So I was having issues with Windows Vista on my T61 build and decided it was time for a change.
I thought I’d have a little fun and put Ubuntu on my laptop. I’ve never ran a Linux OS as my primary OS.
I also loaded VMware Workstation 7 and a Windows 7 virtual machine.
So far, Ubuntu has been really easy to use. I’ve had very few snags so far. I was even able to get Office 2007 installed natively using CrossOver.
I tried WINE but could not get Office to load with that one.
Overall, It’s been very easy to use Ubuntu as a primary OS. I use the Unity feature in VMware Workstation when I need to access any Windows related apps.
So far, that has not been very common. Mostly, I need to use windows for the SSL VPN connections that I have to make.
The only major snag for me so far is that running music from my Windows 7 VM is choppy. If I run it directly on Ubuntu, the sound is great.
I use iTunes so running music from the VM is necessary. I have heard of people getting iTunes to work using WINE but it did not work for me. I’d rather run iTunes from the VM. Hopefully, someone knows of a tweak to get the sound from the Windows VM to work properly and not be choppy.