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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RE[5]: What makes Ubuntu better?
by Joe User on Sat 11th Mar 2006 23:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What makes Ubuntu better?"
Joe User
Member since:
2005-06-29

But Ubuntu is aimed at inexperienced users as much as experienced once

You gotta be kidding. I tried to install Ubuntu earlier this year with the online manual, and it was way too complicated to me. I gave up.

I guess it is a distro aimed at developpers, but definately not for the average joe user.

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houp Member since:
2005-07-06

You gotta be kidding. I tried to install Ubuntu earlier this year with the online manual, and it was way too complicated to me. I gave up.

I guess it is a distro aimed at developpers, but definately not for the average joe user.


So maybe you should contact Ubuntu team and say about your expiriences with installation. I think they want an avarage joe users to be able to install and use Ubuntu. Ubuntu isn't rather targeted at developers IMHO.

Anyway it seems that a graphics installer is on the way, so installation should be easier in upcoming releases...

Edited 2006-03-11 23:41

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Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, actually it seems that every installation is text-based or from the console (correct me if I'm mistaken...)

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Madtinkerer Member since:
2006-01-07

<You gotta be kidding. I tried to install Ubuntu earlier this year with the online manual, and it was way too complicated to me. I gave up.

I guess it is a distro aimed at developpers, but definately not for the average joe user.>

I've got to disagree with you on this one. Ubuntu is a great distro for newbies. I've had friends with no linux experience install it with just the smallest amount of help from myself - explaining where to find network info, for example. I find the installer to be simple to use but perhaps in need of a facelift to make it more appealing to non-linux users. You should try it again. The forums are a great place to look for help for your installation problems.

Edited 2006-03-12 03:01

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davidiwharper Member since:
2006-01-01

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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Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Ha ha ha ha ha!

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el3ktro Member since:
2006-01-10

What? Installing Ubuntu is as easy as making a free partition, putting the CD in, answer a few simple questions & your done. If you don't know how to partition your harddrive, then don't blame Linux for this. I agree that partitioning the harddrive is often the most difficult part of installing Linux, but this has nothing to do with Linux, it's because most people want to install it in parallel to Windows first. It wouldn't be different the other way round. Sorry I don't want to be rude but if you can't install Ubuntu than you also can't install Windows - both are the same easy or hard to install. Where exactly did you give up? Perhaps we're able to help you and you can try again.


Tom

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AmigaRobbo Member since:
2005-11-15

Re: ease of Installation.
I found it the easiest Distro to install, but I have been trying since about Mandrake 6 or something, heck it even found my Graphics and sound cards (cough), but I would imagine, Installing with damaging an excisting Windows setup would still be scary to a person new to all this.

I don't personally find Linux floats my boat, but what I really don't like about it is some of the fan-boys how over exagrate how easy it is to install, and are rather sniffy about those who have trouble. I thought one of the strengths of Ubuntu was the friendyness given to 'nubies'.?

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Joe User Member since:
2005-06-29

Sorry I don't want to be rude but if you can't install Ubuntu than you also can't install Windows

No, I install Windows every now and then. Windows is easy for me because it has a graphical installer. I am just unable to use the command line... ;)

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