Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ubuntu 6.06 is out!

Oooooooooooooooh yeah!

The best and brightest of Linux distributions got better.

Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linux distribution that is aimed at the average joe. From my experience, I would guess that it can be used without a shell for the average desktop. Laptop is another story, especially because that WPA is not well supported just yet.

I upgraded my laptop and I have to work out a few issues regarding the wireless connection. I tested the Live CD on my roomate's computer and it was doing an OK job (except for the sound that was not detected. Is it a missing driver in the LiveCD?). I have yet to test the installation procedure.

One thing I can comment, besides the improved software, is that the whole thing looks sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. A lot of the typical open-source uglyness is gone.

They still have the policy of frozen software versions, which is annoying to me (but I'm not a typical user... I could be fit for the debian testing or unstable, really). This means that they freeze a functional version of the software in their repository and will release update only on major issues (typically security fixes). There is a lot of wisdom in it ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it"), but that's not my 'cutting edge' style.

Anyway. Get yourself the Desktop livecd by Bittorrent and try it!

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