Ubuntu is my fast operating system. When I don’t have time to wait for Microsoft Windows to load itself up and decide whether it is going to respond, I dual boot into Ubuntu. I reloaded Ubuntu 11.10 recently and was fooling around with its configurations. The latest version uses a new interface – Unity – that I am finally comfortable with, although it eliminates much of the customization that you can normally do on an Ubuntu system.
I was glad to find that someone had instructions on how to get the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak installed on Ocelot. The new version has a streamlined interface but is just as easy to use. I don’t tweak very much but I like making minor window changes.
After downloading Google Chrome, I couldn’t get it to install. The Ubuntu Software Centre intercepts any attempts to open a .deb file and it wouldn’t finish the process. Fortunately, I could still get to the command line and run the dpkg -i command to install.
Firefox is the default browser so it took me a bit of hunting around to discover the System Info application that controls the default applications on the PC. I was able to change it so that Web content will default to Chrome.
The Banshee music player works great in my environment and I use Gwibber for Twitter, although I prefer the Web site or using Hootsuite. It’s great to have an operating systems that is fast and easy to use. Relying more and more heavily on browser-based technology means that switching back and forth between operating systems requires little effort.