Image gallery: Living free with Linux
Editor's note: This image gallery accompanies our story Living free with Linux: 2 weeks without Windows. Click through to that story for the full review.
By default, Ubuntu uses the Gnome desktop, which at first glance appears spare and bare-bones to old-time Windows users. Where, for example, are all the desktop icons? Unnecessary, because a very useful taskbar across the top of the screen offers quick access to launching programs, browsing the hard disk and network, and exploring the system and changing system preferences.