Why I’m looking forward to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Ausnahmsweise mal ein englischsprachiger Eintrag
It’s about four years now that I use Ubuntu Linux. I’ve heard about the user-friendly operating system in the computer magazin of the Deutschlandfunk, one of the German national radio broadcasting companies. Until last August, I had a dual boot with Windows XP but on my new laptop I uninstalled Windows 7 completely. I also do my work exclusively with Ubuntu (handling CMYK graphics still is a problem, however).
The main reason for testing Ubuntu was Fontforge, an open source font editor. I sometimes design fonts and was not satisfied with my previous editor. Of course, Fontforge could also be installed on Windows, but I’ve heard it would be much easier to do it on Linux. And so I did that.
I appreciate the small details which make Ubuntu so nice: For example that the file extension is visible but isn’t automatically selected if you rename the file; the handy package management system which keeps all my software up-to-date; the friendly community and developers who do listen. I also like the challenge to try something new (e. g. Unity, Ubuntu’s different user interface since October 2011). Needless to say: Not everything is perfect—but it stays interesting.
So I’m looking forward to Precise Pangolin, the Ubuntu version 12.04 with long term support. There will be HUD (the Head-up-Display for typing menu items), new Lenses for finding more content via the Dash, better context menues for the software launchers and surely many small fixes which make Ubuntu even more useable.
Normally I write in German, so the rest of my blog won’t be easy to read for English-speaking visitors. If you are curious, maybe a translation by Google could help.