Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Oct 2008 15:28 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Bang on target, the new version of Ubuntu Linux is available for our downloading pleasure. Amongst various changes it sports updates to the installer, improved networking, and a new 'Mobile USB' version geared towards the blossoming netbook market. Grab a copy from the Ubuntu website, and check out Linux Format's hands-on look. Or the one at Simple Thoughts. Or the one at PolishLinux. And probably a few other websites as well.
Thread beginning with comment 335768
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Member since:

"A windows install, whilst keeping all of your applications and settings intact (including ALL of your applications upgraded to latest versions if available), would be impossible in say less than 2 hours...
You'd need to install each application individually, and a lot of windows apps come on CD or DVD making the process a lot more tedious."

I honestly disagree with your time frame. I know for a fact on my machine it really does only take 60 minutes from bare bones to fully functional, and that includes all my programs and hardware. The 2 largest applications I have are MS Office 2007 and Nero 7. Office only takes 5 minutes to install, and Nero about the same. The rest all take around 2 minutes each at best. I do have a slipstreamed install I use with the latest updates, so I will concede if I actually had to download all the Windows updates, it would take quite a bit more time.

"I know there are reasons for that - but yeah, just pointing out a couple areas where Linux really is better."

No arguments. I use Linux mostly, Windows when I need to as required by either my job or gaming. What I was answering was nothing about being better or not, just that the items can be done and it does work. For work I am more productive on a Linux host, running a VMWare server with a Windows guest then I am running straight Windows. I Sysadmin a mixed environment with both windows and *nix, mostly *nix actually. As I have always said on any forums..whatever the right tool is for the job at hand. Just make sure the toolbox is big enough to have them all and not limit yourself. ;)

Edited 2008-10-31 03:45 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

zegenie Member since:

I think he must be using an early version of the OS that doesn't come with most updates. If you need to download all the updates since the OS release, then I cannot possibly see how you can have it fully *updated* in one hour.

But I think you're spot on with the rest - I usually only use about an hour to get it fully *functional* as well. And I guess when you've done quite a few Windows reinstalls, it's second nature ;)

Reply Parent Score: 1