Well yet again I screw my windows installation up and I find myself running back to Ubuntu.
Last time I left Ubuntu because of the crappy applications that Linux has for managing and iPod. I tried all the applications, from amarok to banshee; nothing was satisfying. Songbird was the all time favorite, but due to it's divine developing stages, the program was unstable and not usable.
The other day I downloaded the installation disk for Ubuntu 8.04, and let me just say congrats to the developers of Ubuntu. Every time the install gets easier, and a lot of things work out of the box. For the first time, my Sound card was recognized and properly configured. Wireless internet went off without a hitch.
There were a couple of hard points, just like using Linux in general. The iPod for some reason wasn't being detected by Amarok, don't know if that's because I installed Ubuntu which leans heavily on GNOME. I installed Amarok, but given that it's a KDE app, not sure if it installed properly on my GNOME dominant computer.
Once again I was dazzled by the many things you can do to "tweak" ubuntu, but at the end of the day I was still worried if I was ready for a full use of Ubuntu, and my need of Windows just because of iTunes ( not that I used it, but MediaMonkey is not available for Linux. ) I remembered writing a tutorial about song bird. Talking about the potential that it had, and this was back when it was still at the .3 version.
Now today I downloaded the .6 version, and let me tell you that it has gone drastic changes. To me so far there are a bit of little bugs here and there, but as far as a standalone application, I think it's getting closer to it's final release. I have yet to connect my iPod and try to sync it and manage it, so I don't want to count my chickens to early.
In conclusion, I think this time I might be moving to Ubuntu for a permanent time. I think by sticking with Songbird I have completely erased all options for going back to Windows. Gaming is not as big for me anymore, most of my gaming has to be done through the PS3. With work and pre-deployment training it's hard to get time to sit down and enjoy a video game. However I hope that when we are in Iraq ( in country ) I will be able to relax.