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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

By Jeremy LaCroix on October 25, 2007 (9:00:00 AM)

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Canonical this month released Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon. Like the Feisty Fawn release before it, Gutsy is a bleeding-edge distribution with a focus on new features and the newest free software applications. It's a speedy operating system with great new features and only a few minor issues.

Ubuntu comes in three main flavors. Ubuntu features GNOME as its desktop, Kubuntu uses KDE, and Xubuntu ships with Xfce. Other derivatives of Ubuntu include Gobuntu, which contains only free software and no closed source elements, and Edubuntu, which was designed for use in classrooms.

All three main flavors of Gutsy feature the same installation methods as earlier versions. You can boot Ubuntu as a live CD that includes a graphical installer, or set it up via an alternate installation CD, which allows for advanced options during a text-mode install. With version 7.10 there is now an option to encrypt your hard disk during the installation when using the alternate CD. The live CD installer is probably the easiest operating system install program I've ever used.

Powering my test machine is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor, an Nvidia 7300GT video card, and 2GB of RAM. Anyone with standard hardware and around 256MB of memory should have no problem running Gutsy.

I installed the 64-bit release of Gutsy. As with the previous release, installing a binary video card driver to enable hardware acceleration on my machine was a breeze. When you start Ubuntu for the first time, the Restricted Driver Manager will inform you if a binary driver is available, and you can install it if you wish. Ubuntu detected my Nvidia GeForce 7300GT immediately. After I enabled it and rebooted my machine, I was able to take advantage of the full power of my video card.

In 7.10 Ubuntu automatically enables Compiz Fusion, which allows for 3-D candy, providing the video card installed in the system supports hardware acceleration out of the box. If not, then Ubuntu will enable the effects automatically the next time the computer is started with a binary driver installed. The 3-D effects come in two levels: Normal, the default, which enables only some effects (such as compositing, shadows, and animated minimizing) in order to keep the used resources at a minimal level, and Extra, which allows for the most effects (such as window wobbling, animated workspace switching, and transparency). Compiz Fusion offers a few usability enhancements, such as being able to scroll through your workspaces with your mouse wheel. I don't feel that the effects are worth the extra hit on system resources, so I usually keep them turned off. Surprisingly, even with desktop effects enabled, performance while playing 3-D games on my system didn't seem to drop.

When it comes to games, I installed Neverball, Frozen Bubble, Tux Racer, Chromium and Doom 3 and each worked as expected. Doom 3 actually ran a bit faster on Gutsy than it did on Feisty.

The core installation of Ubuntu 7.10 this time around includes a user switching tool that you will see on your taskbar. This is useful if you have more than one person using the system. With just a few clicks and a password entry, you can use the machine without logging off the current user. The Tracker search tool, which indexes your files for faster searching, is also included by default.

Ubuntu's installation of Firefox was been given some new features, especially aimed at easing the installation of add-ons and plugins. I tried to view a Flash-enabled Web site without having the Flash plugin installed, and Ubuntu offered to download and install it for me. In previous versions, I had to do this by hand when I use the 64-bit version, where some common plugins are not available. Firefox not only installed the Flash plugin, it also installed nspluginwrapper as well, which is a wrapper that allows a 32-bit Flash plugin to work within a 64-bit browser. This all worked without a hitch, and in just a few minutes and mouse clicks, I was up and running with a 64-bit Firefox and 32-bit Flash plugin. In addition, a new option, Get Ubuntu Addons, has been added to Firefox's Add-ons window. This new feature allows you to use APT within Firefox to download commonly used plugins such as Adblock and Tabextensions.

Ubuntu bundles GNOME 2.20, the latest version. New GNOME-specific features include a backup feature for Evolution, a way to leave messages for a user in gnome-screensaver when a screen is locked, syntax highlighting in gedit, and a consolidation of the various theme options into a new applet called Appearance. GNOME 2.20 is the fastest version of GNOME I've used yet.

Security has also been stepped up in this release. All three main flavors of Ubuntu now include AppArmor, a security framework implementation designed to make your computer more secure. The developers' goal was to make this framework transparent to the user, and they seem have succeeded, since I didn't notice it was there. AppArmor works in the background, restricting applications' access to certain components of the operating system in case one gets hijacked.

