So, I recently purchased a new Acer Aspire laptop to do some Semantic Web development. I installed Ubuntu Linux and opted for dual booting between the pre-installed Windows 7 64-bit and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) 32-bit. While the system was installing I was thinking why not try and consolidate the three laptops I am currently using for personal use (Mac OSX), work (Windows XP Pro) and now development (Ubuntu). I know the toughest part will be the work laptop as unfortunately Microsoft appilcations are the norm the capability with non-Microsoft applications can be tough.
After coping over the files from my work laptop, I exported my Outlook data to Outlook personal files (*.pst) which I then imported into Evolution. Next up I copied over the Berkely mailbox files (*.mbox) from the Thunderbird directory on my Mac and imported them into Evolution.
During the process my wireless connection on the new Ubuntu laptop would drop after 30 or so minutes. I noticed in the system logs that there were a lot of "ath9k: Unable to reset channel..." After Googling a bit I found a recommendation for the ath9k driver for the Atheros wireless device to install the following backport linux modules:
So far this change is working like a champ (phew!).
** update: seems like version Ubuntu 10.04 fixes the wireless and microphone issue on my Aspire 5542
Here is an initial list of applications that I am planning to use as the Linux counterpart to Microsoft:
MS Outlook -> Evolution
MS Office -> OpenOffice
YahooIM -> Pigin (the cool thing with Pigin is that it supports many IM services)
MS IE -> Firefox
Dreamweaver -> KompoZer (was actually surprised that Dreamweaver did not have a Linux version - only Mac and Windows)
** update - not a fan of KonpoZer - ended up just making content changes in Eclipse IDE
MediaPlayer -> SMPlayer