This news post contains the many reviews of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu 6.06 LTS. Currently screenshot tour at OSDir and two reviews at TuxMachines, LinuxForums, ReviewLinux, Linux-watch, DesktopLinux, Nuxified, Linux.com, Tectonic, LinuxInsider, Linux.org, xbit64.net, O'reillynet, Linuxguy, LinuxPlanet, ourtweaks.com, jakilinux.org, serverwatch, ReallyLinux and videos at OSVids.
First, enjoy the screenshot tour of Ubuntu at OSDir. You'll find screenshots of Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu here.
The first review is found at Tuxmachines – Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Final Look
All in all, things went fairly well. Hardware detection was good and performance of the system was pretty good. The applications opened, functioned and closed without issue, but the system seemed a bit slow. It felt a little heavy. As I normally run KDE, I found that a bit surprizing. This condition improved after installing and starting X using the Nvidia 3d graphic drivers. The new installer is very much improved from the old Debian ascii text version found in the 5.0x series and much more “newbie” friendly. I don't like the lack of grub configuration and that needs to be addressed. Included apps might be a bit scarce, but there's plenty available through the package manager. In conclusion, Ubuntu 6.06 is a viable and worthy Linux desktop system.
Yet another TuxMachines review, this time of Kubuntu
The performance of the system was well above average. In fact, I'll just say it, that thing flies. Applications opened up before I could move my mouse. There was no artifacting or delay in redrawing windows, no delay at all in switching between windows, or “jerkiness” when moving windows around. The menu popped right open without delay as well. The whole system felt light and nimble. I was quite impressed. Comparing the performance of kde kubuntu to gnome ubuntu is almost like comparing peaches to nectarines and since I didn't test the x86 version of kubuntu, I can't say with any authority or expertise that kubuntu 64 out-performs the others. But I can say this is one of the, if not the, fastest full-sized systems I've tested. Yes sir, kubuntu was quite impressive.
Ubuntu reviewed at Linuxforums:
Dapper Drake is a huge step forward since Breezy Badger. I was impressed in many ways. The package management got even better than before. The artwork is fantastic. The networking features are great. Gnome is fast and responsive, and the desktop is full of little applets, applications and shortcuts which make it very easy to do most common things. I also appreciated that Ubuntu moved to a Live CD + graphical installer on a single disc.
And the review at ReviewLinux.com: is a copy of it.
Here's another review at Linux-watch:
Ubuntu's instructions are available online via an integrated help system. They are very straightforward. Any computer-savvy user, even if they were new to Linux, shouldn't have much trouble managing, installing, or updating Ubuntu or its programs.
If I were going to look at Ubuntu as just a standalone Linux desktop, I'd already be giving it a big thumbs-up. However, I always look at any desktop as a potential office machine, so I also looked at how ready the system was for a business network. There, unfortunately, I found some glitches.
Ok, now for Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at desktoplinux – no need to read it, as it is the same review as above on linux-watch.
Video! of different parts of 6.06 is found at OSVids.
And then there's the review by Wolfgang Lonien
So what were my experiences with the new Ubuntu so far? A bit mixed, maybe. It is a polished, good-looking, and well assembled distribution, without question. But if I imagine normal users taking the approach with that new live CD image – like I did – then I think its still a bit too complicated for them to get things working. No problem for Debianistas, but it definitely takes more than two or three mouse clicks. So in this regard, its not there yet. Maybe some update (some not-so-seasoned-Unix-users would say: service pack) will fix the few quirks. It does have a future.
So is the buzz around Ubuntu Dapper justified? There are a good deal of other great GNU/Linux distribution out there and many users have found a perfect match among them. To say that Ubuntu is the greatest and best of all would probably be a mistake. It is on everyone individually to decide what is best for them.
However, as a distribution aimed at new GNU/Linux users, especially those coming from the world of Windows, Ubuntu appears to be leading the way and in my experience with its latest incarnation, justifiably so. The greatest strengths of Ubuntu Dapper are its new easy to use installer, the applications selection and how easy and fun it is to extend it with new software. What else can a computer user wish for than a free operating system that comes with a carefully preselected selection of applications for some of the most common needs of a desktop user and allows such an easy way to add even more to it. You have, almost literary, a whole universe of Free Software at your fingertips, practically just a click away.
And now over to the review at Linux.com
Ready for the long haul?
Overall, I've found Ubuntu 6.06 LTS to be a solid operating system. It's easy to use, has a great selection of software available for new users and for developers and power user types, and generally “just works.”
I also like the fact that Ubuntu, out of the box, is strictly open source software. You can grab non-free packages pretty easily if you want to, but the default install is free as in freedom and beer.
Dapper has a few flaws here and there, but it's a solid desktop OS that is fine for home and office use. The Ubuntu folks have committed to supporting Dapper for three years on the desktop, and five years on the server. I would definitely recommend Ubuntu to experienced and inexperienced Linux users alike.
The usual fanboys at TecTonic didn't like Dapper Drake at all!
