Everyday Ubuntu: Linux in the home, day two
Okay, so there were a couple tasks on hand for tonight to play around in the Ubuntu environment – and apparently we're not the only ones giving this a shot – Nothing too strenuous, but here's how they went:
First up is a little updating of the Excel spreadsheet where I track “Collect All 21!” orders and shipping, so I pop in the CD where I backed up all the documents from the Windows machine. Drive spins up, and there's a familiar-looking box full of icons with all my little doodads (hey – there's my Imperial Guard rubber stamp!) – and tucked in there rather randomly – hey, at least it's all on a single CD labeled “Star Wars” – is my CA21 .xls file. Double-click on it and here comes OpenOffice, and it's all good.
This is, however, a read-only file, so I've got to save it in a new format on the computer in order to make changes. That's fine. I'll create a whole system later and just chuck it in my named folder for now. The “save as” option is a little daunting, since there are a ton of file formats I'm unfamiliar with. After brief consideration, I opt for the top one, since it's not the Microsoft option. My spreadsheet blinks, and it's all mine for the editing. Changes made, I wipe the grease off the wrench and close the hood, which, frankly, is more metaphor than this task actually needs.
Jenn's been home doing her usual computing: paying bills, checking email, visiting IcanHasCheezburger – you know, important stuff. The only minor problem she's had is the wireless network asking for a password. She was, in fact, inadvertently trying to use one of the neighbor's networks. I point her in the direction of our own, and she's off and running. Adjustment Schmadjustment: Jenn hearts Ubuntu.
I've also written this post in OpenOffice Writer, planning to cut and paste it into the Typepad text box. I haven't used Writer much, but I've been using one word processor or another since I was in middle school, so one's pretty much like the next, and this is as intuitive as anything.
So, that's Everyday Ubuntu day two – again, I realize I haven't really done anything challenging yet that's truly tested my reaction to a hang-up or a missing driver or a plug-in that won't behave, but over the next few days, I'm planning to test our music and photo management systems, set up Jenn's Rhapsody, and see if I can edit video from the Flip camera she got me for Christmas.
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