Why I love the internet (and Ubuntu)

by Peter Rojas

Ubuntu stickerThis is why I love the internet: lately I've been geeking out with Ubuntu, which I have installed on my Sony Vaio FS, only to discover that there's an entire blog dedicated to Ubuntu on the Vaio FS. I'm not sure I'm quite ready to be like the cool kids and make Ubuntu my primary OS -- I still have to worry about stuff like synching my Treo, something I haven't quite gotten to work yet -- but otherwise it offers about 90-95% of what I need out of a PC.

But most importantly, my new Ubuntu PC runs Firefox like a charm. Now that I've migrated my email to Gmail, my calendar to Google Calendar, and my to-do list to Backpack, all I really care about on a device is how good its browser is. That's one reason why for my latest trip to Europe I decided to force myself to go laptop-less, and instead carry around a Nokia 770 internet tablet. I'm not going to pretend that I was able to get a ton of work done -- the pen-based interface did me in (and besides, I was supposed to be on vacation) -- but the browser on the 770 is excellent and I was able to do a fairly good job of staying on top of my email and newsfeeds. What Nokia needs to do is bite the OQO Model O1's style and come out with a version of the 770 with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, it'd make it a lot easier to ditch my laptop. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard is the main reason I'll be checking out Sony's new mylo device as soon as it debuts, though I suspect that its screen will be too small and too low-res to be of much use to me.