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Simon Gerber writes an overview of the famous Ubunutu Dapper Drake...

Dulce et decorum est pro Distro mori

A long time ago, in an analogy far, far away, a battle was being waged. It was not, as some might tempt you into believing, a confrontation between good and evil. Nor was it precisely an economic revolution - an overturning of all that has come before. These predictions have, of course, been made before. And on the eve of every battle, they are made again. So if we close our eyes, just for a moment, and believe...

A giant software empire stands poised on the brink of world dominion. Their rule is not a benevolent one. OEM taxes cripple the populace and DRM spies are everywhere. Spyware bandits terrorise innocent citizens, while malware and viruses run rampant. Both the police force and health-care system are on the take. They provide no public welfare, and run their own protection rackets on the side. The people suffer, and yet the Empire, concerned only with its own profit, spends its budget on propaganda and prepares for the imminent release of its next operating system.

Many refugees have fled across the waves to iCountry, where everything is white, mayhap even translucent, and beneath the Empire’s mighty shadow, a band of daring rebels struggle to free the desktop. But the rebels' main strength is also their Achilles heel. "Choice!" they proclaim, and ‘choice’ they offer. Deb or RPM? Vim or Emacs? Gnome or KDE?

And from time to time, rising up from deep within this pool of vibrant chaos, an occasional Champion will emerge. Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Patrick Volkerding, and lately, some might claim, Mark Shuttleworth. Many developers will follow their flag, many more will not. But for a moment in time, however brief, the light of Open Source shines strong.

Romantic, idealised, and contentious as this view may be - a certain amount of creative flair goes a long way to explain Ubuntu's sudden rise to fame. We all know the story behind the distribution, but harder to explain is its enormous popularity. Much of this, I believe can be attributed to sheer Internet presence. When you hit a problem with Linux and Google for it - you're as likely to come across the solution on Ubuntu's forums as not. Or else the Wiki. Or perhaps someone has already scripted a workaround. Certainly, I myself was completely unaware of Ubuntu until I encountered a problem with dual monitors using Fedora Core 3 and went searching.

And now, it is April, 2006. 6.04, in Versionspeak. Six flight CDs have come and gone, and I have watched them all pass before me. Moreover, it has been nearly eighteen months since the first Ubuntu release, and a lot has been promised. So much so, that Canonical have decided to break one of those promises and delay the release of Ubuntu 6.04, now 6.06, in order to accommodate them. The next version of Ubuntu, codenamed 'Dapper Drake', is just around the corner. Will the rising brown star continue to rise? Or will burn up on entry with the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving behind nothing but a smattering of *buntu derivatives.

A Little Spit and Polish Never Hurt Anyone

This is not a review. It is not fair to review a work in progress. It is not a preview either. Such has already been done. Besides, all too often both views degenerate into a list of everything that does not yet work. And! And! Even reviews of released Linux distributions often do little more than enumerate features that haven't been added yet, but are already present in the author's current favourite. So I won't cover in any great depth what is and is not in Dapper. If you want to mark for yourself each stride forward, please visit the testing pages linked to above. It will tell you what you need to know, and has pretty screen-shots besides.

I will not hide my bias either. Ubuntu is my Darling. It cradled me in its soft, brown arms, soothing the burns and blisters of years of Windows and RPMs. I will say this: Working with Dapper on standard desktop hardware is a pleasant experience. I have an AMD64 3500+ processor, 512MB of ram, a GeForce 4200, on-board sound and Ethernet, plus an old prism-based 11mbs wireless card. Nothing too new, nothing too old. Not even a printer or scanner to bang my head against.

Now let us take an x86 install CD. The graphical boot menu is a nice touch. In earlier versions you could hit the F8 key and everything would... sparkle. This is now gone, as it was never meant to be in the first place. Hit 'ENTER', and we are back into the blue, text-based installer.

I do not subscribe to the opinion that a text-based installer is an automatic black mark. Answering a few quick questions is no hardship. A user who has never installed an operating system before won't have anything to compare against. Besides, if you don't know what you're doing - any installer is intimidating – pretty blue bubbles or not. The live CD now features a graphical installer, which I am not man enough to fiddle with pre-production. But I do hear tell that Canonical's eventual plan is to only ship the live-CD via Shipit. The installer and server CDs will still, and always, be free for download.

