November 11, 2004
I generally try to avoid FOSS projects that have long manifestos, but I must give up the propers to Ubuntu Linux. It took me like a week to get Debian running on my last laptop. This time, I threw in the CD-ROM and 15 minutes later — with almost no intervention from me — I have a fully functional Linux laptop with wireless and acpi. And this is a strange machine, a Thinkpad X31 which has no drive bays or Ethernet except on a docking station.
It makes me wonder whether there’s any point in suffering to learn about Linux any more. In my day, it was an ordeal to use Debian! It meant something! Now it just means you’re smart enough to choose Ubuntu. 😉