Ubuntu Gutsy Gibson (7.10)


The great debate, which is better Windows OS or Mac OSX? Is Vista or Leopard better? Which operating system is more secure? Which is cheaper or easier to use or which one has the real “Wow” factor? Here enters the third candidate, Linux. Now there are many versions Linux but the build that I’m using and going to talking about is Ubuntu with its new release Gutsy Gibson. I’ve been dual booting Ubuntu and Vista for about a month to a month in a half.
Getting Ubuntu up and running wasn’t very hard to install once I got the right partition set up. I was able to install Ubuntu on a 10GB partition and still have about 4GB of free space after I installed some extra programs that I wanted on there. There were a number of programs that came installed with the system. Some of the major and useful ones are:
• Firefox-Web Browser
• Gimp- Photoshop equivalent
• Open Office-Microsoft Office equivalent, includes word processer, spreadsheet and presentation tool like PowerPoint
• Pidgin-Instant messenger client that supports a lot of different IM clients including AIM, MSN, Yahoo
• Tomboy Notes-Is like post-it-notes combined with a your own Wikipedia
• Evolution-Email client such as Thunderbird or Outlook

For anybody that’s thinking about switching I will give you a “tour” of my desktop and my views on how well Ubuntu works. So go ahead and hit the jump


This is the 3D Cube effect many of the effects come from the Compiz Fusion which is one of the plug-ins that you can install in Ubuntu. The 3D cube is one way to see the different multiple desktops that you can have. The background is a complete 360 Degree picture so you can fully rotate the cube and have a different background.


This is the basic menu of Ubuntu, similar to the start button in Windows. There are 3 menu Applications, Places, and System. Applications of course lists the applications, Places are folders and directories, and System is all the administrative tasks and options. One interesting note about the places and the way Ubuntu is set up is that when dual booting you can view what’s on the other partitions. So for example I can access all of my windows files and folders while in Ubuntu. (To view bigger pictures right click and and click on view image)


This is the dock in Ubuntu. Similar to the task bar on Windows or the dock on Mac. Now this is not the one that comes installed on Ubuntu it’s called Avant Window Navigator (AWN). I think it looks better and is just part of my own customization.


This is one of the types of plug-ins that you can put in AWN dock. It’s similar to the new stacks thing in OS X. You can have it be for any folder or menu you want.


This is a live search feature in Ubuntu. Similar to search in Vista or spotlight in Mac OS X. I haven’t found all that much use for it but maybe I can train myself to use it.


This is the Add and Remove dialogue for Ubuntu. I found it extremely easy to use and it doesn’t require going and finding and downloading anything, it’s all included in that one little box. The best part about installing or uninstalling anything is that you don’t have to restart your computer.


If you’re running a Mac or Windows Vista (sidebar) you probably know what widgets are. Widgets are little applications that tell you different pieces of information. The ones that I have running are Weather, Disk Space and Computer information. They are not always visible only when you hit the F9 key rather easy to use and very informational. (Note that I only have 2.7 GB avalible the OS only takes up about 4 GB of space)


These are some of the different types of task switcher that is available in Ubuntu. Mostly they have a different way of displaying the different tasks but they all accomplish the same thing.


Amarok is the MP3 player of choice for many linux users. I found it very easy to use and fast. One of the best things that I liked was that it would get music off of my windows partition and play that so I could save space.


These are some random plug-ins that add different graphical things to make the experience more enjoyable.

Overall installing and running Ubuntu is really easy and very fast. It doesn’t use up any system resources and I’ve found it’s just really easy to run programs and everything works how it’s supposed to. If you have a old computer laying around I suggest that you should try it out, it’s different and there’s a lot of interesting things you can do with it. I will continue to dual boot it with Vista but I seem to be using it more and more.

(*note I have been meaning to post this since the beginning of December)

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