Jun 022010
 

I had Dad ship his old laptop for an upgrade. After installing Ubuntu Lucid (from a USB key) and upgrading the RAM, I was _really_ impressed that Empathy video chat over Google Talk “just worked”. I went and picked up a Logitech C120 web-cam for him for $20, took it home, plugged it in the USB slot and guess what – it just worked! We’ve come a long way in 10 years Linux! Honestly it felt weird… I kept thinking… isn’t there a driver I should have to download, build, fix, patch, build, etc… It’s like… having a mac or something. The only thing that would have made it better would be if the box had a penguin logo on the back.

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