FYI, Before you start reading, below is a nerd article… I warned ya.

I recently installed parallels 7 on my iMac at home. I’ve had a sudden interest in parallels (a tool for virtual desktops) since installing it at work and using windows 7 for web development testing. I’ll be honest, it was nice to try something new out for a bit. After a short time, I was once again, sick of windows and pleased to be working full time on a Mac OSX Lion machine.

As many of you know I’m an Apple fanatic and I don’t stray far from my lion operating system but lately I have been reading quite a bit of buzz about Ubuntu and I wanted to test it out. For those of you that don’t know much about Ubuntu you can check it out here.

Basically, Ubuntu is a free Linux Operating System much like, but far from Mac OSX and Windows 7. Unlike Google’s Chrome OS, Ubuntu isn’t ad based, it is completely free and open software. No ad’s, nothing.

The initial install of Ubuntu was extremely simple and quick. At first, I was impressed with how quick and snappy the OS felt. It loaded programs fast and was straight forward. I did run into a few bumps in the OS. The Ubuntu App Store has a decent selection of apps to choose from. Though I quickly found that most of the apps are “unpolished”.

In Apple’s OS, Lion, most apps are pretty, fun to use, and simple. Ubuntu was quite the opposite for me. The app’s in the Ubuntu store were mostly ugly, to be blunt. They weren’t simple use in most cases either.

For being free, Ubuntu is flexible and I give it a thumbs up for that. The price is right. The OS will only get better with time. For me, an Apple computer is worth the money for a far better user experience.


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