At the beginning of the summer, I formatted my office PC and told WIU computer geeks they could use it for someone else. When I returned to campus in August, it was still in my office. So I decided to give Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx, a try. I had been running a previous version of Ubuntu for a year or so, and it would have been time to upgrade anyway. The default installer asked if I wanted to encrypt my home directory. Why yes, I do!
Installation hung up at the end. That worried me a bit. But after a hard reboot, things worked great. I can’t believe how fast it is. Startup takes less than 30 seconds. Restarts are even faster. Firefox loads nearly instantly and runs great. (Part of that is my decision to go without Flash, at least for now.) Same for OpenOffice, emacs, and Thunderbird.
Fonts still suck, as they always have. Other than that, Ubuntu impresses me again.