Moving from Windows

I’ve got a laptop that was running Windows 7 that I have barely used. So I decided to install Linux on it, to make developing easier.

I ended up picking Ubuntu because I was familiar how it works and I’ve tried it before.

Attempt #1 – Dual Booting Windows / Ubuntu

The install ran like a dream, I booted from my CD with the distro on it and installed Ubuntu in a side drive. All seemed perfect until I rebooted. I could not get the boot loader to recognise there were two operating systems on board.

Consider it a fail.

Attempt #2 – Ubuntu (+ Encrypted Drive)

I ended up backing up my documents and wiping the drive completely, installing Ubuntu on its own. Since the option was available I chose to encrypt the hard drive.

Seemed to work for a while. Unfortunately I started to get some errors – (of the variety “Ubuntu has encountered an error – send details” with no details).

I figured the encryption wasn’t worth it, so went for attempt 3.

Attempt #3 – Ubuntu

The final attempt appeared to work great. It all installed fine, and I was able to install my development tools such as Sublime Text.

That lead on to my next problem – Unity. It was acceptable, aside from the lack of customisation. My biggest problem is the search menu linking with Amazon. I know, I can turn it off (somehow) but that plus the clunkiness made me miss Windows (at least I can customise the desktop a bit).

So I’ve switched over to Gnome 3, and along with the tweak tool I’ve turned it into something I actually like. Ubuntu is great, but I’ll skip Unity until it works out the bugs. It boots damn fast and I definitely don’t miss Windows on that laptop (that’s what my desktop is for!)

What’s excellent though is being able to run a Laravel project without Vagrant!

Laravel

If I could describe Zend Framework in a few words it would be “bloated” and “confusing”. I’m used to ZF1 by now, but getting it started for a new project again takes too much effort.

So along comes Laravel which is so simple it’s practically beautiful. Yet it’s still pretty powerful.

So for my home project I’m going to be trying Laravel out. Fingers crossed it goes well.