On the down side

Unfortunately, Ubuntu 7.10 is not without its share of glitches, some minor and some major. For example, Rhythmbox sometimes plays music marred by static, and other times a speaker or two may stop working for no apparent reason. With Amarok, I did not have those issues. Even though this bug was reported before Gutsy was released, it's still resident in the final version. A recommended "fix" for this bug was to lower the main volume slider to anything other than 100%, but this did not fix the issue for me.

Another minor problem I ran into was an extra folder being saved in my home directory every time I created a launcher on my GNOME desktop. The folder was named "file:" and seemed to have no apparent purpose. I reported this bug before Gutsy was released, but it's still a problem in my freshly installed system.

In addition, after a few reboots, the user switcher tool refused to load, forcing me to to remove it in order to stop it from displaying various error messages. This problem seemed to happen after I installed the binary driver for my video card.

Finally, the official Ubuntu Forum is full of messages from users with Nvidia cards who are suffering from random freezes. This bug is not one that the Ubuntu developers missed, because it's a bug with a closed source driver. Regardless, this glitch does somewhat hurt the reputation of an otherwise solid release. I would have preferred that the developers shipped an older version of the driver while Nvidia works out the bugs. If you plan to install Gutsy, check the official forum first to see if there are any known issues with your card.

While I did experience a few glitches, the new features of Ubuntu 7.10 outweighed them for me. It's not a perfect release, and it does feel somewhat rushed, but it is a step in the right direction that will ultimately lead to a more stable long-term support release this spring. This version of the famous distribution runs like a champ on my machine, faster than any previous release, with a plethora of new features that are sure to please novice and advanced users alike.

Jeremy LaCroix is an IT technician who writes in his free time.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is out-standing

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.23.80.178] on October 25, 2007 12:13 PM
yeah, but I couldn't make it to play 5.1 sound, and had to manualy install 'xserver-xgl' or something like this to make compiz work on ATI card... so I switched to Mandriva where all speakers are "working".

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is out-standing

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 01:44 PM
The volume sliders seem to be hidden. I had to unhide some of them to get that to work. I didn't mention it in my article because I've had to do that for a long time on my Audigy card. What kind of card do you have?

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is out-standing

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.181.181.15] on October 25, 2007 02:12 PM
... ATI FGLRX 8.42.3 Supports AIGLX and Compiz Fusion works fine on my Debian/SID.

BTW: The XGL Package in Ubuntu is outdated, has been built for X.Org 7.1

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 195.202.72.22] on October 25, 2007 12:34 PM
How did you install Doom 3? I have been looking for the Linux installed but can't get my hands on a working download.

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 01:39 PM
I followed the guide below. It's never failed me from Edgy to present. If you have any questions send me an email or post here and I'd be happy to help you get it running.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Doom3
[Modified by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 08:40 AM]

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 66.163.131.239] on October 25, 2007 05:50 PM
Get it from ID Software, the official site.

http://zerowing.idsoftware.com/linux/doom/

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KUbuntu 7.10 isn't so outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.168.72.59] on October 25, 2007 01:36 PM
Its really hard to tell whats new in Kubuntu. Dolphin is the new default file manager, which is getting old quickly. Strigi search seems OK but isn't on (indexing) by default, even if running in the tray -- makes for some frustration when looking for files that you know are somewhere!

Backend schmackend, it would have been nice to see something new and gutsy in the distro itself. Ah, well, at least we got KDE on our side ;)

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Re: KUbuntu 7.10 isn't so outstanding

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 01:42 PM
For the most part I agree with you, mainly because it seems Ubuntu gets all the love and Kubuntu users didn't seem to be as lucky.

