Is Opera really that unpopular? It runs far more smoothly on my T23 than firefox does. Feeling a bit deflated, using firefox I went to Opera's website and downloaded the linux 'deb' file. The Ubuntu software centre recognised the file and took over, then stopped working. I tried to close it off after a while, and got a Windows style 'Not Responding' error. This is not the kind of stability issue I had expected from Linux.
I decided to give it another go, and double clicked the 'deb' file in Firefox's downloads:
It seems there was some sort of existential issue. I will confess I was finding life a bit meaningless at this stage. To recap:
- Trying Ubuntu's 'Netbook Edition' involved using over a gigabyte of my bandwidth allowance
- The easy on the eye 'Netbook Edition' crashed as soon as I logged in
- Installing flash wouldn't work
- Downloading Thinkpad specific trackpoint drivers was an frustrating and futile exercise
- So was installing Opera
I've by no means given up on Linux, but it will be a good few years before I try it again. I am glad, glad glad I didn't let Ubuntu anywhere near my proper hard drive.