I’m still playin’ around with Ubuntu, trying out various application themes and settling on a lovely theme called Gelatin. For now, anyway. I also installed Compiz Fusion for all the other neato graphical treats. I don’t use the multiple desktop thing but I do like the effect when flipping between them! 🙂
I’m also playing around with virtualization, as I’ve always been fascinated by emulators, and the idea of running Windows XP inside a window inside Ubuntu is just too cool to pass up. So far I’ve tried VirtualBox and VMware Player, but there are other alternatives available. VirtualBox was easy to set up but the desktop resolution seems to be limited to 1280×768 or something, which is smaller than I’d like. VMware gives me full-screen Windoze goodness, however, which would be perfect for when I’m working from home (which requires WinXP). One day I worked at home in Ubuntu while using a VPN connection inside virtualized Windows and it worked perfectly, and the speed was snappy to boot. The only real problem is activating your virtualized copy of Windows, since you can only have one copy activated at a time…so if you have it installed on VMware and on its own partition (or another machine), you’re screwed. Rumor has it that a authentication-free “student edition” of Windows XP SP2 is floating around various BitTorrent sites, but you didn’t hear that from me…
Anyway, I just want to see how this stuff works because I simply can’t do without certain programs that don’t work on Ubuntu yet, like Photoshop CS3, iTunes, CloneDVD Mobile, etc. (not to mention my VPN connection to the office). I could probably swtich to some alternative programs, but not unless I have to! I’m not quite ready to give up the ghost on Windows, but this would make it a bit easier.
Here’s a couple of recent screenshots, just for fun, one of the Gelatin theme and one of Windows XP running full-screen inside VMware Player. Nice!