Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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My experience with Feisty
by chrono13 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 01:17 UTC
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~15 Minute easy install. Add/Remove sort by popularity, add Nvidia and some players and other popular software
On-attempt-to-play install of most codecs (automagic MP3 and most video support without fuss). With my extra software, some video players/codecs didn't work. I clicked the help icon and followed the easy instructions. Everything just worked.
3d Effects simple as a light switch. I was greedy and wanted beryl. Three lines because I was lazy. I probably could have figured a way to do it entirely GUI.

So, since AIXGL is in by default, and restricted software is visible/easier to install. I had a wonderfully set up system in little bit a half-hour. With some really excellent "the most popular" software (Amarok, K3b, Firefox, Open Office, VLC, MPlayer, Gxine, wine, etc).

Then the test... updates. Alpha/Beta updates on an already configured system? I've been through several updates now, including three xorgs, two kernel, and other major updates and nothing has broken. Not bad for alpha software. I was expecting breakage because the packages were still being updated and changed. Nope. Everything works.

Meanwhile, in Windows this week, I'm running Regmon, Filemon and some other testing, bug catching and monitoring software to find a nasty freeze (I suspect it is the LCD apps I'm running). Already took care of a blue screen that hit last week (video codecs).

For those very familiar with Linux *and* Windows many have found Linux easier for quite some time.

Feisty I believe will tip that scale for the novice. Want to walk your mom over the phone through XP install, activation, antivirus, firewall, software installs, configurations, drivers... Keeping in mind it was a virus or spyware that nuked her system the last two times?
Or... Ubuntu Feisty with a less than half hour setup depending on what she needs?

I can honestly say that for me, Linux has become better than Windows.

Easier to use, set up, and certainly more enjoyable.

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