This weekend, the fam and I were doing some cleaning and I came across an old relic from a bygone era: my 2008 MacBook.
Remember when these came out? The aluminum frame was new and all the rage.
I loved this thing, and ya know what? I have to give Apple credit: despite being over 15 years old it's held up surprisingly well. My only complaint is that since the hardware is so old, Mac OS support ended for it. So what's a geek to do in this situation? Install Linux of course! :-)
Which leads me, to the point of this article: in researching various distributions I came across Ubuntu Budgie.
This. Is. My. Jam.
What I like:
- The design is clean and eloquent. I know that design is a subjective topic but my personal preference for a desktop is something with clean fonts, sharp lines, minimal UI. This seemed to fit the bill quite nicely.
- Out-of-the-box compatibility with Mac hardware. I really wasn't sure what to expect post-install. Would it even recognize the system? Would I need to manually install drivers? I was pleasantly surprised to find that it all worked. Right out of the box.
- It's part of the Ubuntu extended family. Again, this is another subjective topic but I've always liked Ubuntu. It's been largely stable and suitable for a variety of purposes. Yeah, I know this this isn't technically produced by Canonical but it's recognized as an official "flavour".
So there you have it. My current favorite Linux distribution. What's yours?