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Ubuntu 7.04 reviews and impressions

Here's the reviews and impressions of Ubuntu 7.04. So far impressions from Technical Itch and ZDNet and reviews from Pinderkent, CLICK, 2xSeopher, 2xITwire, Linux.com, The Tech Journal, OSnews, Massuran.org, enterpriseitplanet, Information week, Ubuntunews, APCmag, WindowsITpro, extremetech, TeamSugar Software in Review and Interact News. Screenshots at Phoronix, ZDnet, Interactnews, eWeek, TechbookReport and FOSSwire, Debianadmin and posts from several bloggers.
Technical-Itch reviews the upgrade process from Ubuntu 6.10 to Ubuntu 7.04. Apart from a couple of minor issues with the new desktop effects, everything else went fine.

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Pinderkent about Kubuntu:

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Kubuntu 7.04 is the real deal. The installation was easy and successful. In terms of usability, everything is there: KDE offers all of the necessary applications, and Kubuntu offers the integration. The performance is suitable. And unlike Windows Vista, Kubuntu 7.04 is a pleasure to use. So I’d suggest that you try it out.

Screenshots at Phoronix right here

Inpressions at the blogs at ZDNet

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What the Ubuntu dev team need to do is find, I don't know, 100 people who aren't Linux geeks and stick them in front of the OS. Use these people to get feedback on different aspects of the OS. As soon as users start to look confused, scared or go bug-eyed then something needs tweaking. If your average home user is going to look at Ubuntu as an alternative to Windows or Mac, all these geeky corners have to be smoothed out.

Blog at brainonfire.com

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I was occasionally asked to resolve a difference between an existing file and a proposed replacement, but I was able to click “Replace” for each one. Most of the packages were able to intelligently convert their config files to new formats and preserve old settings.

More screenshots at Fosswire

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Also if you’re curious as to what the installer looks like, you might want to take a look. So, here are some screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

And a thorough review at kawai's blog

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Two slightly similar views but still the same song and dance – that Linux can take the desktop; in this post, I am to set out why Linux is not ready for the desktop. These issues I layout not only plague Ubuntu, but Linux in general, and more correctly the whole *BSD/*NIX community due to the nature of how coponents are shared amoungst the different flavours.

Review at Seopher

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While Ubuntu isn't my favourite distro around at the moment it's difficult not to respect the amount of thought and hard work that goes into it. It's also not hard to see why it has such a supportive and thriving community behind it.

I think it'd be foolish for new-users to not consider Ubuntu as their first distro because of how comprehensive it's functionality seems to be. I recon Kubuntu is a better place to start but I think the whole KDE/Gnome decision is one best left to personal preference.

ITwire calls 7.04 DOA

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But for me there's been nothing but disappointment. I disturbed an existing Mandriva installation on my spare computer – admittedly an old machine – to have a look at Ubuntu. If anything installed on this machine runs slowly, I have no complaint – but if someone tells me that the hardware isn't Linux-compatible, they would be very, very wrong. I've run Slackware, Debian, FreeBSD, Desktop BSD, MEPIS and Mandriva on this old faithful over the past seven years. For one year it even ran Windows!

The blog Boy in the bands:

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I’ve been using Linux since September 9, 2003: first Mandrake (now Mandriva), then MEPIS, then Ubuntu through a few versions, over to Fedora Core (formerly the personal version of Red Hat) because I couldn’t get Ubuntu to identify my Ethernet card on my eccentric little machine, and now I’m writing this on Ubuntu 7.04, codenamed “Feisty Fawn”, and hereafter called simply Feisty.

At last, I think we have a winner for the moderate user’s desktop. Over the next few days, I’ll review why I think this, point out online installation and configuration helps and talk about what and how I make changes.

