Matthew Paul Thomas is back with an article about why Free Software has poor usability, with concrete suggestions for how to solve the problems. Thomas is an interaction designer who works for Canonical. You might remember his list of 69 usability problems in Ubuntu 5.04.
The latest release of Ubuntu Linux has hit the download servers. One of the more exciting aspects of this release is that it contains a new installer that allows Windows users to install inside their Windows hard drive partition without repartitioning, so you can try it out with no risk to your existing system. Christer Edwards has some nice upgrade instructions.
Jessamyn West installed Ubuntu on some library computers and made this cute video of it.
Dell is set to start selling consumer-targeted desktop and laptops pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux at the end of the month. This is really fantastic news and I’ll probably order on day one, I just hope they offer some Latitudes.
Yes, I’m working on it right now, and it makes even the Mac OS seem like a forest of unnecessary gizmos. Linux is blazingly fast compared with Microsoft’s OS, utterly simple, complete with any application you can imagine and – more amazingly – based on an entirely different philosophy than Windows. There’s a spirit of abundance and transparency in this Linux universe. Need something, and you just grab it. Pay, if you like, what you like, when you’ve determined its of value to you.
Cory Doctorow is switching to Ubuntu! How many tech luminaries can Ubuntu rack up in the span of a few weeks? [Tim Bray](http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2006/06/15/Switch-From-Mac) is switching, too. Next Walt Mossberg will post a [glowing review](http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/ptech-20050428.html) and [Scoble](http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/) will replace his Vista Beta install with [Dapper](https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DapperDrake).