Bring on KDE4!!!
[Modified by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 08:43 AM]

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Re(1): KUbuntu 7.10 isn't so outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.136.109.60] on October 25, 2007 04:58 PM
AFAIK, KDE4 won't officially make it into Kubuntu until at least the release after Hardy Heron LTS.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding and Fluxbuntu for old machines!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 201.24.67.248] on October 25, 2007 02:01 PM

Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding and Fluxbuntu for old machines!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.105.79.243] on October 25, 2007 03:24 PM
Did you mean the home page? There is no download available. Just an empty directory following the link to download.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.0.59] on October 25, 2007 03:33 PM
For desktop usage Ubuntu 7.1 is fine. But for laptops is sucks, although not as bad since WPA started being supported out of the box.

- Won't suspend to disk or ram on my Latitude D820.
- Won't display on flat panel hooked to my Dell docking station.
-Support for syncing to my Treo stinks and zero other PDA phones are supported.

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.33.214.39] on October 25, 2007 04:34 PM
I also have a D820, but suspend, hibernate and resume all work great for me. After the upgrade I had to make sure I wasn't loading vesafb module as it did cause suspend to fail. I have an nvidia card and my setup from feisty using nvidia twin view still works for displaying to an external monitor. Not sure about syncing to PDA, I dont have one to try.

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Re(1): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.168.0.59] on October 25, 2007 11:09 PM
I will set it to not load the vesafb module and see if that works. I would love to have a copy of your xorg.conf if you have twin view working on an external montior. Are you working with an external monitor plugged into the video port on the back of the computer or a docking station? I have heard that the two different methods give differing results.

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Re(2): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 149.117.164.28] on November 02, 2007 10:18 PM
Saw your post about gutsy and dell docking station.
Below is part of my xorg that I am using with a Dell M65 and docking station with a Dell 2001FP (using the digital port).
Hope it is of some value.
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Section "Monitor"
# HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "LPL"
HorizSync 30.0 - 75.0
VertRefresh 60.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "Quadro NVS 110M"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "TwinView" "1"
# Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: 1440x900 +0+0, DFP-1: 1600x1200 +1440+0; DFP-0: 800x600 +0+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +800+0; DFP-0: 640x480 +0+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +640+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

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Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 169.233.25.226] on October 25, 2007 03:46 PM
Next time, post some benchmarks or screenshots. Another two minutes of my life wasted on Linux.com

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Re: Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 216.114.182.34] on October 25, 2007 04:26 PM
"Another two minutes of my life wasted on Linux.com"

Well think of it this way....The two minutes you spent here, won't be the same two minutes your girlfriend usually complains about!

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Re(1): Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 169.233.25.226] on October 25, 2007 07:03 PM
The two minutes you spent here, won't be the same two minutes your girlfriend usually complains about!

Ah, "girlfriend." I see another PFY hath joined the Linux.com frenzy.

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Re(2): Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 196.13.225.150] on October 26, 2007 10:25 AM
Hahaha spot on, I'm sure.

Oh the sweet memories of reading BOFH for the first time...

I'm sure most of us are MWC by now.

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Re: Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 06:03 PM
I did in fact include screenshots. I'm not sure however why they weren't included. Benchmarks are not necessary as my benchmarks would mean nothing to other people running different hardware. If I was reviewing a video card, I'd be inclined to include benchmarks.

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Re(1): Benchmarks and screenshots?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 169.233.25.226] on October 25, 2007 07:04 PM
Otherwise
Doom 3 actually ran a bit faster on Gutsy than it did on Feisty.
is just BS.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.160.235.43] on October 25, 2007 04:15 PM
<quote> As with the previous release, installing a binary video card driver to enable hardware acceleration on my machine was a <breeze. [...] Ubuntu detected my Nvidia GeForce 7300GT immediately. After I enabled it and rebooted my machine, I was able to take advantage of the full power of my video card. <quote>

Since when do one need to REBOOT after loading a module on linux? Is Ubuntu going down the way to "New hardware has been detected - Please reboot your system for changes to take effect"?

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.33.214.39] on October 25, 2007 04:36 PM
Sure it is possible to just load the module and restart X but I'm guessing it was just easier for Ubuntu to force you to reboot. If you are aware of how to do it just load the module and restart X manually.

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Re(1): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.160.224.247] on October 25, 2007 08:20 PM
Let alone that I was asked again to reboot even after restarting X, asking to reboot may be the easyest for Ubuntu, but it is just wrong.

