-install linux, and give it another chance. While I won’t be completely blowing away my Windows install, I will be switching full time to using the linux desktop for all of my normal activities.

I downloaded and attempted to run the eLive 1.0 Gem release, and it would not boot past the setup of the video card drivers. I’ve decided that I don’t want to spend all day dealing with a system that I’m unfamiliar with, just for the sake of having a pretty desktop.

So, I’m back to installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. Though this was the source of most of my headaches last time around, I’m willing to give it another try after living with the crap that is Windows.

That being said, I plan on updating packages across the board ONCE during installation, and then keeping things the same through the near future, as to not upset any balance that can be had from this new installation.

Also, I am installing the i386 version, rather than the x86_64, due to the lack of support from some of the proprietary systems out there. Not sure what this will mean in performance, but I don’t think it will make a whole world of difference to me in the long run.

If I can get around the issues that I’ve had such a problem with, keep things simple, and just freaking use it, I think things will go well. As for trying out new distros, I think that Ubuntu works for me, and it will be good enough at this point.

While I won’t be using the Enlightenment window manager, I think that Gnome will provide a nice enough interface for me. (with a theme from Gnome-Look, of course)

If anything new happens during this time, I’ll be sure to report my findings. After the partitioner finishes it’s extremely long formatting process, I should be able to get started with things.