Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Oct 2012 18:15 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 12.10 has been released, sporting the rather... Interesting tagline 'Avoid the pain of Windows 8'. Two main features are that websites can now be treated as actual applications, integrating them into Unity. The divide between local and online content when searching has also been softened, which, they claim, makes it easier to find what you're looking for. On the server side, it includes the Folsom release of OpenStack, "Cinder, for block storage and Quantum, a virtual networking API. Ubuntu's Metal-as-a-Service bare-metal provisioning tool has been updated and now supports Calxeda hyperscale hardware based on ARM".
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by Dave_K on Sat 20th Oct 2012 21:24 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: ..."
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All of this took me just one reboot and about 20 minutes.

That's assuming that everything goes well and works properly after the upgrade, something I've rarely experienced with Linux.

It also slows things down when some needed software isn't available through the repositories, and has to be downloaded from elsewhere, or compiled from source. And of course I'd have to make sure I remembered to back up the various config files I'd had to edit to get things working when I installed the previous version. I wouldn't want to have to spend another weekend digging through howtos and Linux forums to remind myself how I fixed all the problems the last time.

Here is a 48 second video of someone using the Kubuntu 12.04 package manager (muon)

Package management is nice if all needed software is in the distribution's repositories. It becomes a bit more hassle when you have to search for a 3rd party repository with a particular package.

The real problem is when the software simply isn't available for the distribution you're using. Then you have a choice between trying packages from a slightly different distribution (e.g. Fedora RPMs in Scientific Linux) and hoping for the best, or compiling software from source. Of course that often brings with it the dependency hell that plagued Linux before modern package management.

After an hour or two spent failing to install a nice graphical utility (one that would have saved me from more time spent messing around with config file editing), extra seconds downloading an installer in Windows doesn't seem like a big deal.

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