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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Ubuntu is missing too much stuff...
by rklrkl on Sat 17th Mar 2007 01:24 UTC
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2005-07-06

Until Fedora 7 final comes out, I decided to install Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5 on my brand new Core 2 Duo Acer laptop and ran into an immediate problem with the screen resolution. It was stuck in 1024x768 until I downloaded the "915resolution" util and configured that to get it into 1280x800.

What I found out with Ubuntu is that it's "missing" stuff in its default desktop install that I'm used to having on the Fedora install DVD. No NFS client support (need to install portmap and nfs-common) which is appalling for a desktop release, no XMMS player, no Azureus, no decent terminal fonts (where's Ludica Typewriter - easily the best monospaced font out there!), non-working "Desktop Effects" (blank windows and no focus made the effects unusable), no sshd, no easy way to run 32-bit Firefox (I just install the 32-bit Firefox RPM on Fedora) on a 64-bit system, very buggy GNOME Terminal (I updated it, which improved things a little, but still buggy) and I've no doubt just stratched the surface there.

So hours and hours of tweaking and downloads later and I've muscled Ubuntu into a half-usable system, but I wasn't massively happy after that and I'll be going back to Fedora in a few months. I must say, though, that the live Ubuntu CD is great for just playing with the laptop when I first got it last week and doing backups and re-partitioning.

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