Saturday, October 20, 2007, 07:23 PM - LifeFor a hard drive crash!
Playing some TF2, looking forward to a little Machinima Talk, and wham-o a nasty little BSoD came and wouldn't let up. So I said to windows, "Well, I've got a little ubuntu for your ass!" Everything was going fine until I went to partition my disk for the Linux install when it was interrupted, trashing my drive. So I farted around in Linux for a while, after a low-level format, when I realized that I couldn't see my raid0 array. Sonofa... wouldn't you know that of all the software/bios raid sets in the world mine (ULi) is one of the few not supported without hacking skills well beyond my level. So here I am in windows x64 again after a brief but awesome trip to ubuntu, which I found to be simply incredible.
When I eventually upgrade my machine for the office, I'm re-building my current rig with ubuntu and keeping it up as a media server/web browser while my workstation does its rendering/compiling/100% usage type stuff. I was very impressed with how it was put together and so user friendly, and I've only *looked* at a few other linux clients. Aside from the nifty bouncy window moves and double desktops, I'd say my favorite feature was the apt-get GUI. Scroll through a big list of free software, find something that looks great and it loads it all up automagically no sweat. I also got in a few rounds of TF2 under WINE and although it was clearly not 100%, that it worked at all impresses me to no end. Seems to me a few more years of die hard WINE dev and nobody will need windows anymore... Also, the ubuntu install disk doubles as what they call a live cd, meaning the install disk loads into the OS without installing files to your HDD, so you can do a little test drive before you take the plunge. It's also handy for pushing files around if your windows install goes all blue...
List of the lost is limited this time, all my important files are backed up to my raid or laptop. Woot!
For now I'm sticking with the windows, too many vender's have me cornered with years of experience using their windows only programs (Adobe and Autodesk are the big guns, but the lack of games isn't helping), and I must not tempt fate with my raid before I can safely displace all the data elsewhere.