Praise for Ubuntu

Yesterday, I downloaded the ISO for Ubuntu Studio from one of their mirrors onto my Windows XP Pro desktop at work. I’ve been an email discussion with a number of educators and one of the innovators in this discussion owns a Macintosh with Parallels and he has Feisty Fawn and Ubuntu Studio loaded in a couple of virtual machines. Thursday afternoon Rob (my co-worker) asked me if I had tried it out yet. I said, “no.” I asked him if he wanted me to “burn” the DVD from the ISO for him. He said yes and so for about twenty minutes I struggled with the Nero on my XP desktop to burn a DVD. Nero’s a great product, but lo and behold I couldn’t do it. I could burn CD ISOs but not a DVD ISO. Finally, I transferred the UbuntuStudio ISO from the XP machine to another machine in my office that is running Feisty Fawn and incidentally also has a DVD/RW drive. Voila!!! I burned several DVDs of Ubuntu Studio for my colleagues and I. Therein lies the power of not only Ubuntu but the whole of open source. It’s just way more powerful and you cannot beat the price. Thank you Linus Torvalds, Mark Shuttleworth et al.

2 Replies to “Praise for Ubuntu”

  1. Interesting situation, not too different from my own experience. The thing is, I wish someone–the developers, perhaps–would make it known that you can’t burn this in Windows! If it weren’t for my finding this post of yours, I wouldn’t have known where to turn for a clear answer. So I guess I’ll get this ISO onto another PC, one fitted with Linux, and go from there. Thanks for posting about this.

  2. Google it! That’s been my savior for at least six years. What did I do B.G. (before Google)? I had to go to the public library or sit in Barnes & Noble for long hours. Now, thank to Google, blogs and wikis information is much more accessible.

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