But Ubuntu 10.04 sure as hell is! Just got a new laptop in today from Newegg and decided to make a solid attempt at getting Linux to work on it to a level that would let me not rely on Windows anymore. First off the bat was getting a browser that doesn’t suck (aka Chromium) installed, naturally with its popularity there were awesome guides on getting it installed at least half a dozen ways. After that it was on to getting MP3 support as well as all the other deliciously varied video formats like Matroska Video and such, this time instead of having to do a bunch of hand work in a terminal there was a single link on the ubuntu support area that actually installs all the needed codecs and files without so much as a single bash command! After that I made an attempt to get Flash working and hit the only brick wall so far; the office network at work doesn’t always play nice and refused to let me download the files I needed in order to get flash working, but I know what needs to be done and once home it won’t be a challenge in the least. With all the audio sorted out I copied over my World of Warcraft install directory that I keep on a USB HD while installing Wine; yet again a victory ensued when the game ran decently (19 fps) with virtually no config tweaking what so ever. As a final test I looked into support for my iPod touch and was blown away by the fact that support for it is now rolled into the 10.04 LTS flavor of Ubuntu, a year ago this would have been pretty much impossible without at least jailbreaking the device, now its just there without me even having to do anything beyond plugging it in.
Aside from a few fringe programs like Photoshop CS5 I don’t think I’m going back to the land of Microsoft if I can avoid it; Linux finally supports all the things I want to do on my computer.