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There's a new version of Ubuntu out tomorrow (18th Oct). For those who do not know what it is, Ubuntu is a free Operating System than can either replace Microsoft Windows or run alongside it via du…
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9y, 5m agoFound 9 years, 5 months ago
There's a new version of Ubuntu out tomorrow (18th Oct).

For those who do not know what it is, Ubuntu is a free Operating System than can either replace Microsoft Windows or run alongside it via duel boot or virtualisation (virtualization if you are American). It is designed to be very user friendly and because it is based on Debian Linux it is extremely stable and secure. The new version comes with all sorts of eye candy to rival that in Windows Vista and will run on much lower specification machines. It is also worth noting that as with previous versions you can run Ubuntu from CD to try it out before installing it, although obviously it wont perform as well from CD.

Information on getting Ubuntu is availible here: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu, basically you can either download it or send off for a free CD and you can read all about what Ubuntu is: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu

From their official blurb:

What is Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more. Ubuntu is free software.

Please remember that until tomorrow most of the site will refer to the old version 7.04 and it may get a tad busy on there tomorrow as last time they released a new version it proved very popular.
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#1
Whats new? Is it going to be worth upgrading from 7.04?
#2
jah128
Whats new? Is it going to be worth upgrading from 7.04?


I've been running the pre-release versions for a few weeks now and quite a bit has changed for the better, most things are now easier I particularly like the new display config stuff, ability to write to NTFS without having to install anything extra and 3D desktop effects. There is a summary of the new stuff here: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/710rc and a quick Google should dig up what other people think of it, I've heard lots of positives myself enough to make me install the potentially buggy pre-release stuff.
#3
openSUSE 10.3 is much better.
#4
Will all the packages I currently use still be available? Sorry if daft question :)
#5
rash
openSUSE 10.3 is much better.


In what respect?
#6
jah128
Will all the packages I currently use still be available? Sorry if daft question :)


Depends what you use, most things like OpenOffice have been upgraded to the latest version and a few new things have been added. I'm sure some things will have been removed somewhere but there is nothing I've noticed that is gone.

EDIT: plus you can always add stuff in yourself if there is anything gone you need.
#7
dark_ixion
In what respect?


My bet: personal preference. Linux users are often fiercely loyal to their distributions. I personally always recommend Ubuntu for first time Linux users as even my mum can use it and it is based on Debian so I know it is stable and secure.

openSUSE is also a very nice distribution though, just different, it is probably better for more experienced Linux users who like to have a tinker under the hood.
#8
Got this on my laptop, touchpad support is a bit ropey had to tweak it to disable it clicking when I move around the touchpad... and sometimes if it wakes from standby I loose the touchpad... Generally ok tho!

Will this not update using the update utility in 7.04?
#9
MrCarl
Got this on my laptop, touchpad support is a bit ropey had to tweak it to disable it clicking when I move around the touchpad... and sometimes if it wakes from standby I loose the touchpad... Generally ok tho!


Touchpad support is one of the things that's supposed to be better in 7.10.

MrCarl
Will this not update using the update utility in 7.04?


Yes instructions for the release candidate here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GutsyUpgrades I assume the final version will use the same or similar method.
#10
I found a PC in the recycling at Tesco in the rain.
Took it home, dried it off. It had no HD or CD, slapped a CD drive I had in and got a 30gb drive of Ebay for a tenner.
Wasnt going to pay for a copy of windows so I tried a few different distributions until I settled on Ubuntu. I think its great.
#11
Just went to the Kent download mirror link from the Ubuntu site, and it looks like they have it available to download already. I'm assuming the rc in the file name means "release candidate"?
http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/releases.ubuntu.com/7.10/
#12
rash
openSUSE 10.3 is much better.


you forgot to put the sarcasm smiley after that statement.

You can also download or get free DVD's from: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html
#13
The site's now all updated for the new version: http://www.ubuntu.com/.
#14
if I had windows and wanted to replace it with this as my os, would all my installed programs, files etc. appear after i've installed this?

thanks for any help. Windows drives me mad.
#15
Virginmedia users may find it faster via http://mirrors.virginmedia.com/.

Mind you, should this be in the free software thread instead of the main freebies?
#16
ABCADDELL
if I had windows and wanted to replace it with this as my os, would all my installed programs, files etc. appear after i've installed this?

thanks for any help. Windows drives me mad.


Unfortunately, they won't. If you install this, you'll have a 'clean' installation of Ubuntu with only the basic software that comes with Ubuntu installed, and you won't be able to install or run your programs either, because Windows software isn't compatible with Ubuntu. Whether your files will work under Ubuntu depends on what files you have. 'Open' formats (that's to say, formats like .txt documents, where the file encoding method is public domain material) will work fine, but 'closed' or 'propietory' formats (where the method of encoding the data is patented by its developers to stop unlicensed developers being able to use their files) probably won't work. They might, if you spend a while googling for an app that can read them, but I wouldn't count on it.


