My Thoughts on Ubuntu 10.10
Ubuntu 10.10 was finally released on 10/10/10 as promised. I did a system upgrade on my 5 years old Dell Latitude laptop from 10.04 and did a fresh installation of it on my friend's Gateway Netbook.
I have been using Ubuntu since Ubuntu 6.10 on my Dell laptop. My impression of 10.10 was pretty much like my other impressions on every new versions of Ubuntu. The best thing I like about this version and 10.04 version which didn't exist on previous versions is the default theme. I have to admit that Ubuntu team did a great job on creating the default theme. I am even trying to make my Arch Linux desktop computer look similar to Ubuntu's default interface.
I was not that much impressed by the new Software Center, as I usually install everything on command line (That's the only way of doing it on Arch). However, my friend who is using a Linux based operating system for the first time, is very happy about it. Creating a software center like that is a huge step towards making Ubuntu, an operating system for average users.
Ubuntu one music store and online storage services are other nice feature of Ubuntu which has been existing since Ubuntu 10.04. I heard Canonical is even trying to make a windows client for those services. But I guess making it available for other distributions should have a higher priority. I'm not sure about other distros, but I'm almost sure that there's no official package for those services on Arch repository.
The netbook edition is now the default graphical environment for netbooks. It was the first time I used the netbook edition and I really like the idea. However, I think this environment is not mature enough, yet. It is not as user friendly as I was expecting and has performance issue compared to the desktop edition of gnome. I recommend using the desktop environment for now till the next version, when this environment becomes more mature.
One thing I didn't like about the new Ubuntu is the lack of multi touch support on my friend's Netbook. Multi touch support is disabled by default and you cannot enable it. The bad thing about it is that when you try to use multi touch, the mouse pointer gets crazy and goes to random places.
One thing I wasn't expecting from Ubuntu was the efficient power management. I had read about the new improvement on power management on new Kernel, but I wasn't expecting it to be this efficient. My friend's Netbook can work for 8 hours, which is pretty much the same amount as the default Windows 7.
I am overally satisfied with Ubuntu 10.10 for the 7 days I have been using it. Ubuntu will be the operating system of my choice if I get a new computer. I strongly recommend upgrading to 10.10 version, if you haven't already done it.
Published On: Oct. 17, 2010 --- Views: 855
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