Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 6th May 2010 21:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The recently released 10.04 version of Ubuntu is the third Long Term Support (LTS) version Canonical has released. I installed this new version on four of my laptops (2 netbooks, 1 normal laptop, 1 portable desktop replacement), and here's my impression of it.
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Adding to this Review
by NathanHill on Thu 6th May 2010 22:23 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

I was thinking about submitting a review from a Mac user's perspective.

I have Ubuntu 10.04 running on an old Dell Dimension 2400 with PCI Radeon 9250 card (yuk).

Once things were finally setup, it runs pretty well despite the age of this old machine. There are weird screen flickers and no compiz support on this old card (due to some bug in its rendering). Not sure if those are driver problems or what... but otherwise, it browses the web fine and seems to even have a slight edge on good ol' XP.

But that's after it was finally setup.

It took me about three days worth of down time to get it working right after the install.

I used the wubi installer feature, which seemed to work painlessly in XP but died after reboot. The GUI installer could not continue, and it said I had to reboot. And that's it. No indication of the error. I rebooted a couple of times to see if it would continue and finally chose the verbose/failsafe option since I had no other information.

It continued and finished installing finally.

Booting into Ubuntu did work although I noticed that the screen resolution was wrong and everything was a little fuzzy. Turns out, it did not seem to detect my video card or lcd monitor. Might be because I use a KVM on this, which might be problematic for Linux, but works brilliantly in XP and Leopard.

Here was a dead end for a while. I tried different options of detecting my monitor, but X would not go above some weird resolution for a widescreen monitor. I searched a long time for how to add resolutions or detect my monitor or video card to fix this (xrandr and other stuff) but had no luck until I found someone's old xorg.conf file posted on some other Linux forums with the settings for this silly LCD monitor. Plugged them in and now I can use 1280x1024 resolution and things seem less fuzzy.

So sort of a happy ending for now. I would love to see Ubuntu polish itself up with more options for helping people. I know things have improved, but it should not let video cards and monitors go undetected. If they are undetected, Ubuntu should quickly tell you this is a problem and fix it for you (or allow you to punch display information yourself and search a database for solutions). Maybe more troubleshooting options or direct links to troubleshooting information?

Of course, as long as you still have to edit xorg.conf, Ubuntu (or X) should get an F for usability, but it sounds like it may just have been my goofy KVM setup. If it works for most people, it should be good enough. Still, I've never had to use the Terminal or command line in Windows or Mac OS to get things installed, so there is still work to be done.

The OS looks great, is beginning to have a decent sense of personality and style to it, and comes with Chromium or Chrome easily installed. Ubuntu is starting to put a serious shine on the Linux name. I'm enjoying playing around with it for now.

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