This way they import windows flaws into the linux world, and configure their distro so that newbies learn nothing, or even learn wrong things.

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Re(1): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 12.169.163.241] on October 26, 2007 03:34 AM
Lots of config tools know how to load modules themselves. Except in Ubuntu, apparently.

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 06:06 PM
No offense, but that's an extremely trivial complaint. No one chooses distributions based on whether or not it has to be rebooted after installing a video driver. You can of course restart your X Server for the changes to take effect. However, Ubuntu isn't going to ask you to do so as it's intended for beginners. Restarting the system works too. IMHO, if you don't have time to spend two minutes rebooting your system, you probably have bigger problems to worry about.
[Modified by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 01:07 PM]

[Modified by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 01:08 PM]

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Re(1): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 84.160.224.247] on October 25, 2007 08:17 PM
Having to reboot just for loading a driver is a good reason indeed to ditch a distro.
Being aimed at beginners is no reason to teach them wrong things.
On a linux system you DON?T reboot for loading a driver, and ubuntu should ask to restart X, not to reboot (so that your beginner learns something about the system just been installed). Having beginners find a comfortable environment doesn't mean importing Windows flaws...
By the way I did try myelf to just restart X, and when it restarted I got the message again to reboot.

And using my two minutes (which I do have) to get things done rather than waiting for a rebooting is one of the reasons to use linux...

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Re(2): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: jlacroix on October 25, 2007 09:54 PM
No offense, but I still stand by my opinion. Ditching a distro for something as silly as having to reboot to install a driver (which you only have to do once, for crying out loud) is just plain silly.

Ubuntu isn't importing Windows flaws. Windows needs to be rebooted after almost every update, and it reminds you every five minutes. Ubuntu is nowhere near like that, the only other time it needs to be rebooted is when the kernel is changed, in which case you'd have to reboot regardless of what distro you're using.

As far as "getting things done", when you're installing hardware in your computer, especially a video card, you shouldn't be working on any productivity items anyway, so rebooting shouldn't be an issue.

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Re(3): Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 64.169.2.25] on February 02, 2008 06:00 AM
OK, I have never used this operating system before, I now have windows 2000 sp4. I downloaded the installation onto my desktop and I would like to install it. What is going to happen when I fire it up for the very first time? Is it like windows? Will my computer still work? Will my wireless connection work? Can I use aol? Can I still use my high speed broad band? Who or where will I get support? As you can tell, I have lots of questions, should I just install and figure it out? Thanks.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.80.34.124] on October 25, 2007 04:49 PM
I don't know the command to load modules and usually reboot to load them. if I needed to load modules a lot I guess I would learn the command. Since it happens infrequently and quite often requires a specific kernel designed for the module it's easiest to reboot. Now that Xen and ATI drivers are included in the kernel reboots are less necessary for me.

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Re: Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 99.246.7.250] on October 25, 2007 08:58 PM
sudo modprobe 'module name'

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.87.198.143] on October 25, 2007 05:32 PM
There are quite a lot of complaints on the forum about networking problems new to 7.10, where the computer thinks it's connected but isn't.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is flawed

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 83.72.129.159] on October 25, 2007 06:32 PM
I can especially outline the tracker indexing daemon. It is so buggy it can't even be called beta. It should have been off by default at least. There is also some annoying errors like my X freezing for half a minute when I hit the shut down button. Rest of my complaints are just minor glitches (but still bugs).

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.176.18.158] on October 25, 2007 07:06 PM
WPA isn't supported out of the box on Kubuntu. I have an Intel Pro card and the only option available was wep. So if somebody could direct me to a solution to this problem I would appreciate it. Otherwise it seems like a solid release, definitely going in the right direction. Another thing: is it necessary to recompile amarok to get a creative zen player working?

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Re: WPA Support

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.105.79.243] on October 26, 2007 01:23 AM
I believe the Networking Tool from K-Menu, it only gives the WEP option.

