Ubuntu is Coming…

By Deane Barker on August 7, 2006

Ubuntu Linux now on my new Thinkpad T43p: Wow!: A glowing review of Ubuntu on the desktop. Like Mark Pilgrim, Jeremy is impressed (so is our very own Joe, for that matter).

I cannot overstate how important this is: Ubuntu is the first real “desktop” Linux I’ve ever seen. There’s a lot of polish to it, most of the “right” things have been hidden from non-Linux geeks, and it just works.

I’ve read so many other stories like this but had to see it for myself.

If you’ve been waiting years and years for desktop Linux (or laptop Linux) to finally arrive, give Ubuntu a shot. Seriously.

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  1. I like ubuntu a lot. As you say, it’s very polished but… 1) It’s strict “free as in speech” approach will frustrate multimedia users 2) It’s insistence on ‘sudo’ as opposed to su complicates things 3) LAN-awareness (samba-served nas, NTFS & even ext3) isn’t seamless

    Ubuntu is y.a. “great leap forward” but more geared towards the solitary system that is plugged into the internet. For those of us who’ve a lot of experience in managing NTFS networks and only a little w/*nix, the learning curve is a tad steep in part because of philosophical choices…

    ymmv, -Craig

  2. Craig,

    Try out EasyUbuntu or Automatix for all the unfree software that Ubuntu doesn’t come with.

    Ubuntu isn’t perfect for some scenarios yet, but now that someone’s finally out together a game plan for what a Linux desktop ought to look like, I think it’s just a matter of time.

  3. Ubuntu is great. I switched from Fedora and am very happy with it. I removed my Windows drive a couple of months ago and don’t miss it.

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