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Reviews: Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger

Enjoy all the 5.10 reviews! So far:, tectonic + update, tectonic technical, Ars Tecnica, Debcentral, LinuxToday, geektimelinux, DistroWatch, Oreillynet, a blogger who switches from M$, Technetra, Tuxmachines, and Shane Hugart. Screenshot tour: 3x OSDir

The installer detected all of my hardware, and even found and configured a wireless card that I've consistently had problems with when using other distros — including previous versions of Ubuntu.
While this release isn't perfect, it's very, very good. I've tried a lot of Linux distributions over the years, and Ubuntu is definitely one of the best.

If you're already using Ubuntu, the new release is worth the upgrade. If you haven't tried Ubuntu yet, the Breezy release would be a good time to check in and see what all the fuss is about. It's one of the easiest Linux distros to install, and should serve newbies and Linux gurus well.

There's a screenshot tour of Ubuntu at OSDir right here!

Screenshot tour of Kubuntu is found her at OSDir

Screenshots of Edubuntu, now from final release

tectonic review is hereabout :

Overall, I'm impressed but not amazed by Breezy. When it comes out, I'll definitely be installing it, but somehow I feel a little let down. Perhaps it's Ubuntu's own fault for making the first version just so darn good — a huge jump at this point seems impossible.

The tectonic update is a very enjoyable read!

When Tectonic ran my review on the Ubuntu Breezy preview, I wasn't too generous: “Overall, I'm impressed but not amazed by Breezy.” Having used it since then as my primary desktop, and having felt the affects of every update as Breezy became more stable and generally better, I now eat my words. Indeed, I am amazed.

The more I use Breezy, the more I see where all that development time has been going. Sure, there are no “hit you in the face” features or funky graphics (apart from the excellent font rendering), but the subtle changes are so pervasive that overall the distribution just feels streets ahead of its predecessor.

The more technical minded review from tectonic is found here. It is more a walkthrough of what the release contains from a (Ubuntu) developers point of view.

What I am the most excited about is the growth and the maturing of the Ubuntu community over the past year. Ubuntu has been vastly popular, and has grown exponentially. Many new developers have joined the Ubuntu team. MOTU is doing awesome work. Yes, the name is a joke that stuck, much like the release names.

The review from Ars Tecnica is also full of praise:

I have been running Breezy Badger on my laptop for a month now, and I am very impressed with the quality, stability, and performance of the distribution. The Nautilus enhancements in GNOME 2.12 are excellent, and the inclusion of Cairo support is very exciting. Ubuntu is an excellent distribution for new users as well as experienced developers. Since it appeared on the scene, Ubuntu has become the favorite distribution of the Ars Technica Linux community, and I recommend it to anyone who asks me for distribution suggestions.

The review at Debcentral is also quite positive:

Ubuntu has certainly grown with this release. It feels better, plays better and most things are easy to get if they're not already there. There are a couple of niggles, the not so auto-mounting and the cosmetic grumbles. But overall it is a really good distro. A lot of effort has been put in to get this right and it shows. Hardware detection was flawless on this laptop and I imagine it will be on most others.
I am glad that there was only a couple of things that I had noticed that was wrong with it and I have been using it for 2 days now and no surprises. Everything seems stable and runs well. Font rendering is good and the general look is really polished (we'll ignore the GDM screen). Put this together with 18 months of updates and I think they have a winner here.

Thanks to the guys at The Fridge for spreading the word of several of the reviews.

LinuxToday also has a kind of review!

In Ubuntu, I read the guide, followed the seven easy steps, and boom! I was watching an approaching cold front march across western Indiana in no time.

Having moved to a new distro, I feel like I have new glasses. They are still helping me see, but the world looks strangely distorted at first. So it is with a new distro. Everything is almost the same, but not exactly. It makes me wonder why anyone would switch from one distro to the next. Unless you have deep, deep feelings about package management, or other esoterica, a distro running KDE is like another distro running KDE, and so on. Or GNOME. Or fvwm, for that matter.

Geeklinuxtimes says: “The Badger is out! Look for him!”:

Now with several days of exclusive use of UBUNTU 5.10 “Breezy Badger” under my belt, I can say it is a very solid distribution.