The blog from gmosx isn't too happy:

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I am using Gnome based Linux systems for the best part of the last 6 years. Since November, I am using Linux exclusively on my laptop (I have formatted the Windows partition). In general I am very happy, but lately I get the feeling that Ubuntu/Gnome are not progressing that fast any more. For example, I was disappointed that Compiz/Beryl is not included by default. Granted, it is now easier than ever to enable 3d effects and everything works smoothly, but after 20 minutes or so my laptop hangs

Well, it's title is “Wrestling with Xubuntu Feisty Fawn”

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I spent the day upgrading my new Xubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) installation to Xubuntu 7.04 (Feisty), and since Xubuntu is derived from Ubuntu, far and away the most popular Linux distribution for the desktop, I expected — and still expect — a lot more from it.

ITWire again:

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It's difficult to walk away from an experiment with software – especially when you know that most of the problems are resolvable. It's probably something to do with one's ego. But never mind.

The blogs at Tech journal doesn't like ubuntu:

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So whats wrong with Ubuntu 7.04? simply put. 7.04 sucks. If this is supposed to be a Windows killer they have some major work to do. First, they include the crappy Prism54 driver which everyone knows is flawed and it wouldnt detect the 3 wireless USB adaptors or 1 PCMCIA card that I have. Blacklist it and use ndiswrapper right? Good plan. Some nimrod didnt include ndiswrapper on the install disk that has been included since version 4 so if you have no other alternative but a wireless connection you are SOL . Enabling the nvidia driver crashes 7.04 every time. My webcam was DOA with 7.04, one of my USB HUBS!!! Yes you heard it right HUB, H-U-B, the device you use to extend USB functionality by adding other USB devices, that works fine in eComStation/OS/2, BeOS and even Windows 98 will not work on 7.04. My Sony laptop has horizontal lines in 7.04 because of a faulty x-server driver, dont forget its supposed to be more laptop friendly. For me 7.04 is not a major step backwards. That laptop got Windows 2000 back and its never worked better.

And then some thoughts/impressions from Akeem Philbert:

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So with all the excitement about the new release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn I decided to give it a shot. While I am a big fan of open source software and my servers are usually nix boxes I have tried a couple times and gave up (once was redhat, the other was mandrake 9). Ubuntu is touted as having the best out of the box experience so I figured I would give it a try. The timing was perfect and I was able to pass the Linux on the desktop decree with little or no opposition.

Then there's also screenshots from ZDnet!

And we have a review at Interact News by Ubuntu 7.04 – Review By Marius Mihailescu

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Ubuntu 7.04 is, in my opinion, the easiest Linux distribution for home users, it is the best free alternative, and like all other Linux distributions it is very customizable, easy to keep updated.

And a blog from Y Safle (Wales!)

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So if you didn’t quite get any of the above, don’t worry. Just go and get Ubuntu. get the live CD and try it out. Install it on the old computer in the kid’s “office”. One way or another, give it a test drive… it’s not scary!

This blogger hates and then loves Ubuntu:

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Why couldn’t I get the Nvidia working?? What was wrong with me?? What was wrong with Ubuntu?? Well, I can tell you – they have got to fix this whole ATI/NVIDIA driver thing!! Hopefully, this Linspire/Ubuntu partnership, Canonical announcing that the next release will have some of that included, and this push that manufacturers are doing to get pre-installed Linux on desktop systems will drive this to a solution. Please, get this fixed!!

And this one gets no Ubuntu today
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All in all, a rather disappointing experiment. Previous versions of Ubuntu ran fine on this notebook… I guess someday when I have more time to experiment I’ll try again — probably as a dual-boot so I don’t have a time crunch to get it running ASAP.

And then from OSnews

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Another aspect of Ubuntu's fame explosion is the fact that their bug system gets about 4,000 bugs per week these days. I am not sure that they can deal with all those bugs in a timely manner. Maybe they should put their bugzilla's “karma” feature into good use and only allow new bug reports from users with enough karma. That's just an idea, not necessarily the best though. I am just pointing to a potential problem.