The installer itself has been tweaked so that it no longer requires a reboot after the initial set of packages has been copied off the CD. It also does its best to ask all questions up front. The only spanner in the works is (still) X configuration. If you have a reasonably well behaved monitor, it will run straight through until the you hit desktop, but monitors that are not detected automatically will ask you to pick a resolution half-way through. I was amused to see that, perhaps as a side-effect of this tweaking, the installer now claims it is 'downloading' packages even when it is simply copying them off the CD.

Up until Flight 4, the Dapper artwork had not significantly changed. It looked much the same as Breezy. But daily updates catapulted my system into a brilliant orange, slowly fading to a light pastel that may or may not delight your eyes. I find it rather more neutral than the previous brown, and find myself hunting backgrounds to match. As opposed to 5.10, where I would pick a background and then search for a theme to match.

There are an increasing number of minor cosmetic changes. The icons have been overhauled and there are little touches of orange everywhere. Most done rather nicely, I thought. The system notification pop-up has improved markedly since the early Flights. Ejecting a USB-drive now flashes a pop-up asking you to wait while the OS finishes writing data to the drive before unmounting it. The main menus have tool-tips, as does the workplace switcher. The menus have been reorganised and, with mixed results, 'simplified'.

As I sit here writing this, a patch just went through that collected all the removable media and mountable drives into a single sub-menu of the 'Places' menu. This is change was so natural and intuitive that, merely seconds after the patch was replied, I can barely remember how the Places menu used to look.

All system tools and GUI configurators now sit in their rightful place under the System menu. No more hunting back and forth between 'Applications --> System Tools' and 'System'. However, as part of this process some other things you might want have been hidden. If this is the case – the menu entries are still there and can be re-enabled via the menu editor. On this topic, I must applaud the decision to put the Scanning menu item back in. The previous decision to remove it because scanning could be accessed through The Gimp was laudable, but misguided. Less disruptive, the Gconf editor is now MIA. However, I would have never even noticed this if I hadn't been playing with Xgl and Compiz (see below).

But all these cosmetic changes are almost beside the point. Dapper is faster. I daresay this is one area in which your personal mileage will vary. And no doubt much of the improvement comes from the optimisation of Gnome 2.14. But I, for one, can feel the difference. Ubuntu boots faster, Gnome starts in seconds, tool-tips appear instantly and menus snap open without a moment's delay. Even Openoffice appears to start faster and run smoother. It's a subtle thing, and perhaps even the lighter theme contributes to the feeling. But by contrast, Ubuntu 5.10 feels heavy and sluggish. An incremental release cycle on a short timescale can lead to a feeling that each release is a little inadequate. But I dare anyone to go back to Ubuntu 4.10, or even 5.04, and then sit down at a Dapper machine without smiling. In comparison, it's a whole new playing field.

But does it work?

So we have a shiny, new OS. What can it do? Regarding multimedia - we now have Gstreamer 0.10. This, and Totem, have generated much angst on the development lists. I don't have much multimedia content to experiment with, but after installing all the Gstreamer plugins and support for encrypted DVDs, I had no problems playing anything from my small collection with the default players. The one exception was an IMA ADPCM encoded .wav file which stuttered horribly if you tried to seek through it. No matter, the command line tool 'Sox' converted it to Ogg/Vorbis, and Totem was happy again.

Our Kodak digital camera still works - no regressions there, as do HDD Camcorders. But this is no surprise as both are just USB mass storage. The CD/DVD burner built into Nautilus functions the same way the native Windows burner does. It has received a small face lift, but I still don't like it. So far, I have failed to find an intuitive way of using it. It requires having at least two Nautilus windows open. One to display the burning folder, and one for dragging/dropping. Also, you cannot easily see how much space the items dragged into it are taking up. However, it is easy to change the behaviour of Ubuntu's 'create data CD' button to launch something else. Like GnomeBaker or K3B. I have done this, and am content.

Openoffice is still Openoffice. Not as 'feature complete' as Microsoft Office, sure, but I don't think it needs to be. It has handled everything I've asked of it so far, and I ask a lot more than your casual home user. The Gimp has just about weaned me off my Photoshop addiction. The updated applications in Dapper do not reveal, to casual inspection, any more features than in 5.10. I do not have a microphone, and thus have not tried Ekiga – the replacement for Gnomemeeting.

