Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I decided that today I would give the new distro a test drive to see how it handled if there was anything note worthy about it. For starters I highly recommend not downloading it directly through http from their web server get the torrent of it http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/alternative-download . I had to go with the alternate installer while using vmware workstation because every time I tried to boot it with the desktop install .iso initramfs would fail at initialization which is very frustrating and not something likely to experience with ubuntu. The alternate install is very similar to the server install or any typical debian install minus some of the customizations that debian offers. It sure seemed to take its sweet ass time installing (nothing like the time it takes to compile gentoo thank god) but while that happened it gave me time to read the blogs of my followers you guys gave me plenty to read while waiting on progress bars. It seems sometimes that all I ever do is watch progress bars lol. It still holds up to be a very light operating system and ran fairly responsive inside my VM since I only gave it 512MB of RAM to play with. Some of the software additions and subtractions from previous versions irked me only a little bit. The developers over at canonical could learn a thing or two from the guys over at Fedora during their old installs I could choose through all of the software I didn't want installed and did want installed so my system was pretty much configured for my liking software wise from the install. Other than that it's a solid GNU/Linux that is bound to bring more new users to our 1% market share.