I have tried a lot of operating systems in the past few years. I used to run only Fedora for quit some time. Windows XP for some 2 years, dual booting with Ubuntu, and recently only windows XP.
I installed Windows7beta on my comp, 64 bit edition that too, only to find I don’t have drivers for network adapter or sound card.
I have a Nvidia Ethernet Controller and a Yamaha powered sound card.
Today, I wanted a fresh install of Windows XP because my previous version of Windows was taking too much space on my hard disk. I installed a fresh copy of Windows XP, only to find that I need drivers for my ethernet card again!! Damn..I searched for my motherboard CD in a very bad shape. No wonder, I was unable to install drivers from it.
And yeah, don’t ever install XP over Win7, always do it the other way round. I am not able to find my boot manager after I installed XP!
I went to a cybercafe to download drivers. 120 MB!, and I got horrible speeds in the cuber cafe 8KBps!! Got really irritated.
Somehow it flashed to my mind that I had downloaded Ubuntu 8.04 sometime back and had burned it onto a CD! Voila, I booted through the Live CD, and watta surprise my internet connection on Linux works without any additional driver! Never had I dreamt that a day would come where I had to boot into Linux to download drivers for XP!! Good job there folks.
I am writing this blog booting from the Live CD. I must admit, the experience on the Live CD is mind boggling. Not for a moment did I feel it is a ‘Live’ OS. Very quick respone, every application works fine.No lags whatsoever. I am surprised!! The last time I used Live CD, my experience was not quite so pleasant. Some issue with my DVD drive and it would take forever to load, I guess it is fixed in the later versions of Ubuntu.
Now, I have fallen in love with Ubuntu again, planning to triple boot WinXP, Win7beta and Ubuntu.
Waiting for clock to tick 2, so that I can download my drivers.. Yawn Yawn..