Try this:

If you see the KNetwork Manager in the system tray, try to right-click, then select your wireless access point. It will pop up a dialog where you can enter the passphrase for WPA

At least that how I remember it since I am not on Kubuntu box to check.

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Re(1): WPA Support

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 70.176.18.158] on October 30, 2007 12:10 AM
Thanks. I actually wanted to try out the gnome desktop and it worked out of the box (and before i saw your reply).

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Fix those bugs for 8.04 LTS

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.19.34.181] on October 25, 2007 07:23 PM
Ubuntu 7.10 is a nice step forward for usability. A lot of things are just easier. . . installation of codecs and plugins, finding and configuring printers, use of 3D effects, etc. BUT (you knew this part was coming, didn't you?) the bugs are mounting, right and left, on the 6 month release schedule. Devs just don't have the time to fix bugs as they are busy pushing features ahead (some of which have many bugs that aren't fixed--read launchpad or the forums for proof) for the next release. Since the next release is LTS (usually, more like Debian Stable, featuring long-term support), it would be helpful if 8.04 had fewer new features and way more bug fixes. --AC

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Gibbon Not So Great

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 67.126.250.162] on October 25, 2007 11:20 PM
Hmmm, I wouldn't know if 7.10 was outstanding or not - on the two machines I wanted to install it, I had issues. The first should've been a no-brainer - P4 3.0GHz, 1GB RAM, nVidia 8600GT, 80GB PATA, Intel D101GG motherboard (Radeon Xpress chipset). Feisty worked great on this machine, but Gutsy wouldn't install, instead hanging the system hard.
Second install was for an HP dx2250 with Athlon 64 X2 4000, 2GB RAM, and SATA DVD and HD. No dice - won't even load the desktop. I kind of expected this, as it seems, for whatever reason, that SATA is a dealbreaker for some reason. Disappointing, to say the least.

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Re: Gibbon Not So Great

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.142.17.211] on November 30, 2007 05:28 PM
Mmm - wish I'd read this before buying the same machine. Did you find any solution?

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 203.142.64.10] on October 26, 2007 01:29 AM
I must disable the AHCI on my T61, because If I enable that the boot processes stop. also the wireless with my atheros card seems unstable... other than that It seems works just fine.

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I think you're high off your ass...

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.16.40.6] on October 26, 2007 04:39 AM
...or the word "quality lost its meaning.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding? Hardly!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.218.19.31] on October 26, 2007 05:04 AM
Outstanding? After installing the 64 bit version to my Acer 5050 laptop, sound didn't work and the Atheros based wifi wasn't detected.

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I agree with you

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 68.127.234.137] on October 26, 2007 05:49 AM
I recently installed 7.10 on my laptop.. and it is amazing. Compiz runs so much faster than with 7.04, and there seems to be a lot less problems with suspend. Keep going Ubuntu team!

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 125.164.99.255] on October 26, 2007 09:53 AM
Nice review of Gutsy. I like it. I haven't make review like this on <a href="http://linuxmini.blogspot.com/">my blog</a> yet. Keep on this, bro!

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Ubuntu 7.10 is a bit buggy

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 12.193.238.34] on October 26, 2007 03:21 PM
There is a critical bug in Gutsy in the resolution of the framebuffer:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/initramfs-tools/+bug/129910
and network-manager-gnome still doesn't support automatic connection to hidden ESSIDs:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/39707
Compiz-Fusion doesn't save correctly my session when gkrellm is on the desktop. I hope that since 8.04 will be LTS that it will have alll these bugs resolved.

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Not outstanding... getting worse

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.211.16.87] on October 26, 2007 05:39 PM
Is it my imagination or is this distribution getting worse with each new release? 5.10 rocked but everything since has been a disappointment. Tried 7.10 but installer hung under qemu and on my Dell 620 laptop. Googling eventually got it going on qemu but I never did get an image on my D620. OTOH, I was successful at overwriting a perfectly good and trouble free Fedora 6 install with 7.10 on my wife's laptop... much to her aggravation. Now her desktop locks up several times a day for no apparent reason and the wireless setup won't remember our ssid or wep key between boots. Tried the new user switch panel applet but it seg faulted and crashed several gnome services. Did anybody test this stuff?