While UBUNTU has been mostly referred to as a great desktop distribution, UBUNTU can also be installed as a Server! Though minimal, the server install will provide a good base for all the packages you might want to run including files, Web or even a mail server.

One area that continues to be a disappointment with all of the new distros is the on-going problems with Wi-Fi. While I am mostly wired in the lab, I do continue to look for a simple and effective system for reducing the amount of Cat 5!

The massive Distrowatch review has also arrived:

Despite a few fixable bugs, it's hard not to like this distro. I greatly appreciated the rock solid package management – never once did I have to pussyfoot around with the notorious broken packages which plague Debian unstable fans. Similarly, upgrading Ubuntu was a breeze. The default GNOME interface is very intuitive, a great relief to Linux novices as well as more jaded users. The installer might not be pretty, but it works as promised. There were lots of thoughtful little touches, such as powernowd (which keeps your processor cooler) being installed and started automatically.

Ubuntu is still not my favorite distro, but it comes very close. And I must confess that I've only been running it a few days, so I can't swear that it won't crash under worst case conditions (though my Ubuntu-loving friends assure me it's solid as the Rock of Gibraltar). There is some grumbling that Ubuntu's repository of packages is not quite as massive as Debian's, though it seems to be catching up fast. has an alternative review, centered around the reviewers broken harddrive..

I learned several things as I rummaged through the installation. Most importantly, Ubuntu installed everything I usually get with Fedora or SUSE. I thought I could squeeze it down some but using Synaptic to remove some unwanted packages would have meant losing the Ubuntu desktop.

At least the developers warned me when I tried to remove things. With Fedora and SUSE I could remove packages and I would get a warning. But, those warnings didn't prevent me from removing things. At some later time, I would discover something had stopped working and I would spend time finding libraries and other dependencies.

I also found that Ubuntu provided the same stock applications that came with SUSE and Fedora. So, the Ubuntu menus came filled up. In fact, a few more things came with Ubuntu than the others.

As much as I looked around, I could not readily tell why Ubuntu had such a small foot print. But I realized that the clever engineering made Ubuntu a nice fit for older equipment found at schools in developing nations.

This Ol' Windoze User's Switch to Ubuntu – yet another blogging review of Ubuntu with a twist:

Well, I must say, I'm in love with Linux. I'll never go back to Windows as my main system. I will, however, leave it installed to play games at LAN parties that won't run under Linux. Everything I need is included in Ubuntu, and it's very functional. The only thing that could use some work is if you could get all the programs available on an extra CD, for those of us with dialup.

With Mandrake, I used KDE, but now I prefer Gnome. It's got split bars for Application launchers, and taskbar.

The Technetra and LXer review comments Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu, but is based on Ubuntu:

In the short time that I've spent using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), I've really come to like it. The installation was painless, all my hardware was detected and configured correctly, package management was easy, and the clean-cut GNOME desktop is terrific. If you haven't tried Linux on your desktop yet, get your hands on the 'Live CD' version of Breezy Badger — if you like what you see, this is a great distribution to embark on your desktop Linux journey. For users already into Ubuntu, an upgrade to Breezy Badger is definitely worth it.

Tuxmachines didn't like Ubuntu at all:

Those who read this post will think that I must have f***d something during the install. Well, those who think that might know that Ubuntu doesn't really ask your opinion about anything during install, however I can't exclude this possibility. Also, I consider myself as a quasi-newbie after being in the linux business for only a couple of years, but I believe that “desktop-linux for dummies” should have worked under my surveillance as well. Maybe I will try a livecd next time.”

The 4-page review at is extremely positive:

At this point, I'm trying to find something nasty to say about Ubuntu, and I'm really struggling. After the installation, during which there were only minor niggles, everything seems to be working perfectly well. I haven't experienced a crash yet, although I've hardly used enough packages for long enough to state confidently that Ubuntu is as solid as a rock. Naturally, it isn't perfect – for example, you'd struggle to get most games to run on Ubuntu without the use of another application, but there is only so much that the Ubuntu team can do.

Then there's the short review by Shane Hugart:


I am no stranger to Linux. I can recall many late nights spent tweaking my Redhat 5.2 system, and I have tried many distributions since that time. No distribution has really impressed me enough to switch to Linux full time- none, that is, until this one. Read on for my review of Ubuntu Linux 5.10.

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