Ubuntu Linux

by Volker Weber

What is Ubuntu Linux?

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that starts with the breadth of Debian and adds regular releases (every six months), a clear focus on the user and usability (it should "Just Work", TM) and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of support for every release. Ubuntu ships with the latest Gnome release as well as a selection of server and desktop software that makes for a comfortable desktop experience off a single installation CD.

Pieterjan bugged me about this particular Linux distribution a couple of weeks ago when he tried to install it on his Mac. I still do not understand why one would want to replace Mac OS X with Linux but I understand very well now why you would want to install it on a PC.

Ubuntu was by far the most pleasant Linux installation I ever tried. I put it on two machines yesterday, one desktop and one notebook, and both have been very easy. On the notebook which connects via WLAN to my network it asked me very early on for the WEP key, which I had not seen before in any installation routine.

Everything fits on one CD and still feels very complete. I only had to install Flash support for Firefox. I also replaced Evolution with Thunderbird, since Evolution does not work well with Domino. I still need to make power management work in the old notebook but other than that it is a very nice and clean setup.

Highly recommended.

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Thank you for the link. It seems to be the right distribution for my parents.

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