I’z finally done did it — set up a Linux machine

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Hi everyone. So in the past, my relationship with Linux consisted mostly of running distros in virtual machines or dual-booting. But I finally decided to get a little more serious — I purchased a refurbished Dell OptiPlex and put Ubuntu on it, so it’s a dedicated machine.

The Dell came with a Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB traditional (platter) hard drive. I put an additional 4 GB of RAM in it and also installed a dedicated (but entry-level) graphics card.

I’ve got to say, setting up was very easy and Ubuntu has been running well. The only criticism is it would be faster with an SSD, obviously, but I had to stop somewhere. Doing basic gaming on it is a piece of cake (I even have Steam installed).

I’m pleased with how popular apps are becoming more available. Spotify, for instance. And I can access other things via the web, like my OneNote notes.

So what’s the point of all this? Tech curiosity, mainly, and to be able to say I’m familiar with more platforms than just Windows. Linux’s UNIX underpinnings are quite fascinating the more I study it.

I’ve even started porting some of the games I’ve written to Linux. So this is the farthest I’ve ever gone with it. How about you guys — are you curious about Linux, or do you use it yourself in your own life? How about those of you that prefer it and use it at home, and just Microsoft stuff at work? Any, heh, “switchers?”

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