In light of my chronic Mac problems, I decided that I would take a shot at Ubuntu running on a Thinkpad X300.
I'm a power business user who has enough technical background to use the command line and utilities, so Ubuntu didn't scare me. However, there were a few quirks that I ran into. For example I had to reinstall Pidgin three times, and it seems to get corrupted on a whim. I also had a day where Firefox would crash every few minutes. These are not things the average user can deal with gracefully.
The positive side of those experiences was the Synaptic package manager worked flawlessly to reinstall the applications that were acting weird. I also was able to get Adobe AIR and Twhirl running with no problems.
I was able to run Microsoft Office with no problem via CrossOver, and it loads faster than on Windows or the Mac by a shocking margin.
I did however run into one major application issue. No Photoshop. Admittedly, I don't use Photoshop all the time, but I needed to yesterday and the Gimp just wasn't happening for me. If one more person tries to tell me that Gimp is just as good as Photoshop, I will physically attack them.
Note: Kevin, my intrepid IT guy wrote most of this up for me. If it says "I" it probably actually means "we" or "us" or probably just Kevin himself while I sat around eating bonbons. Also, we reconstructed the shell commands as best we could remember. Apologies if we got it wrong and you end in some kind of wormhole. There were also a number of other Ubuntu sites that we pulled information from. The Ubuntu community is utterly amazing at pulling together information and helping users solve problems. … Read more