Linked by Christian Paratschek on Mon 25th Apr 2005 20:11 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Welcome back to another issue of my reviews of Linux distributions. Not really surprisingly, this time I decided to take a close look at the second version of the most popular Debian offshoot, Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu's performance probably was the biggest surprise that 2004 had in store for Linux users. Just 9 months ago, almost noone even knew that there was a new project underway, but then things went really fast: after a preview version in mid-September, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, released version 4.10 in October. Being based on Debian, Ubuntu has a solid base and, despite not being supported officially, all the (18.000) Debian packages available. Ubuntu 4.10 proved to be a decent operating system (especially for a first try) and had overall pretty positive reviews (here's mine).
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Nice review
by Uno Engborg on Mon 25th Apr 2005 21:37 UTC

The free desktop is looking better and better. This is
one of the best I have seen so far.

However, I really agree with the auther on the window closing behavior. Is this a "bright" ideda of the Ubuntu team or should I send a bug report to the Gnome people?

What was wrong with the Gnome 2.8 spatial model? The disappearance of open windows as new ones are opened gives the desktop a nerveous feel. In a spatial desktop, things should stay put. If you want windows to close, as you open new ones, you would better use the navigational model.

By the way, does anybody know if there is any way to turn it off e.g. in GConf.