7.10 looked impressive on paper, but it's useless to me if it won't install on qemu and commodity hardware without guru intervention and isn't stable once it does get on the machine. Unfortunately all the hype about Ubuntu as a 'doze alternative is likely give the struggling Linux desktop yet another kick in the pants when new users who expect it to be the "best of breed" end up falling over all this untested stuff.

I'll try 8.04 but my expectations won't be very high. In the meantime it's back to Fedoraland... my wife wants her FC6 desktop back.

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Re: Not outstanding... getting worse

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.217.68.242] on October 28, 2007 01:00 AM
FWIW, FC6 was pretty solid.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is Not outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 76.188.14.54] on October 28, 2007 01:47 AM
What is all the hype about this OS? It's just another generic linux distro!
Pclinux 2007 is loaded with many plugins and it even has the new Firefox!
If you really want to switch to Linux try Pclinux it has it all.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 208.122.65.245] on October 29, 2007 01:16 PM
no its fucking gay you damn nigga!!!!

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Ubuntu 7.10 is out standing in the rain

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.97.246.66] on October 30, 2007 06:01 AM
Well, it might be fabulous but it doesn't install on any of my 3 test machines here... not impressed. Fawn ran on them all however. PCBSD runs on them all as well, and in fact if you haven't seen the new v1.4 of PCBSD you really should take a look. Impressive stuff. These guys are getting it together nicely. Not so together with U, unfortunately.

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Ubuntu 7.10 fantastic for (fairly) new users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 123.243.232.126] on November 17, 2007 12:42 AM
7.10 has been amazing. I first started with Xandros (till MS deal), then Feisty and now Gutsy.

Love Gutsy! It's running like a dream and is so stable and pretty and functional and pretty (did I mention the pretty?). The programs are a great selection, and the system is very intuitively set out. Still, it is not without little glitches and so I second the need for the LTS version to focus on bug-fixing.

The bugs are certainly not deal breakers: my ATI graphics card needed the xserver-xgl package for compiz (now gorgeous!); the WPA isn't working for me [though I haven't investigated this much yet] and Miro didn't play videos until I installed the libxine1-ffmpeg package (now flawless). I have never written a line of code in my life, did each of these through ~20minutes searching on the net and synaptic for the packages. They are not big problems, but I can see the increasing need to get these little issues sorted before the next release.

I would also like one (just one!) pretty theme in the default install in the Ubuntu Appearances program. As a 20-ish female user it would be really nice to pick out a theme which aims at girls and women. Clear-looks and Glossy are very easy-on-the-eye but how about a cute purple or pink theme? I can assure you that personalising the look of the desktop is the very first thing that most female users are going to do after a fresh install and although there are many great themes on the net, it would be so nice to have just one included in the default install.

Viva La Ubuntu!

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 69.128.153.184] on November 17, 2007 03:37 AM
I'm curious why you say it's "outstanding" in the title and then basically say it's ok in the article. Is there some rule that journalists have to praise Ubuntu even it they don't find it exciting? It's a nice distro to be sure, but PCLinix is more stable and Sabayon is prettier.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.142.17.211] on November 30, 2007 05:25 PM
It won't install in my HP dx2250: message "Cannot allocate resource region 5". I bought the HP desktop having read others' positive experience of running Ubuntu 7.10 on it, so I'm hugely disappointed.

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Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 77.238.205.232] on March 09, 2008 08:53 PM
This is the worst distro ever. I'm wondering, if the Ubuntu guys have made this distribution only for DELL computers (to take vast amounts of money) or for us, who loved and sticked with it till version 7.04??? Does money talk?

For me (using linux for 10 years ... ubuntu 2,5 years) a had never installed worst distro ... EVER! One advice for linux-ers out there: Stick with version 7.04. It is much much better.

For the Ubuntu developers: I don't have money like DELL, but don't forget, that we normall users did a good reputation for Ubuntu come to live and for that we excpect a normal (not excelent) distribution that works for daily use (which is not the case with this! ... should i call crap).

Best regards,
(Ex)Ubuntu user

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