Nothing like the smell of a freshly-installed system, right?
Well, yeah. Sometimes. Because I’ll be sending my laptop away for repairs at the end of the week, I went ahead and tried to get Ubuntu onto a USB drive, so I could work from there. It worked more or less, but apparently it doesn’t persist any changes I make, and I haven’t found a quick and easy way to change that yet. Still, the short experience I had with it was rather comfortable!
It only required one driver to be manually enabled (not even searched for, I could just change a radio button selection) before everything worked just fine. I felt right at home in Ubuntu’s Unix environment, and getting basic tooling set up was a snap.
But then I tried making an account for myself on my mother’s laptop. Yes, a Macbook. A world of difference. I spent ten minutes in the system settings to get the system to be somewhat comfortably usable, and even then a lot of stuff was lacking. All that time doesn’t even include setting up some basic requirements yet.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever move away from OS X, but I do know this: doing a clean install is going to be a pain in the ass.