At first blush, that's about the extent of it. This may disappoint a few people - but it makes sense when you consider that the vision for Ubuntu’s Dapper release is 'polish'. The confluence of Openoffice 2, Firefox 1.5 and Gnome 2.14 provides a powerful synergy. The culmination of years of hard effort seem to have come to a head, and the Dapper release of Ubuntu aims to stitch them into a powerful, cohesive system that will age gracefully over its three year desktop cycle. So no, we should not expect to see Great New Things in Dapper. That is not what this release is about. But if our expectations are suitably flexible, if we can be content with Breezy, but better, there is no reason not to be pleased with Dapper as it currently stands.

Digging Deeper

But under the surface, there are some new things. A huge community effort has managed to squeeze the Network Manager into Dapper, easing the woes of many wireless users, and bringing easy configuration of WPA networks within reach. Plus, Gnome has been compiled with support for Beagle. Beagle is not yet in the 'Main' repositories, but if you install it many applications will be aware of it, and use it to assist their searches.

We must try Xgl. Sure, it doesn't do anything we haven't seen done better on a Mac. Also, we have the root window. We can rip open Fluxbox and run the GLMatrix screensaver as our background. How's that for eye candy, eh? E17 can pull similar tricks, too. But I detect a deeply rooted fear, disguised most often as a blunt arrogance, that people would rather be playing solitaire in a window with a translucent title bar than actually working in one without.

And so... Xgl and Compiz packages have been included in Dapper. They work, too, so long as you have a supported video card. Installation is not much harder than apt-getting a couple of packages, copy-pasting some text from the HOWTO into your GDM configuration file, and hitting Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.

Your windows will wobble! So will your little tool-tips, and menus. There will be fading, and drop-shadows, and you will rejoice! You may also become thoroughly annoyed. Especially as a bug now causes 'Shift+Backspace' to kill your X session. On the other hand, there are some generally useful enhancements. Inspired by MacOSX, you can hit 'F12' view all your open windows at once, and bring one to the foreground with a single click. That much, at least, is very useful – even if the wobble is not.

There is now an 'example-content' package. I'll be honest, I don't know if the install CD will advertise its presence. But it is there, in /usr/share/example-content, and the Live CD places a symlink to the folder on the desktop. It contains a few tasteful wallpapers (gone post Flight6), Openoffice documents, PDFs and media samples. A treasure-trove of 'click and discover'. None of it is particularly useful, except as demonstrations of what can be done with Openoffice. And proof that Dapper can really can play media files - despite Totem's often unhelpful error messages.

Happily Ever After

I like Ubuntu. I just do. There's a simplicity about it that appeals. Every successive release adds an additional layer of abstraction between the user and the 'plumbing'. While some might pass this off as soft-hearted pandering to a demographic that was never meant to use Linux in the first place, 'Debian for the Lazy', there is a gentle delight in taking a smooth, working OS and working your way down into its innards.

We already have a vast number of distributions that require you to stack up bricks until you have built yourself the personalised desktop of your dreams. Those who build from the base up will learn more than those who do not. But I estimate a great many more people would be willing, or encouraged, to dig down. To take a curious peek under the hood, and nip, tuck and tweak to their liking.

So it is no disservice to the Open Source community to make software simple and easily configurable, as long the inner workings are never more than a command-prompt away. Those less inclined to poke and prod within do not have to, aside from installing a few non-free codecs... Flash... Java... Ndiswrapper... Maybe wrestling with some hardware demons if they are unlucky. Okay, so pre-configured distributions like Mepis and PCLinuxOS make this a little easier. But there is an energy and vitality behind the Ubuntu community, almost evangelistic in its fervour, that is hard not to absorb. Only the most hardened and bitter hackers would not wish, in at least one ventricle of their hearts, a little success upon Ubuntu. And, little by little, it is getting there.

Dapper won't blow your socks off... but rest assured, the hooks are going in, and slowly, slowly, release after release, something truly spectacular is being created.

