Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 21:26 UTC, submitted by Maarten Vanheuverswyn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The 5th preview release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake is out on the mirrors. As usual, there are both install and live CD's for PowerPC, x86, and x86-64. "We are now in the final stages of Dapper Drake development. Everything is stabilizing, and Ubuntu 6.04 will certainly be a top-notch professional OS. Now that all of the lower level improvements have been made, it is time to close the hood and rub on a coat of wax. With Flight 5 comes a new and improved Human look-and-feel, a few new GUI power tools, and much more." Update: Screenshot tour.
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I've had friends with no linux experience install it with just the smallest amount of help from myself

I'm doing Linux classes at the moment, and frankly you'd be surprised how many people have never seen a command line (I certainly was). Competent, experienced computer (Windows) users who just clam up when there's no mouse. Translating GUI concepts into a TUI (text user interface) is harder than it appears, it seems.

You're right that the Ubuntu text mode installer is easy to use, but the lack of a mouse cursor makes it an alien environment for users wanting to point and click.

My advice to the Ubuntu (& Debian) developers: simply enabling the console mouse driver and allowing users to click the buttons instead of having to navigate with the keyboard would take much of the newbie frustration away.

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