After quite some time of suffering with my desktop flirting with failure, the sales on Black Friday finally opened up an opportunity for me to upgrade to an i-series Intel CPU on my budget. My desktop now consists of a new motherboard, running an i3 CPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a new power supply capable of driving all that new hardware.
Of course this upgrade does have its downsides. In order to speed things along, so that I can get back to my preparations for my next semester at UAH, I installed a Linux system with which I wouldn’t constantly have to fight - Ubuntu. Despite my distaste for this particular distro ever since their decision to switch the window controls to the left hand side by default, they simply work well on the desktop - given that Ubuntu manages to blend stability with software current enough not to drive someone accustomed to newer features insane.
Despite the ease that Ubuntu provides, there will undoubtedly be material for me to cover provided by it, mainly in the areas of customizations.
On top of that, now having enough RAM and hardware with virtualization support, I’ve begun experimenting with Virtual Box, and upon having more time will look at some of the other methods for implementing virtualization.