Taking Ubuntu Ibex on vacation

Humacao, Puerto Rico. Where Ubuntu Ibex will be put to the test.
Written by Jason Perlow, Senior Contributing Writer


Humacao, Puerto Rico. Where Ubuntu Ibex will be put to the test.

Well, it's time for little rest and relaxation. As of Saturday, I'm officially on vacation for a week -- the Gantt charts, the Visios, the component models, the time sheets, the expense reports, the weekly deliverables and status reports -- all shall go by the wayside, in exchange for a beach, some sun, and tropical drinks, with  some Bacardi and Cokes and a few Medalla Lights and Presidentes thrown into the mix.

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I'll be spending the week in Puerto Rico, based out of a timeshare condo in Humacao, on the East coast of the island. If I were to take my own advice, I'd leave my laptop and Blackberry at home for a week, but let's face it -- without having the ability to check in on my emails and do some after-hours browsing, I'll start having withdrawal symptoms pretty darn quick.

So I've decided I would compromise. For a whole week, I'll abandon my work PC environment -- my company-supplied Windows XP on my Lenovo T60 laptop. My plan is to rip out the Lenovo's removable hard disk, and swap it out with my spare that has a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. My wife and I will use Ubuntu exclusively for e-mail, wireless Internet access, photo editing, and the articles that I will write that week will be authored entirely with the built-in Open Source word processing tools.

My original intent was to test out Ubuntu Netbook Remix on a Sylvania Meso G and see how well it worked as a PC replacement, but I was unable to procure one in time. However, I've been wanting to test Intrepid Ibex for a while now, so I figured while I had no other distractions other than eating shrimp mofongo on the beach and checking out the local wildlife, it would be the perfect opportunity to take a Linux vacation.

Do you take Linux with you on vacation? Talk Back and let me know.

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