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Old 04-29-2011, 08:13 AM
 
Location: USA
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For some folks that might be interested, here are some articles about the latest version of Ubuntu Linux.

The new Ubuntu Desktop: Unity | ZDNet

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 review | Ubuntu 11.04 review | Ubuntu review | Software | Reviews | PC Pro

Ubuntu Linux 11.04's Target Audience: Casual Windows Users | ZDNet

I just checked out this version last night. It looks very different from Windows and OSX. Takes some getting used to. I downloaded the ISO file and will install it today.

I'm happy with my current dual-boot of Ubuntu 10.10 and Win7. Well, except maybe for what's looking like winrot again.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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I will try it, but every time I've used Ubuntu its been a total pain in the a$$ to install and there's always been some unfixed hardware incompatibility with several machines.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: sowf jawja
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i installed ubuntu on an older laptop last year and loved it. the laptop ran so much faster with ubuntu.

i quit using it though because my Tether app for blackberry would not work; i found it was pointless to have a dual-boot system, so I went back to windows only.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Whittier
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I go back and forth with Ubuntu in general. It has improved leaps and bounds but there are still hiccups that prevent it from going mainstream.

For example, it would be a free, safe, easy to use OS for my parents. With e-mail, occasional word and internet, however their printer doesn't work with it at all. (Lexmark).

I can work around those problems but most people can't or don't want to.

With Windows and/or Mac if you've ever seen the how to or help they are much easier and much more prevalent than for linux; a large part of figuring out linux problems is really digging deep in forums to try to find an answer.

For example I had to search and search until I found a driver to install a canon printer on Ubuntu. I found out I had to download the driver from a Chinese website, then of course unpack a tarbal and all of that good stuff. Again, most people don't want to deal.

I think Canonical and other distributors need to make an even more solid foundation. And by that I mean driver support. That would mean charging to get other OEMs on board to make sure that, for example most all printers and peripherals are supported easily.

In terms of this new release, I don't mind it and think it would be OK for most to use, however for people actually using linux they'll change the layout anyway.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: DFW
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I almost had a panic attack when I logged in and the functionality of my desktop was completely changed and couldn't even find the menu to change the system preferences.. then I realized all I have to do is select "Ubuntu Classic" at the bottom before logging in..
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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lol

Every year there is a story about how Linux will take off and be used by millions, but it never happens.

It's still to involved for the casual user. It will always be a geek OS.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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From those screenshots, I like the look of the unity desktop. Might have to try it out when it comes out for Fedora.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Unity has potential, but it's tough to escape the feeling that it just isn't ready yet. Ubuntu's drive to bring something radically new to the Linux desktop just might work in the long run, but unless you want to come along for all the bumps along the way, we suggest skipping Ubuntu 11.04 and waiting for something more fully baked to emerge.
Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved ? The Register
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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After a few days of using this latest version, I would have to agree - not ready for primetime. But it's not that far off. I'd say it should be pretty good by the October release.

It's not like there's a gajillion Ubuntu/Gnome users that will be adversely affected by this move to Unity. I'm still trying to get used to the Unity and so far, I like it. It's different enough from Gnome/Windows. Feeds the non-conformist in me.

And it's fast. Even faster than 10.10. And Win7 Ultimate, which I have in a dual-boot.

I like that they seem to be picking off some design touches from the Mac/IOS. Not as refined as the Apple, but pretty good. Maybe Ubuntu will become the poor man's Mac.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:38 PM
 
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Of all the Linux releases I've tried Ubuntu has the best shot of being called the windows replacement for the average person....

Agree with you that Unity will take some getting used too...
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