Originally Posted by BannedNinja
Well I'm looking for as much stability as I can have, so if you say that there are some bad drivers and random prog crashes... I'll stick with XP and wait out for X64. I found some BASIC editors... but you know I might go Linux simply for the C++ editor. How does dual book work? Does it ask what you want to do on startup or does it go for one and you have to manually change to the other? How does Linux do RAM-wise?
Whoa! There aren't very many random program crashes, and NONE have actually affected the OS (the reason that I shut down the computer each time was because I didn't know about force quitting at that point.) It's not marred by stability issues.
The bad drivers ONLY affect speed, and not very much at that. I'm still pulling high frame rates in Unreal Tournament 2004, it's just that it feels a little slower.
For dual boot systems, you get a bootloader. Ubuntu came with one. It just gives you a few options for starting up your computer and auto-picks one after ten seconds (the Linux one, by default.)
RAM-wise? Currently using 250.9 MB of 885.4 MB of memory (I'm guessing that ~120 MB has been reserved for the kernel) and 0 MB swap with Firefox open. Approximately half of the RAM usage is from Firefox itself, while probably half of the remainder is from the Gnome GUI. While the memory usage may seem high when compared to Windows boxes, keep in mind that everything is currently inhabiting RAM on my system - there's no page file usage at all. This should actually help battery life, too, if I can find out how to control the HD spinning stuff. Note that it may have resolved itself, too, as my HD is no longer noticeably hot after extended usage.
As a quick nod, a Windows box beside me running XP and an installer, with an Explorer window open in the background is using 173 MB page and ~200 MB of memory.
Another thing to point out is how incredibly easy it is to get (some) new applications in Ubuntu. As an example, Azureus:
sudo apt-get install Azureus
Brief pause while it works, and bam! Installed. There are quite a few applications with apt-get packages, though installing is sometimes tricky when they don't have it. (Note: apt-get is actually a Debian feature, Debian being the core Ubuntu is based on. There are other distros with it.)
There are TONS of resources out there for Linux, as well, and most installers DO come with step-by-step instructions (if not, someone has almost certainly done exactly what you have before anyways.)
Ubuntu is working on improving laptop support for the new release, set for an October release date, by the way.