And another review at Massuran.org

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Canonical and the community have succeeded in making what is probably the best Linux distribution available today. Features like the migration assistant, painless codec and driver installation and the general polished feel of Ubuntu 7.04 make it stand out. I personally feel that it has surpassed Windows Vista and XP in terms of usability, stability, features and security.

And from the blog at
Lonelymachines

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I’ve been running it for about a week now, and I can report that I’ve had no problems in terms of stability. It’s not quite as fast as Slackware, but nothing is. Still, performance is excellent, and even with the bells-and-whistles going in Gnome, it feels faster than Suse or Fedora. I was quickly able to mimic my Slack desktop:

Also a review at Enterpriseplanet:

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fter looking around and playing with Ubuntu 7, it’s safe to say that the features, ease of use and stability of this distro may be enough to edge Linux desktops into corporate offices. Given that Ubuntu supports a VMWare-like environment, you can bet that Ubuntu will crop up in many test labs as well.

And another blogger finally being able to install Ubuntu

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The Installation was a breeze, the Ubuntu team managed to do a pretty good job here. The LiveCD let me do a lot of stuff during the installation process, such as getting online for IRC, surfing the web and reading my emails.

Informationweek thoroughly compares Ubuntu with Vista

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To be honest, there's a lot about Ubuntu that impresses me. The out-of-the-box software available with the OS is well-chosen, and the Ubuntu community folks have made a good effort to support the vast majority of the things people do with their PCs. The fact that Ubuntu is free is of course another big motivator, especially if you've already blown your budget for a PC on hardware alone.

But there's at least as much about Ubuntu that I find disheartening or frustrating. There are still too many places where you have to drop to a command line and type in a fairly unintuitive set of commands to get something done, or edit a config file, or — worst of all — download and compile source code. For a beginner, this last is the kiss of death, because if compiling code fails, a beginner will almost certainly have no idea what to do next.

The blog at Alternative Yak:

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I must say that it was a really cool addition, and I wish it will be more finely tuned. When I finally tested it, it only copied the MyDocuments from WindowsXP (and didn’t get anything from openSUSE). Neither did it get my Firefox/IE bookmarks settings. But I guess that’s ok. There is certainly scope here. Perhaps some information on what exactly will be migrated would have made my expectations more realistic.

From the Linux.com review

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Final verdict

Ubuntu and Kubuntu Feisty are moderate improvements over the Edgy release, and include enough new software and features to justify upgrading to Feisty or trying it out for the first time if you've been waiting to take the Ubuntu plunge.

Feisty delivers most of the features that users were hoping for in Edgy. Ubuntu is getting to the point where it can face mainstream desktops. If that weren't the case, would Michael Dell be running the OS on his laptop?

And Ubuntu news is on the defence for Ubuntu:

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As I've said in the beginning, it's a pretty decent comparison – definitely not biased on purpose. Rather, it's a review written by someone who comes from a Windows environment and doesn't have much knowledge on Linux besides having used it for a short time. Linux is not Windows – it has it's unique qualities and you discover them one by one. One thing I liked in particular is that no matter which logo (Ubuntu or Vista) you click, you're going to ubuntu.com :)

And another blogger, Magoose

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True, its not the best gaming OS, or the best to really force yourself to learn about Linux, but I’d rather learn at my own speed, not at whatever speed Arch Linux decides to break at. Maybe I’ll try LFS someday. For now, I’m a Ubuntu minion.

And the blogbeebe blog:

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I'll think I'll stick with Ubuntu on europa for the moment, if for no other reason than I've been beaten into submission by the entire process. I've got Java 6 installed, along with NetBeans 5.5, and I can install other packages without having to go and hunt down multiple locations. Well, with one notable exception. I tried to play back a DVD only to find out ONCE AGAIN I needed to find and install dvdcss. Under Synaptic's 'Settings | Repositories', on the 'Third-Party Software' tab, you need to add 'http://medibuntu.sos-sts.com' in order to pick up the non-free media bits. Simpler by far than YaST.

