The new computer is a few weeks away but already I am wondering. Ubuntu or Mint? There are many other options of Linux to look at but those are the two I’ve tried so far.
Ubuntu looks the more powerful of the two in my limited (two days) experience and the new computer is powerful enough to let a Lex Luthor type take over half the galaxy.
On the other hand, Mint looks very similar to Windows XP which was where I stopped – apart from the Gateway laptop which has Vista. Having been Windows-run since the early 90s, the transition to Mint looks so easy, but will it waste the power of the new machine?
Ubuntu 14.04 looks rather like a cross between Windows and that Apple stuff. It has nothing to do with Apple, of course. If it did I wouldn’t have bought the book-plus-disk in Poundland. Apple once stated that their warranty was invalid for smokers in case a molecule of nicotine in the device wiped out their entire repair department. If there is one thing I can do with a grudge, it’s hold it. Really tight. Forever. I own nothng made by Apple and never will.
But Ubuntu feels like it can do so much more with a big machine than Mint.
I have Mint running delightfully on my Acer Aspire and that has only 8Gb of solid-state hard disk. Mint comes with the full office package, word processor, spreadsheet, PowerPoint lookalike (don’t need that so much now I’m not lecturing) and Firefox. It also has GIMP for photo editing and VLC media player that plays pretty much anything. I don’t see any immediate need to install anything else.
Ubuntu has all the Office stuff and Firefox but then the GIMP and VLC options are free downloads (I already have) so that’s not an issue.
This computer is at least ten years old. It has a 160 Gb hard disk. I have used 90 Gb. There are a hell of a lot of photos. Loads of text but that doesn’t take much space. A mass of music and video files. I nick old music videos and films from YouTube using RealPlayer because someone always pops up with some copyright issue and gets them removed. Are the Animusic ones back on there, I wonder? Anyway, VLC can run RealPlayer video files too.
You can get a Terabyte external hard disk now that is even within a part time janitor’s salary range. I just don’t know that much stuff! I still recall hard drives of one or two megabytes that were unaffordable to a research scientist. That was in the 1990s, hardly the middle ages. Times are changing, fast.
There is another decision to make. In the upcoming Scottish Independence vote I can have a vote if I want to use it. Having no known Scottish heritage means I could just be an independent observer.
I was determined to vote ‘No’ because Oily Al and his Spiteful Nannying Puritans hate me. But by supporting No, I would be on the side of the Cleggeron Coagulation and the Ed Miller Band, and they hate me too. Both sides want me either controlled or dead and they don’t care which.
Why do they all hate me? Because I choose to live my life my way, not their way. It’s why they all hate you too.
Having read the comments here and Jerub-Baal’s return to Blogland I am havering. If ‘Yes’ wins there will be chaos. Not just in the UK but all over the EU as separatist movements get a surge of optimism. Not even Obama can bomb them all.
If ‘No’ wins then Osborne has a whole raft of Tory promises (otherwise known as lies) that are even more wildly uncosted than Oily Al’s idiot plan to run the country on hot air and costly bird-choppers.
It’s chaos either way. If the Coagulation get the ‘No’ vote then all those promises will be ‘in the future’ as in ‘in yer fekin dreams. pal’. The ‘No’ win would leave things just as they are but not quite. A ‘No’ will embolden Wastemonster to fuck up Scotland royally until the EU make it a region anyway.
A ‘Yes’ win (in Glasgow you tick the ‘Aye right pal’ box) would finish Cameron, smack Eddie Moribund down hard and Clegg… well who cares? Oily Al would ooze smugness right up to the point where he gets voted out forever because he is, basically, a git.
So now I am forced to decide between chaos and utter chaos. Between Ubuntu and Mint.
Two major decisions, in one month?
Men are not equipped for this.