June 5th, 2005 § 4 comments

Sometime ago, I wrote about my first experiences with Debian.In the post, I said I had loved the distro, but that I didn’t plan to use it for anything else but serves since its long update cycles resulted in lots of old packages missing the features I needed in development or desktop systems.

Time passed, and Ubuntu appeared, a Debian fork with the state purposed of building a distro featuring the best of both worlds. Debian’s famous stability and easy of maintenance would be preserved, but Ubuntu would have shorted update cycles, resulting in a more modern distro, more like Mandrake and Linspire.

I decided to play with Ubuntu as soon as possible when I first heard about it, but I only managed to do it this week. One hour using it through the Live CD and I was done with Mandrake as my primary operating system. I installed it today, and I was very impressed with the whole process.

So far, I’m liking it. When you need to install a new package, Debian’s easy of use is quite evident. And the system feels a lot more polished, which was one of the things I liked about Mandrake. From installation to post-install configuration, everything works well.

In fact, the only problem I had with Ubuntu so far was related to my video card, whose advanced features were not supported by default. Nothing that couldn’t be solved with a quick look at the Wiki.Importing my old data into the system was a pretty simple process, with only a few complications here and there (Evolution, for example, imported my old e-mails but refused to import the accounts, which had to be recreated manually.)

I’d say Ubuntu is the first distro that proves that desktop Linux is a reality. None of the new distros hide so well what’s inside for users who know nothing about Unix systems. The few errors I experienced today, for example, would be equally baffling for Windows users in a similar position.

Some people criticized Ubuton for its use of sudo. I think that’s something Ubuntu got really right. Considering the profile of common users, the solution used keeps the system safe without sacrifing usability. It makes Ubuntu as flexible and easy to use as Windows systems when you need to change configurations and install new applications. By the way, Ubuntu wizards and control panels are really good.

Now, I have only one question: how the heck is Ubuntu pronounced?

§ 4 Responses to Ubuntu"

  • sil says:

    You see? This is a punishment from the Great Linux Spirit In The Sky for not listening to LugRadio (http://www.lugradio.org/), where we have had both Jeff Waugh and Mark Shuttleworth talk about Ubuntu, including its pronunciation :-)

  • Ronaldo says:

    That’s not fair… :-) I may write a passable English, but I can’t speak it. I actually downloaded the first installment. And I couldn’t understand a word of what you Englishmen said… 😛

  • sil says:

    Ah. Oops. I didn’t realise that someone who writes English as good as yours could be in a state where they couldn’t understand it spoken, so I have learned a new thing today :)

    You might enjoy the transcripts at wiki.lugradio.org, perhaps, although there aren’t that many yet…

  • Ronaldo says:

    Actually, I can understand English if it’s spoken slowly and clearly, and no use of slang is made. But in noisy environments, and when the accent is other than American, I’m hopeless. The reason for this strange situation is that I taught myself English when I was very young, and never had any classes. Oportunities to speak to natives are rare so I’m improving very slowly.

    Anyway, I’ll take a look at the transcripts. So, how is Ubuntu pronounced? :-)

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