Oh, and it gets worse - there's a good chance that Ubuntu won't work with some of your hardware. This means that your monitor might look all blurry because it won't run at the correct resolution, your digital camera or MP3 player might not be compatible, you might not be able to access the internet because your modem isn't recognised or because your network interface card doesn't work under Linux, you might lose sound because your soundcard isn't recognised, all kinds of things. All in all, it's really not going to make things easier for you. Ubuntu won't be a worthwhile Windows replacement for at least another three versions yet, by my reckoning.

D'you want to put a post over in Misc about why Windows is doing your nut in, though? Might be able to suggest somethign useful there.
#17
ABCADDELL
if I had windows and wanted to replace it with this as my os, would all my installed programs, files etc. appear after i've installed this?

thanks for any help. Windows drives me mad.


Short answer no it doesn't work like that, long answer kind of.....

You see Ubuntu is based on Linux so your Windows programs wont run on it, however there are many of the same programs available for Linux and those that aren't availible will have equivalents that are just as good or in some cases better (There are even ways to run Windows programs on Linux, but that's a discussion best left till you are more confident with the system). Ubuntu includes a wizard to help you switch over from Windows to try and ease the progression when you do install, although I'd recommend running it from the CD first so you can try it without effecting your Windows set up. You see you can run the whole thing from CD to try it out first and only have click on install when you're comfortable with it and you've seen if it works on your system, if you don't like it just whip out the CD and get on with your Windows life. So there really is nothing to lose.

Also I wouldn't pay too much attention to what dxx is saying, you can happily run Windows and Ubuntu side by side on the same system if you so wish. So even when you do decide to install it after trying it out you can still keep Windows just in case you come across a problem. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to do just that, it's called dual booting. You will be able to open all your Microsoft Office documents in OpenOffice which is included in Ubuntu and there are many many more useful programs pre-installed on the system. Also what dxx says about it not working is a fallacy, chances are it will work straight away with no need to install any drivers etc. like you do with windows, however if you do have some less common hardware that it struggles with it may require a delve into the world of command lines which is what often scares people away from Linux, although again there's plenty of help out there if you need it, ubuntuforums.org and help.ubuntu.com are great resources.
banned#18
megalomaniac
Short answer no it doesn't work like that, long answer kind of.....

You see Ubuntu is based on Linux so your Windows programs wont run on it, however there are many of the same programs available for Linux and those that aren't availible will have equivalents that are just as good or in some cases better (There are even ways to run Windows programs on Linux, but that's a discussion best left till you are more confident with the system). Ubuntu includes a wizard to help you switch over from Windows to try and ease the progression when you do install, although I'd recommend running it from the CD first so you can try it without effecting your Windows set up. You see you can run the whole thing from CD to try it out first and only have click on install when you're comfortable with it and you've seen if it works on your system, if you don't like it just whip out the CD and get on with your Windows life. So there really is nothing to lose.

Also I wouldn't pay too much attention to what dxx is saying, you can happily run Windows and Ubuntu side by side on the same system if you so wish. So even when you do decide to install it after trying it out you can still keep Windows just in case you come across a problem. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to do just that, it's called dual booting. You will be able to open all your Microsoft Office documents in OpenOffice which is included in Ubuntu and there are many many more useful programs pre-installed on the system. Also what dxx says about it not working is a fallacy, chances are it will work straight away with no need to install any drivers etc. like you do with windows, however if you do have some less common hardware that it struggles with it may require a delve into the world of command lines which is what often scares people away from Linux, although again there's plenty of help out there if you need it, ubuntuforums.org and help.ubuntu.com are great resources.


cant you use VMware or something to run ubuntu and windows at the same time?
#19
hayton2k3
cant you use VMware or something to run ubuntu and windows at the same time?


Yup, although personally I use VirtualBox, it's dead easy to set up: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox follow the "Open Source Edition on 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon" instructions to get it set up on the latest version of Ubuntu.
#20
Ubuntu is geared towards us Microsoft users, it is very user friendly (and secure), plenty of forum support...I use it on an older laptop, and it works with my wireless network. I was frightened of Linux until I tried Ubuntu on a bootable disc, and with open office and firefox I can leave my missus with her Windows and have breathed new life into an old Lappy.
#21
so basically is UBUNTU going to take us by the hand to get the basics up and running - email / internet / wireless
.............. playing MP3 / video / DVD / Divx
............basic word processing

...............recognising our USB devices -card readers - external usb hard drives - and allow any drivers to be installed if needed


If it does all that within a easy to use graphical interface ( a la windows) - AND NO SHELL / COMMAND LINE COMMANDS NECESSARY then its worth going for

can anyone who has used ubuntu confirm that it will do all this ? - not too much to ask is it ? :)

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