photo credit: Aaron Bassett. Not MY desktop.
I hate Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04, so much so that I’m putting up with Vista. Recently, I got my hands on the 8.04.1 maintenance release ISO via the PC Quest subscription I won at Dynamix last year. Apparently, it’s supposed to have fixed a lot of bugs. I installed it, saw that none of the things I was pissed about were fixed, and promptly uninstalled it. Then, I got my hands on Linux Mint release 5 (codenamed ‘Elyssa’; it’s based on Hardy Heron, BTW) ISO through a friend of mine who subscribes to PC World – and installed that. I’ve installed Mint on school computers earlier too, and I liked its overall feel and openSuse GNOME menu rip-off. Agreed, it didn’t solve the accessibility features problem, but it’s more stable than Hardy – which is all I wanted. Plus it comes with much better artwork than Ubuntu’s various-shades-of-shit-colour wallpapers (I really wonder if people who call that shade of brown have gone bonkers). Elegance truly came from Freedom.