Linked by Jeremy LaCroix on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 18:38 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu My search for "the perfect Linux operating system" this time brings me to the latest incarnation of Ubuntu, version 5.04, also known as the "Hoary Hedgehog Release". Previously I was using Fedora Core 4, however due to some minor bugs it had, I wanted to try something different.
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Ubuntu - My experiences
by on Tue 23rd Aug 2005 15:09 UTC

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I like Ubuntu because it doesn't change the look and feel of Gnome like Fedora does.

Here were my bad experiences though installing on a Dell Insprion 4100 laptop.

1) KDE was not an option to install at install time. You have to add that using Synaptic Package manager. That's really trivial except you have to add each kde package by selecting them individually.

2) The hard disk kept shutting off every 5 seconds. The spin up and spin down was driving me nuts. I had to research and find the laptop-mode and set to off.

3) Intermittent pauses for now apparent reason. The asnwers is to kill the power daemon.

4) WiFi support. I have a linksys 54g card and a dlink DWL-650 rev. M card. I couldn't get either one to recognize automatically. The DLink I tried ndiswrapper with and to no avail.

5) Java Support under firefox. That took a while to get working and I had to make some symlinks I think to get it work after installing the jdk/jre.

I'm a software engineer. I had trouble getting some of this stuff working without lots of time on google. How can we expect adoption to the masses like this. There's no way my mom could do any of this stuff on her own.

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RE: Ubuntu - My experiences
by on Tue 23rd Aug 2005 15:15 in reply to "Ubuntu - My experiences"
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Oh ya, I forgot - I also had to manually configure some files to allow me to mount my windows xp partition. Why doesn't this happen automatically during install?

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RE: Ubuntu - My experiences
by on Wed 24th Aug 2005 16:21 in reply to "Ubuntu - My experiences"
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1) KDE was not an option to install at install time. You have to add that using Synaptic Package manager. That's really trivial except you have to add each kde package by selecting them individually.

Or you could type one line on a terminal:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Cheers,
Daniel.

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