Another big review at Just another tech blog:

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What's Hot:

Great, flawless installation/ upgrade for most users.
New control center
Codec auto-suggest
Easy installation of “restricted” drivers
Easy desktop effects for the masses
Easy Read/ write access to NTFS partitions.
Very stable, as usual.

What's Not:

Default look could use some more polish… never really been a friend of the “Human” theme
I am still waiting for the day when I don't have to edit the xorg.conf file to get Beryl working.
Camera and keyboard not fully working is quite annoying

Review at APCmag

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Unfortunately, this seems to be an endemic problem with Ubuntu. My experience using it as a sole desktop in my 'Living in a Linux only world' series in APC Magazine series came across many small and annoying issues — many of which appear to be a result of laziness or simply failing to test the packages bundled: for example plugging in a camera and having it recognise it just fine, but be unable to transfer the images because the programs was run with the wrong privileges (we'll see how 7.04 fares here later). Easily fixed by dropping to the command line and running it sudo — but what of the Windows user hoping to ditch Microsoft? They'll go right back to their windows boot for something as simple as copying images.

Here's a very interesting blog entry from Vistablorge:

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Most Ubuntu converts are either the Linux faithful or first time Linux users. For first time Linux users, do you really want them to have to delve into config files or the command line to get something done… the answer is you don’t and that is not an optimal solution. Make it work like Windows (except without the crashing) and people will be happy.

If you’re looking for an easy to use and fuss free operating system, buy a Mac and go with OSX unless editing Linux config files is your idea of fun.

Screenshots at interact news

And then at extremetech

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I wish I could say that I still like Ubuntu, but I really don't at this point. I'd recommend Xandros over this release of Ubuntu in a heartbeat. Xandros is more polished and seems to have much less in the way of configuration headaches. About all Ubuntu has going for it this time around is its good installation. After that, it just didn't measure up in the way I'd come to expect of it.

blogs.sun.com:

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Score: Windows 3 – Ubuntu 3Of course, one could subtract a few points from the Windows version of Hearts, because the Windows version of Hearts has a big fat superfluous advert for Microsoft in the titlebar (I mean, what's the point of calling it “The Microsoft Hearts Network”, that's just gratuitous vacuity), but one should be used to that by now, I mean in the world at large, of course, so no points are gained or lost here. And, also of course, one could attempt to assess the various options provided by the two versions of Hearts. But who wants to do that? The point of the game is that it should be simple and devoid of any complexity. It should welcome you like something warm and sensible in this crazy, crazy world full of uncertainties and global warming. And therefore, in summary, I can only conclude by saying, in all fairness and honesty, that if the effectiveness of Hearts as a tool for procrastination is a deciding factor in ascertaining whether to go with Ubuntu or Windows… the winner is, unquestionably, in spite of the 3-3 score card result… Windows.

More bloggers join:
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I rebooted when the installation was done, this time the system loaded grub from the External HDD and began the countdown to boot the default Kernel. Unfortunately, grub could not find the appropriate partition to boot Linux. It gave me an error saying “Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition” . I started editing the Grub boot parameters by pressing ‘e’.

and then WindowsITPro

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If you want to keep your Windows applications and use them on Linux then that might be possible. Many Windows apps will run just fine using the free open source Wine subsystem (which emulates a Windows environment) or a commercial variety of Wine. Some others might not. There's even a relatively new twist in the Wine-like world made especially for games. Transgaming recently released Cedega 6.0 that makes running PC-based games on Linux relatively simple. I'm not a gamer so I don't give the faintest hoot about Cedega, but I know a lot of you love to play games, so there's the answer to your “I can't use Linux because I'm addicted to PC games” problem

And from the blog at Techbycolin:

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It is about as simple as it gets – on or off and whether you want the cube that spins through workspaces. I clicked enable and checked both boxes. The screen flashed and I had wobbly windows. Amazingly simple, easy to deactivate, nothing to configure.

