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Ubuntu 7.10 reviews

Here's all the media reviews of Ubuntu 7.10 you can dream of. So far from,,,, a Financial Times column,,,, Technical-itch,, Openreview,,,, TechnicalItch, LinuxInsider, Seopher, Linuxseekers, Architect Fantasy, ITWire, Ars Technica, wolfmanzbytes and screenshots at Phoronix, Phorolinux and Debianadmin.
Desicritics says that:


I really hope that the hardware manufacturers take up ubuntu's cause and offer it as the original installed base system. It's a myth that it is difficult to support. At best, it does need some degree of involvement with your system; Windows in my experience can be more frustrating to use.

Here's to Gutsy Gibbon. Welcome to the new wave of user friendly computing. finds:


If you've been considering making the switch from Windows or Mac, Ubuntu makes the process painless. It's ability to seamlessly import your settings, music and data from a Windows partition erases one of the most pressing barriers for new users. And once you're in, the learning curve is minimal. In fact, besides requiring a little futzing to get multimedia playback set up, Gutsy Gibbon is about as easy as Linux gets

And then…… screenshots at Phoronix.

PolishLinux also contains some comments for improvement


For a beginner: still too hard to get DVD playback, MP3 support and all other stuff that almost everyone uses and needs anyway.
Hibernate, suspend: if activated it should work. It does work on my laptop — I’m sure about that since it worked in Feisty Fawn. Thus, either do not activate Compiz for my laptop or make it work with sleep options!
No easy way to turn Compiz off and replace it with Metacity (and no explanation why in some cases this should be a preferable option) (update: just go to Preferences-> Apperarance -> “Visual Effects” and select “NONE”, thanks to Sean for this, I must have been blind)

And here is the review from Lunapark6


I’ll cut to the chase and say from the start that Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition is simply the best desktop operating system that I have ever used. From installation, to setup, to regular everyday use Gutsy is just a thing of beauty. I have been keeping up with the release since its initial rocky Alpha period, to the polished final Release Candidate released on October 15, 2007 and then apt-get upgrading to the final release. The end result is that the Ubuntu team has put together everything that you could possibly want in a desktop operating system and more.

And indeed from Financial Times point of view:


Ubuntu’s “Gutsy Gibbon” release may not be for everyone. But as I discovered, you do not need a PhD or an IT department to install it. Ubuntu 7.10 is worth considering if you are looking to minimise costs or join the open source movement.

Time for screenshots of Kubuntu – at Debianadmin

And here's


Who's it best for?

The main problem I have with Ubuntu is the same problem I've always had: their unwillingness to include “contraversial” (read: useful) software like multimedia support or proper 3D drivers.


All that aside, once I installed 3D drivers and ripped some CDs into Ogg-Vorbis I could theoretically do all my day to day work on this distro, *almost* out of the box. It's pretty close, and I consider that pretty good.

And the review at Desktoplinux


The distribution also comes with greatly improved and easier-to-maintain security. This comes to Ubuntu thanks to AppArmor. Shuttleworth describes this as the second generation of Linux security.

All in all, the new Ubuntu appears at first glance to be a solid improvement on the last version and one that both young and old Ubuntu users will find a worthwhile upgrade. covers Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy — first impressions on the $0 Laptop


Conclusion: I have a feeling that the power-management issues regarding my Gateway Solo 1450 and Gutsy will solve themselves. Either the hardware will stop freaking out at times with the 2.6.22-14 kernel, or I'll just use 2.6.20-16 (and reverse the GRUB entries so the older kernel boots first). After additional testing, I'm not so sure about suspend. But even without that capability, the Gateway is doing well enough with 7.10.

And here are the impressions from Technical itch



Gutsy is a definite step in the right direction with some welcome new features. It’s just a shame my upgrade didn’t go as smoothly as I wanted. Will I ever get my Nvidia 6600 GT working with desktop effects?

Maybe I have slightly borked system so now represents an opportunity to try out a clean install. I’ve already downloaded the AMD 64 bit ISO which I’m going to install soon. I tried 64 bit Ubuntu back in version 6.06 and it lacked 3rd party support so I will be interested to see if any improvements have been made in this area. If 3rd party support is still lacking then I will revert back to the 32 bit ISO.

And here is it from Reviewlinux:


One system survived! My new Ubuntu 7.10 system came back up without a hitch. Everything even seemed to work. I still had Flash on websites. My Ubuntu 7.04 system had on a couple of occasions after updating had lost Flash. I had my movie player and all my other much needed software, even my VNC.. :)

After about 15 minutes of looking around I did come upon one thing that didnt work. My VMWARE SERVER was not happening any more.. Well after a quick look on the web I found a tut of how to get the newer version of VMWARE SERVER to get going and after using the provided patch even that was working.

There you go, no backups not worrying about anything and total faith in an OS. Thats hard to find these days.. :)

This upgrade was at least painless for me and I hope yours is too.

and from the blog/reviewer at Openreview:


Ubuntu has quickly achieved mass attention, it was also #1 distribution for a long time. It has done some great work like ship-it to promote Linux. But I am really disappointed with the current trend. The current release is a mixed bag, but is completely unacceptable in terms of Ubuntu's glorious past.