Let's start at the beginning of the sad saga. I started using Dapper early on, and I have to say that even back then there were warning signs that things weren't going quite as planned in the Ubuntu camp. I started with Release 4, which was predictably buggy and a tad unstable. My two biggest bug-bears were the inability to print to an older Ubuntu machine through the LPI protocol, and the fact that the hardware abstraction layer service, hald, did not like Samba shares at all. It would cause the machine to take minutes to boot up. Once booted, it would take minutes more for the task bars and icons to come up in Gnome. Trying to save a file or browse directories also resulted in coffee breaks while the computer burnt processor cycles, doing who-knows-what in the background. It was a sorry state of affairs.
Extremely short 'review' at Linuxinsider
I've been running a beta version of 6.06, and these are among the good things I've noticed:
Faster system startup and login;
Graphical shutdown process;
Easy access to power management settings;
Improved support for video playback;
OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 suite included; and
And then we have it atLinux.org:
With such a large developer and user community, Ubuntu has excellent hardware support and an enormous application base. This means that in spite of what you might hear in the mainstream tech press, Linux works just fine as a desktop operating system. A standard Ubuntu install will give you a basic system but adding the universe and multiverse repositories will give you access to thousands of more applications for all types of needs. Anybody who's looking to escape the clutches of proprietary operating system dependence should find Ubuntu Dapper and excellent alternative.
Xbit64.net is found here
I have been a user of Dapper Drake 6.06 ever since Flight CD 5 arrived on the scene. For over 2 months, I have seen how improvements have been added and bugs fixed. In the past I continued to just update my system but when Kubuntu 6.06 LTS was released I decided to rather format and install a fresh copy.
Unlike previous versions of Kubuntu the install and live' cd are now on one cd. The CD loads a full Kubuntu desktop, which lets you try it out before installing it. If one chooses to install Kubuntu it is now all done graphically. This is a huge improvement over the previous text installer, installing through GUI system makes installation so much easier and to newbies it must seem like a miracle.
And O'reillynet have had a look at Xubuntu
Xubuntu isnt just for older, slower machines. The feature set of XFCE has evolved to the point where it really can stand toe to toe with KDE and Gnome. What features are lacking are more than made up for by being lightweight. Lets face it: even on the best, newest, fastest hardware any memory or CPU cycles not swallowed up by the desktop are available for something else. Using XFCE strips away bloat and with the 4.4 tree it doesnt leave you lacking creature comforts.
The Linuxguy is not impressed:
There have been mixed reviews of the latest version of Ubuntu, one even proclaiming that it sucks. Whist there are a lot of talented people working really hard to make Ubuntu what it is and Ubuntu certainly doesnt suck, I can unfortunatly relate to these tales and understand where these people are coming from.
Ok, and go here for LinuxPlanet
Yes, I know you're sick of hearing about Ubuntu. Ubuntu this, Ubuntu that, everyone must love Ubuntu or else. Don't run away screaming just yet, because there are good reasons for all the Ubuntu buzz. The first one is they have an excellent and productive PR machine. This is a good thing, and there is no reason other Linuxes cannot follow suit. Don't whine about Ubuntu getting all the attention, because anyone can email or phone some journalists and get something going.
In short: A Ubuntu user is saying it's not possible to really tweak Ubuntu and you'd be better off using a different Linux OS (Gentoo) if you want to tweak your OS. You can not tweak Ubuntu like you can tweak Win XP and the other Windows operating systems.
I'm going to end this here because I think I made my point on the “usability” of Ubuntu. You ask “would you have written this article if you didn't witness countless Ubuntu fans outright lying to people to get them to switch to Ubuntu?” I would say “no, I would not.” Sadly, I did see too many Ubuntu users spreading lies about Ubuntu so I'm trying to save the people who might go for the lies a heck of a lot of time and simply say to them that Ubuntu is definitely not an alternative to Win XP. If you get talked into doing things easily, I'd suggest you not even read stuff about people who just love Ubuntu because they will do anything in their power to try and get you to switch from Win XP.
And then there is jakilinux
As one can see, making Kubuntu 6.06 work on an amd64-powered computer is a bit time-consuming. If you need a straightforward solution, get a 386 installation CD and it will probably work flawlessly. For those who need the highest speed and responsiveness, a 64-bit Kubuntu system can be a really powerful solution. I personally spent a few long hours googling for howtos and faqs with solutions to my problems. It finally worked (except for the mentioned printer problem), so I hope you find this guide helpful and I hope it will save you some priceless time when you decide to follow the 64-bit path. Its a shame that getting a real 64-bit support is still pretty painful in 2006. I hope the commercial vendors will soon notice the potential which exists in the amd64 architecture and start to provide better support for their apps. For the time being, you have to make the choice between the superior speed and the painless setup. I hope this article helped you make up your mind.
Ok, then for the review at Serverwatch
Pros: Fantastic pre-fab installation options; The most up-to-date packages; Slim, bloat-free install.
Cons: Confusing installation options; Documentation is insufficient; Installer assumes networking is configured via DHCP.
“Trust me, after doing the Linux course, I didn't think I'd ever use it… but this Ubuntu!” he'd say, excitement evident in his voice. I simply smiled and nodded, feeling satisfied that I had helped share an alternative, easy-to-use option: Ubuntu.