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If you have not tried the amazing Ubuntu 7.10 version (also called Gutsy Gibbon) then you have missed an experience.
Installing an operating system could not get any simpler.

All you have to do is
1) go to their website
2) Type in your mailing address and request for CDs of Ubuntu 7.10 ( also called Gutsy Gibbon). Ubuntu will ship the CDs for free (they will not even charge you for postage/handling)
3) Insert the CD into your machine and boot it.

The entire OS (along with all its packages) can be run directly from the CD and requires no installation. If you like the Operating system then you can opt to install it (it takes 5 minutes) else all you have to do is remove the CD and your machine would be back to normal.

The entire interface is fast and simple and does not occupy much space. You can upgrade the kernel, install/remove software without any REBOOT. It comes with pre-installed Open Office (so you do not have to pay for Microsoft Office), Firefox. So essentially you can be up and running in 10 minutes.

Simple isn’t it? Hence no wonder that its logo also says “Linux for Humans”

Cons:
Although it looks and feels like a Linux, regular users of Fedora /Red-Hat might find it real hard to get used to. Primarily because its command line interface is not very strong, the scripts and the usual commands are either not there or are under a different name.

PS: If anybody from Bangalore has any trouble in getting their hands on the CD, they can always drop by and use my CDs.

8 replies on “Ubuntu”

> Primarily because its command line interface is not very strong, the scripts
> and the usual commands are either not there or are under a different name.

Can you give me an example of this? I used Ubuntu for more than 1.5 years, and I never felt that, it lacked any feature. By the way, if you do not know, there are two kinds of linux versions. In one version (redhat, suse, mandrake etc.), the packages are rpm. In another version (debian, ubuntu, gentoo etc.), the packages are deb. Because of this, there are little different steps in installing softwares etc. But, overall, I don’t see any major difference.

@satish
//In one version (redhat, suse, mandrake etc.), the packages are rpm. In another version (debian, ubuntu, gentoo etc.), the packages are deb. Because of this, there are little different steps in installing softwares etc. But, overall, I don’t see any major difference.//
probably that is the reason… all my scripts were designed for fedora/red hat distribution…. so the moment i installed ubuntu all the scripts broke 🙁

gentoo is kinda great but the problems are support

u need to be a linux geek to manage compiling it properly iv a friend who sits 2+ nights settin it up on his box
ubuntu is relatively simpler and well integratred

i agree its interface is much simpler…
but its just that i am so much used to fedora.. that i am getting a lot of buttery fingers.
however i love the fact that i can run ubuntu without installation/formatting the disk

Yeah,…it’s great for people like me who don’t want to install it on their OP and can still use all the features. It does become a little slow though…depends upon your RAM.

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