Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2007 23:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu DistroWatch reviews Geubuntu, and concludes: "For Enlightenment and Ubuntu fans this distro is custom made for you. It takes the best of Ubuntu and combines it with a great desktop environment. If Ubuntu or Kubuntu is a bit too heavy for your equipment, then Geubuntu just might be what you need. It might also be an idea for those who find Elive a bit overwhelming, or those who like to be a bit different from the rest of the crowd."
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

As I promised, I did try the geubuntu live system CD. Here are my (very short) comments about what I experienced. Please NB that it is very individual. Most of you would note other things.

First, I took the claim that geubuntu would be a good choice for systems that are low on ressources literally. Sadly, this did not work with the default settings (and I didn't take the time to examine possible kernel parameters for assertion override): The system seems to require a BIOS date from at least 2000. I did try a 300 MHz Intel P2 system from 1996 and a 500 MHz AMD system - none of them did work. That's what I'm talking about when I say "low on ressources", but I think the developers of geubuntu had different opinions, maybe 2 GHz is to be considered a low power system today.

So I decided to run the live system CD on the fastest x86 system I have at home, which is a 2 GHz Celeron with 768 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 9600 graphics and some additional ATA and SCSI equipment.

First of all I noticed that my USB keyboad (Sun Type 6) was not usable inside the start selector, so I had to plug in an AT keyboard on the HIL connector. This worked fine.

Internationalization is very important for users that do not come from an english speaking country. (I may exclude myself here because I prefer correct english instead of sloppy german translation.) Fortunately, keyboard layout and system language cvould be changed very early in the start selector. Even the help texts (PF1) were translated. Great!

But I didn't get behind the secrets of the PF4 (VGA and resolutions), PF5 (Accessibility, magnification, braille output etc.) selections. They did not have any effect. Should they?

After starting the system (default setting, first choice), there did not occur any kernel messages that could be interesting for diagnostic purposes. I think the developers did switch them of in order not to scare new users with DOS. :-)

Suddenly, a message reported that the installed Realtek RTL8138 (10ec:8139) NIC would not be compatible to the 8139C+ and I should use the "8139too" driver. Strange... but the 3Com NIC did work without problems.

When the system started its services, status messages were displayed. But not in german - they were in english. After that, the monitor switched off for a short time and displayed a yellow background with an ugly white mouse pointer. After a short time, the system was usable, the GUI was displayed. Sadly, its upper section was above the monitor's top, so I had to adjust it manually - as if an 21" CRT would not be big enough. :-)

I noticed that the USB keyboard did work now, but it was switched parallel (!) to the AT keyboard so I could use one keyboard per hand and do parallel input. :-)

The mouse pointer, still strange in shape, changed to another colour that did not appeal to me - some kind of red brown. Along with the default color schemes, the text effects and the other desktop effects, the GUI was overloaded with eye candy, at least in my opinion. You see, I don't care about eye candy, I don't need it and I don't want it. Every user of compiz+fusiion surely would say: "Overloaded? Hey, that's just 1% of the effects I usually have enabled!" :-) But for me, it was too much. The text above the animated icons in the launch bar on the bottom of the screen was not good to read, same for the text in the menus, which were not as good browsable as menus that do not look like a heap of pushbuttons.

Okay, but now for the more impressing things: The language selection I did inside the start selector did have an effect to the system - a thing I didn't notice using KDE based live systems. But sadly, Firefox and Thunderbird were still in english, while Thunar, Pidgin, Gimp and the CD creation utility were in german, so this would be very good for german users that want to try out a Linux system.

Sound did wirk, CD creation worked, video playback did work. From my first impressions, Thunar is a nice file manager that could make "Windows" users feel familiar. Allthough UFS partitions got detected correctly, at least as hard disk volumes, they could not be accessed.

Later on, I'll have a look at printing capabilites of this system.

My take: If you are really low on ressources, geubuntu isn't what you're looking for. But if your system is new enough, it's an interesting experience how you can build a very usable system on a desktop that is not KDE and not Gnome.

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