Installer bugs are a strict NO, for any software. Right now, Ubuntu needs to only focus on “Bug-free, efficient installer”. No software can beat the competition if the installer is buggy. Also Ubuntu should not limit the options given to open source enthusiast.

Blogcritics says:


Overall, Ubuntu 7.10 is worth looking into, and with a dual boot setup, it's not too crazy to switch. With its highly customizable setup, a quick click around the Ubuntu Forums will boost the “wow” factor above anything Windows Vista has offered yet, and the straightforward usability puts it up there with Mac OS X.

More screenshots at Phorolinux

And the review from Tectonic


Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon is a good, solid release. It has just enough new features (trackerd, restricted drivers manager etc) to make this a worthwhile upgrade. But don't expect gee-whiz factors, although Compiz is installed by default for users that really enjoy eye candy. As an attractive work machine Gutsy does a great job. loves it

In 7.10 Ubuntu automatically enables Compiz Fusion, which allows for 3-D candy, providing the video card installed in the system supports hardware acceleration out of the box. If not, then Ubuntu will enable the effects automatically the next time the computer is started with a binary driver installed. The 3-D effects come in two levels: Normal, the default, which enables only some effects (such as compositing, shadows, and animated minimizing) in order to keep the used resources at a minimal level, and Extra, which allows for the most effects (such as window wobbling, animated workspace switching, and transparency). Compiz Fusion offers a few usability enhancements, such as being able to scroll through your workspaces with your mouse wheel. I don't feel that the effects are worth the extra hit on system resources, so I usually keep them turned off. Surprisingly, even with desktop effects enabled, performance while playing 3-D games on my system didn't seem to drop.

And the impressions at TechnicalItch



If your upgrade to Ubuntu 7.10 didn’t go smoothly then I definitely recommend giving the clean install a go. The installation process is now very slick and the XP migration tool is a nice touch. Support for 64 bit Ubuntu seems to have improved too which was an added bonus.

I’m now running 64 bit Ubuntu with Compiz desktop effects so I am very happy. Another great release from the Ubuntu development folks.

And from LinuxInsider


It's incredibly stable. My home computer often runs for a week or more without crashing and needing to be restarted. It rarely went a day with Windows.

It's secure. Because Windows is so pervasive, and susceptible, hackers focus on it rather than Linux. There are thousands of viruses identified each year that target Windows; Linux viruses number in the dozens.

And the review at Seopher:


Open source software amazes me. There was a time when free applications were either completely twattish or pirated; yet as the months roll by more and more amazing things are happening – making a world without paid software increasingly viable. Here we go again, another new Ubuntu release to prove my point.

Read here from Linuxseekers


I am also happy that the Canonical developers are giving more emphasis to security on Ubuntu by enabling the AppArmor security framework by default. With Ubuntu 7.10, you can now encrypt your hard disk partition when by using the Alternate CD. What should I complain about? The WiFi support is excellent! I had no sound problems on all of the notebooks and desktop which I tested on. Plugin Finder Service is parti- cularly excellent. The fonts look better. What more? Try Ubuntu 7.10 and you'll not regret. The Feisty Fawn on my wife's Shuttle PC has been upgraded to Gutsy Gibbon, a few days ago. It only took 5 hours for the upgrade process, via the very reliable Update Manage, and the Belkin wireless USB adapter is alive and still kicking. I hope my wife will go back to her Windows XP less frequently. Anyway, she only needs Gimp and Firefox and Ubuntu fits in very well. Her only complain was that of the Totem Movie Player which crashes quite frequently.

And at architect fantasy, there's some criticism:

Some of the most brilliant success you see in user interface design are the areas that go unnoticed by the users. A good user interface will connect the user with the information and stay out of the way. People only miss the convenience features when you take it away from them, because frankly, they are so well designed and integrated that the user does not even know they’re there as they use those features in an intuitive and natural manner.

Your average computer user might never say that they find the flicker at the start of the Operating System a bit daunting or cheap looking, but when they switch between an OSX desktop and a Linux desktop subconsciously the fluid interface does register in their mind. The result of that is all the praise we hear about the gorgeous OSX interface.

and from ITWire: and more Itwire


I could prattle on further about how fast and free this new Ubuntu system is but I think I want to put this thing through its paces under working conditions a little longer. I also want to see how this thing works in a hybrid network of Windows and Linux computers. Stay tuned. Oh, I'm not that anal about back-ups; I want to see what can be arranged without resorting to the command line.

And from Ars Technica


Final thoughts
Ubuntu 7.10 provides an unparalleled desktop Linux experience and sets new standards for power and ease of use. This release lives up to Ubuntu's reputation and delivers cutting-edge new features and solid enhancements. Although Ubuntu 7.10 is very impressive, some of the new additions—particularly Compiz and Tracker—lack the polish and robustness that they need to truly shine. These technologies are still a work in progress and give Ubuntu 7.10 a slightly unfinished feel. Ubuntu also unfortunately inherits some of the minor weaknesses of the GNOME desktop environment.

And from the site


In conclusion I can clearly see where some improvements have been made in Ubuntu 7.10 however for me any improvement that was made has largely been overshadowed by the flaws I have come across. Granted not all the things I have talked about in this article were huge problems but when you add them all up you don't get a very good feeling about this version of Ubuntu. Hopefully the problems listed here will be taken care of with future upgrades to Ubuntu.[/quote

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