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Comments about this article
writen by: Fredd Splatt on 2006-04-14 05:33:24
Ubuntu is better for most users because it provides decent help files, which are reasonably up to date and tell you clearly, if a little succinctly what you need to do to get the distro to perform as you want it to. Then there is the Unofficial guide which tells you a few more things. Then comes Automatix, or Easy Ubuntu, to do the set-up for you; and you wind up with a box which is productive. The problem for an average user is trying to sort the wheat from the chaff when trying to achieve something such as automount, ie plug in any usb device and get an icon on the desktop. I googled for a week, installed a heap of programs and got nowhere. Ubuntu may not be the *best* Linux but it seems to suit the average user. Fredd
RE: Dapper written by Fredd Splatt:
writen by: steph on 2006-04-14 08:47:52
I think there is no "best" linux distribution but you just have to find whitch one suits the best to your way of thinking, I'm totally devoted to fedora...
RE: dapper written by steph:
writen by: anon on 2006-04-14 15:45:27
When did Shift+Backspace killing the X server become a bug? Seriously, I thought I saw this in some documentation once, and have been using it as a "feature" when I want to get out of X fast or it gives me grief for a long time now (on gentoo, ubuntu, redhat). Ah well. Ubuntu is nice though.
RE: Shift+Backspace? written by anon:
I love Ubuntu too :D
writen by: ZephyrXero on 2006-04-14 16:26:27
When I first got into Linux, and more importantly...open source in general, a couple years, ago I got off to a pretty rough start. At the time, I had just built a new computer, and most distributions were still running the 2.4 kernel which did not support my SATA hard drive. So I started things off with Slackware (who had 2.6 available), but utterly hated it and went back to Windows for a while. Then I decided to really take the plunge and do a Gentoo install. I really liked it at first, but eventually felt overwhelmed with all the upkeep and manual configurations I had to do. I loved the idea of choice, but too much choice can be bad as well. I tried the first Ubuntu (Warty) when it came out, and felt like it definitely had promise, but it just wouldn't cut if for me at the time, so I went back to gentoo and portage. When Hoary came out I gave Ubuntu another shot, and slowly but surely fell in love. As much as I loved the idea of choice that open source and Linux presented to me, sometimes I wanted the choice of being lazy and just letting my system take care of itself without bothering me, and this is where Ubuntu's greatest strength lies. The other great thing about Ubuntu is it's forums. When I was a Gentoo user I felt offput by the elitests that inhabbited it's famously informational forums, and when I went to the Ubuntu forums I actually felt welcomed. Ubuntu may not be very different than lots of other distros, but the little things here and there add up to make it far supperior for most users (ie...most of the people who are still trapped in Windows land). I've been testing Dapper since Flight 2 in Feburary, and have had very few problems so far...it's really shaping up to be an excelent release. :D
RE: I love Ubuntu too :D written by ZephyrXero:
Excellent review
writen by: tmb_ayebe on 2006-04-14 16:56:55
I just wanted to say that this review was a breath of fresh air for me. It was so good to get away from the technical specs for once and get a taste for how the distribution made the reviewer [i]feel[/i]. After all, we are all emotional creatures and if we're honest we all want a computing experience that makes us feel good. Sure, we'll back it up with logical arguments so we don't sound like sissies but I beleive that emotional responses lie at the heart of our choices. By focussing on what the distribution [i]means[/i] rather than what it [i]does[/i], Simon Gerber has done a superb job of showing us what makes Ubuntu unique.
RE: Excellent review written by tmb_ayebe:
pretty sure its not
writen by: Monty on 2006-04-15 00:38:46
Kubuntu for ppc finally works in live cd mode. Finally when OSX stops supporting the g3 300's, we will still have Kubuntu or Ubuntu. Breezy's didn't work, Dapper does. Nice. Also, pretty sure shift-backspace is how you reset the x server. Always has been. Nice article though.
RE: pretty sure its not written by Monty:
Do you mean ctrl+alt+backspace
writen by: sger on 2006-04-15 03:59:06
Just wondering if you meant ctrl+alt+backspace? That has always, and continues, to kill the X server. I was not aware of shift+backspace killing X, except after the installation of Xgl. I could be wrong, though
RE: Do you mean ctrl+alt+backspace written by sger:
Ubuntu and the Open Source Community
writen by: Raymond on 2006-04-15 10:54:50
I think that Ubuntu and the open source community in general have been the most innovative in the industry. I have also enjoyed Ubuntu and have recently fallen in love with Dapper & Xgl combo. Just can't get away from it. But as much as Ubuntu does it doesn't do everything. There are some special distros that are unique and definitely have a purpose that a general distro like ubuntu, fedora, and suse just don't provide. And also for general desktop use I would that definitely ubuntu shines but if you want to set up a server of some kind than I would use something like fedora and suse.