As I said, I have spent less than an hour with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and I am quite impressed as it is. When I get done playing around with the new stuff and tweaking it to my liking, I may write a full review, but that is probably not necessary.

Review (or rather an overview) at Teamsugar:

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Ubuntu's installation was quite speedy, it took about 10 minutes or so to complete. There's not too much that can be said about doing an Ubuntu installation. It's pretty easy, even if you've never seen or used it before.

Ant then at consumeraffairs:

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When I'm hard up for ways to amuse myself, I like to put my nearly identical laptops side-by-side and watch them. The Windows laptop sits there spinning and chattering away, making a huge commotion over exactly nothing. The Linux laptop, with half as much RAM, just sits there, silently waiting to spring.

Is this a new day in computing? That might be a slight exaggeration, but I hope not.

And the review at eWeek:

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Another much more important but equally deferred goal in Feisty is the so-called “bulletproof X” proposal, the need for which became clear after an Ubuntu driver update miscue last year that rendered some users' graphical interfaces unusable, and which required some command-line twiddling to repair. The idea behind bulletproof X is that in such a case, Ubuntu would step down to a failsafe graphics mode from which a user could visit the project's Web site and follow instructions to fix the issue.

We were happy to find that Ubuntu now offers up a graphical interface for configuring the distribution's Xorg 7.2 X server—every popular distribution ships with such a tool, and we've long lamented the absence of one in Ubuntu.

And the review at TechbookReport:

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There's not much more to say in such a short review. Ubuntu feels rock solid, and the ease of use is impressive. Compared to some distributions there aren't millions of applications loaded by default, there is only one office suite for example, but Synaptic makes it easy to add and remove problems with a few mouse clicks. If you are interested in moving to a version of Linux, then Ubuntu is highly recommended.

And here's a Review of LinuxCertified LCTP60 Laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad T60p) with Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn and Windows Vista Business

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Ubuntu 7.04: I am and remain Ubuntu fan. I did get this feeling that Ubuntu was trying to get to the novice Linux user at slight expense of the power Linux users. While it is no way close to dumbing down as in Linspire, but I am worried that it may go down that path. For now, I was able to figure out to get around the limitations and configure the system the way I wanted. Hopefully, Ubuntu developers will figure out how to attain the goal of attracting new Linux user while keeping experienced Linux users happy (not an easy goal).

And there's a review of Edubuntu that rocks:

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Would I trade in my Windows terminal servers for Edubuntu? Probably not right now. I just about gave our business teacher a coronary switching to Office 2007. She'd hurt me if I switched to Linux, regardless of its ease of use. Would I roll this out in elementary schools or microlabs at the high school? In a heartbeat. The built-in science and math apps alone are enough to make a believer out of me and would fit quite nicely in the back of the science lab where I'll be running physics courses next year.

My kids will be on a Linux-only diet this weekend as they spend their computer time logged into the Edubuntu server. I'll post another update on Monday and tell you what they think.

And another screenshot tour at Debianadmin

And a Kubuntu review at Seopher:

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Kubuntu 7.04 is an excellent release, powerful, customisable yet strangely lacking in obvious applications. Supplying me with Kaffeine that doesn't manage common codecs directly post-install when VLC is a better alternative doesn't make sense. GIMP's ominous absence is concerning too, making me question whether Kubuntu could try and stab for the “most usable” title I discuss so frequently. It's excellent though, usable and intuitive – just with some strange decisions in terms of the offered applications. If you can use Adept (which is almost certain) then you'd get on well with this release.

Here's at Software in review:

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Conclusions and developer recommendations
It's still not perfect, but Ubuntu Linux has grown into an excellent operating system. I'd definitely recommend it to people switching from Windows, OS X, or other GNU/Linux distributions that haven't met their needs.

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