Today I had an interesting interaction on Twitter about the Linux operating system, Ubuntu. I had an extra machine lying around and so I decided to install Ubuntu on it. That’s what nerds do with their free time. Plus, I figured it would be nice to hook it up to my big screen TV to watch Hulu and other online video streams. Turns out that it works really well for that.
However, today my main work computer crapped out. Not sure what, but it seems like the power supply is dead. We’ll see. So, I decided I might as well just use the Ubuntu install that I’d already done. Only problem was when I tried to install another video card so that I could have my regular dual monitor set up. Here’s the tweet I sent out about it:
Needless to say I haven’t been able to get the extra video card to work. I did eventually get it to boot from the second video card, but then it couldn’t find the first. That’s just weird to me. I’m sure I need to get in the conf files to configure the display, but that’s just a total PITA. This response to my initial tweet summarized it well:
Yep, it’s going to be a little while before Linux ever takes over Windows as the operating system for most EMR users. I had high hopes for Ubuntu when I did the install. In fact, I was surprised how well the drivers worked for my wireless USB device (which required a special driver download on Windows XP). Too bad this video card stuff is such a pain. This is just one thing, but I’m sure stuff like this is exactly why EMR and EHR vendors aren’t developing their products for the linux desktop environment.
I think I better give up my nerd card and pick up my “I just want it to work” card.