Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 18:30 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu It's that time of year again: a new Ubuntu release (or Kubuntu, if that's your thing). Canonical has just released Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx. This is a long term support release, meaning its supported period is far longer than that of normal releases. It comes with the latest and greatest the Free software world has to offer, while also adding some Ubuntu-specific features, of course.
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RE[4]: Warning
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Warning"
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"I am going to purchase a netbook soon and I will install it there.
I have an Asus 1005PE, and I can tell you Lucid makes a great netbook os. It's much better than previous Ubuntu versions, in no small part because that atrocious hal daemon is gone. That thing was a polling power-hogging process that kept battery consumption relatively high as compared to other oses both Linux and otherwise. With that out of the way though, I can finally get the full 14 hours of battery life out of it, something that before I could only do with a carefully configured Arch setup. "

I installed Kubuntu on my 10" netbook. Kubuntu doesn't have any issues with re-loaction of title-bar controls. I set the main menu to "classic mode", I changed the clock on the menu bar to an analog clock, and I then moved the panel away from the bottom to the left-hand edge of the screen. I set up a quick-launch group for the 8 most-used applications, and Kubuntu provides a quick-access file navigation mode. I set up smb4k to auto-run and re-mount network shares after login, which works well even via a wireless network connection.

I set up a folderview on the main desktop Windows (if you prefer icons directly on the desktop, you can do this, but I think a folderview works better with other desktop widgets you may want to use). You can choose to have the same layout on each virtual desktop, or a different layout for each desktop ... this will depend on the way you work which way is better for you.

With the main panel on the left-hand edge, the netbook now has the full screen height to utilise when running applications. This is particularly good when running Firefox, Kmail/Kontact, Okular, Google Chrome, OpenOffice or digikam (for use with digital cameras). I often run a few different applications full-screen on a separate desktop ... so that I can flick the mouse to a screen corner and I get a "present windows" to switch applications, or I can scroll the mouse wheel when hovering over the desktop manager icon in the panel to "spin the cube" between applications.

Vertical screen real-estate is at a premium on netbooks. This is a very good way to run applications on a netbook and minimise the impact of its restricted vertical screen real-estate.

Kubuntu Lucid has really improved over previous releases. It is a neck-and-neck decision as to which will be better between Kubuntu Lucid or PCLinuxOS 2010. Perhaps Kubuntu will get the edge because of the larger number of applications available in its repositories.

Edited 2010-04-29 23:58 UTC

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