I want to to share with you my experience with new shiny UBUNTU. UBUNTU is Linux distributions of operating system which actually launched its latest version on June 1. 2006. The new release is titled Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Linux has fable of a system which is hard and to install and manage even for geekers. This new version of UBUNTU show us that it’s not true at all. Installation run first like a live cd(system running from CD). So, we have a chance to see if the system will work on our computer and try how it works in basic configuration without need to install it on our harddrive. Because the live version run totally smooth I did not see reason why not install this system on my computer. I continued via shortcut on the desktop and launched installation. After 20 minutes I got system installed and ready to use :) In basic installation you can find programes such as Firefox, OpenOffice 2, Evolution e-mail client, Gimp(image editor) Totem video player and many many more. System provided wide range of programs which are sufficient for most common users as much that they probably don’t need to install any other program on it. If someone really need some specific program then UBUNTU offer him Package manager that give him access to multi universe library of free programs. It let us easily download and install “whatever” we need beginning with famous Thunderbird email client continuing with sound, video and 3D programs not speaking about web server etc. I couldn’t resist and after few minutes I installed XGL graphic option which liquefy my windows and give variety of fancy tricks in to my user interface. Because I need to work bit more professional and I like simple design, I decide to uninstall XGL & install last NVidia drivers. In this case help me people from UBUNTU forum, particularly this excellent script which does everything perfectly. New UBUNTU Installation work excellent and only problem I have now is set up video drivers for multi monitor use.
If you are interested to use a new system, because you are either bored of neverendless fight with viruses or because you are looking for free program solution for your ideas, UBUNTU is right choice.
my hardware configuration:
Sony Vaio VGN-FS395VP, 512RAM, Pentium M Processor 740, Geforce go 6400 32 MB DDR – Up to 128 MB shared
full hardware specification