[SATLUG] Ubuntu first impressions

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 10:54:19 CDT 2011


You should download and run the live CD version of 11.04 (Beta 2) Natty
Narwhal...loving the new Unity interface.

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On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:

> After the meeting on Wednesday, I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my system.
>
> The DVD booted fine and the install started.  I was allowed to specify
> where I wanted to install and I created a new partition (sda16) for it.
> There was a choice about where to install a bootloader and I chose sda16.
>
>  After about 1-15 minutes, the DVD tray ejected and I got a full screen of
> error messages that seemed to relate to the DVD.  I had no choice but to
> power-cycle the system.
>
> I tried again with the same results.
>
> On the third try, I told it to install the bootloder to /dev/sda and this
> time, even though I got the same error messages at the end of the install,
> the new system was available to me upon boot.  It did destroy the nice
> custom grub configuration that I had.  Luckily, I made a backup because I
> suspected they would do that to me.
>
> Getting used to the software installer took me a little time just because I
> wasn't used to it, but it seems to work well.  The selection of packages is
> very good.
>
> I was able to reconfigure the network connection to use a static IP address
> with little problem (DHCP is not very good if you want to ssh into a
> system).
>
> The video configuration was OK.  I don't really care for the look and feel
> of Gnome, but that is not a Ubuntu specific problem.  I did load some KDE
> packages, but in my opinion the KDE4 look is not as clean as KDE3.
>
> The startup sequence uses upstart instead of sysvinit and that seems like
> it is overly complicated to me.  Many of the start scripts are links to
> /lib/init/upstart-job.  That's only a 73 line script, but it seems like an
> unnecessary complication to me.
>
> I had to specifically install vim.  The default was to old plain vi and
> that is much more inconvenient.  The install was straight forward though.
>
> Overall, if you are installing this distro as the only OS on your system,
> it is probably fine.  The criticisms I have are primarily those that affect
> a more advanced user and some personal look and feel issues.
>
> I think many will like this distro a lot.
>
>  -- Bruce
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