RE: Ubuntu and the Open Source Community written by Raymond:
Debian powered
writen by: Herve on 2006-04-15 11:09:36
At work, I use Kubuntu, but the servers run CentOS. What a difference! I had to install Ruby on Rails on both. - Kubuntu 6.06: sudo apt-get install rails - CentOS 4.2: compile latest ruby, compile latest gems, install rails using gems I could not believe my eyes! And the same went for PHPMyAdmin. Really, I always wanted to be part of the Debian-powered world, and do not regret it.
RE: Debian powered written by Herve:
Re: Shift+Backspace?
writen by: K-jo on 2006-04-15 14:28:02
The correct key combination for killing X is Ctrl-Alt-Backspace so therefor Shift-Backspace is definitely a bug/broken feature.
RE: Re: Shift+Backspace? written by K-jo:
Exceptional Article
writen by: gnumber9 on 2006-04-16 04:03:17
Awesome and entertaining! No boring screenshots of installation and desktop menus. Easy to read details of primary and some secondary points were all that was needed to explain Ubuntu Dapper. Curious about the tasteful wallpapers though. I don't know if I want to reinstall flight 5 just to see them. Maybe those screenshots woudn't have been so boring. Orange is my favorite colour!!!!! BTW former posters: Ctrl-Alt-Backspace kills an X session. I'm not sure about Ctrl-Backspace in Xgl, I've not used it yet.
RE: Exceptional Article written by gnumber9:
KUbuntu and MEPIS-6
writen by: GreyGeek on 2006-04-16 11:15:26
SimplyMEPIS 3.4.3 was built using Debian repositories. On 3/21/06 it was regenerated as SimplyMEPIS-6.0 but based on Ubuntu repositories because they are more stable. MEPIS is fameous for its automatic detection and installation of hardware. The ease with with Warren moved MEPIS to Ubuntu amazed many. It also raises the question as to the possibility of KUbuntu and MEPIS merging. What are the road blocks?
RE: KUbuntu and MEPIS-6 written by GreyGeek:
Re:Debian powered
writen by: Shamar on 2006-04-16 12:36:34
My experience was the other way around. I had to install Tomcat. With non package tools I download the jar and instaled it like a service (Previosly Kaffe/SunJDK were already working in my computer). The debian setup was fast: apt-get install tomcat, but my surprise came when the Instaler told me I need GUI libraries and X to run the tomcat server (a 500Kb jar file!!!). And debian makes what it wants with no advise at all. I wanted to create 3 different tomcat instances (one for production, other for backup production and a last one for development), but it's a nightmare trying to do so with debian install. So I stuck to install "critical" services manually, not having to trust the goodwill of any package mantainer. In the end if a service is going to run for years, it's not big deal spending 3 or 4 hours compiling from source and optimizing for the environment.
RE: Re:Debian powered written by Shamar:
Well, maybe
writen by: Jeff Hunter on 2006-04-17 01:12:17
I am not writing this to say that I feel any animosity towards Ubuntu or Linux...Ubuntu was my second distro, my first being Xandros (which I thought had too many problems). I feel that it has many easy-to-use features that will make it very good for the average user (as a computer tech, I feel I am qualified to say what an average user can do). However, in my situation, I found it rather frustrating, mostly because it did not perform the tasks the way I wanted. For example, I could not get Firefox to upgrade, all I managed to do was cause it to not open any more, and that was following, to the letter, the instructions that their wiki provided. I also found a bit of frustration in the copy of files, for I run a dual-boot with Windows, which I have thoughtfully left on FAT32 for just that reason. Other distros had no trouble copying files to and from my FAT32, but Ubuntu would only do it from a command promt using sudo or as root. There was no way to do it using the GUI, and as I am still learning, I felt that if I should have to bang my head against the wall there, I might as well be using an advanced distro like Gentoo. So, thus, I became frustrated and gave up, at least until Dapper Drake becomes officially released. Also, I have one gripe about the default security: to use sudo, you have to type in your own password again. Woo. Most other distros that I have tried ask for the root password, and even though I manually set the root password, it won't even accept it...it has to be my own. Why did I even set a root password, then?! The updater requires a password, again, your own. It askes for the root password, but if you type the root password, it will not accept it. This may be changing in Dapper Drake, though, but it still was a beef for me. Seemed like lazy security. Now, that being said, I do not think that Ubuntu is not ready for the desktop. I just don't think it is ready for me, or me ready for it. I am trying to learn Linux, and as I am the person who likes to know everything, and be able to do everything, I feel that Ubuntu holds back a bit too much here and there to keep me happy. Until I am more familiar with Linux at large, I will have issues with Ubuntu's working for the masses approach that seems to break what I want to do somehow. Once I am more comfortable, though, I think I will like it better...either that, or I will just go with an advanced distro like Gentoo or Slackware. Well, that is my two cents, anyway.
RE: Well, maybe written by Jeff Hunter:
deeply in love ;-)
writen by: bernstein on 2006-04-18 11:41:52
yeah, after five years of trying to switch to an oss-dirstro... trying suse, redhat, mandriva, suse, debian, simplymepis, fedora, gentoo, suse (again)... and every time going back to windows 98 / 2k and even XP i finally managed to switch with ubuntu 6.06alpha. not because its somehow better than the other distros, its because of its combination of ease of use, just works, polish and the superb ubuntu forum/wiki... and i still can't believe its still alpha!!! granted, i had never many troubles with windows (since xp its rocksolid - at least to me) but ubuntu is as stable in alpha stage!!
RE: deeply in love ;-) written by bernstein:
Great Job Guys
writen by: Allleeexxx on 2006-04-23 02:08:52
RE: Great Job Guys written by Allleeexxx:
to: Jeff Hunter
writen by: Jeffrey Silverman on 2006-05-02 21:11:21
Try MEPIS. All of the not-power-user oriented problemns you mention regarding Ubuntu are niot there in MEPIS. MEPIS is better than Ubuntu, I've always said. MEPIS does everything Ubuntu does, and does it better.
RE: to: Jeff Hunter written by Jeffrey Silverman:
you should just ask
writen by: mat on 2006-05-21 16:41:51
As with any technology, you have to learn to use Ubuntu a bit, just as I bet you had to learn that "king-of-user-friendliness-or-at-least-everyone-beleives-that-for-some-reason" windows. The Ubuntu developers are good, but they are not clairvoiant. In the case of copying files from your windows as a normal user, this has to do with the permissions of the mount point. If you ask the question of how to do it on the forums I bet you get a quick responce. As for the sudo thing: It is not sloppy security it is a security feature: ubuntu takes a different approach than most other distros. The first user you create is the "admin" user, in essence Ubuntu's way to allow users (the human kind) to do root tasks from a easy GUI (since you should never log into a GUI environment as root) without running *everything* in that graphical environment as root. The fact that the priviledged user has to put his own password in to execute those sudo tasks is a *feature* that prevents other programs being run on the same account from executing arbitrary code with root access (which is what makes windows such a security problem). If it makes you nervous to run as the "first user" (there is debate on weather you should be), then simply add another user without sysadmin rights and use that one for every day use and only use your first user to do updates. Alternatively, if you ask on the forums people will tell you how to activate a full login with root, and you will never need to put your pwd into another dialogue box. Ubuntu will let you get your hands dirty as much as want-- just today I compiled xine and kaffeine from cvs, and it worked perfectly (until I accidentally filled my root partition compiling amaroK-- be sure you have some extra space if you ever want to compile anything!). If you really don't like it, might I suggest OpenSuSE as a nice alternative?
RE: you should just ask written by mat:
Login as Root
writen by: Madhujit on 2006-06-21 12:27:57
I'm completely new to Linux..I got attracted to Dapper Drake because the interface looks so good. I have not done an install yet. Tell me, Is there any way to login as root using the live CD? That is so that i can edit files in my hard drive, and save them there.. It works perfectly with my Pen Drive, But I have Read only access to my hard drive. I am sorry that i am contributing nothing...but then I am a neophyte
RE: Login as Root written by Madhujit:
writen by: al on 2006-10-16 21:50:18
RE: geek written by al:
writen by: al on 2006-10-16 21:51:34
RE: geek written by al:
Ubuntu Stargate
writen by: Ashrael on 2006-12-01 06:23:52
Ububtu acted like a stargate for me! All I needed was being able to dig down, it made linux accessible to me. It just worked out of the box, no need to study for hours upon hours to get it to work (I just don't have the time). Now I can open up the hood whenever I have time, and learn on a working system! I love ubuntu!
RE: Ubuntu Stargate written by Ashrael:
writen by: zulu11 on 2006-12-12 07:10:03
I came across this article whilst trying to find what it is that mepis offers over ubuntu. One problem with mepis for me is that I fired up the language support, it appeared to offer support for any language, and any flavour of English so long as it was the U.S. variant of English. No other languages :-( I may have missed something here (I often do) but mepis does not appear to support Arabic, Thai, Russian, Japanese, English-British, in fact the remainder of the planet but for the U.S. Can this be true? Anyway, all languages are supported in Ubuntu, so it's Ubuntu for me and good-bye MSWindows.
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