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Ubuntu version 9.10 Linux Operating System (due for release 29th October)

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A complete operating system for your PC for £0. Much cheaper than Microsoft Windows 7 plus more features than 7, all free. Just download and burn to CD! You can even try before you install without mak… Read More
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A complete operating system for your PC for £0. Much cheaper than Microsoft Windows 7 plus more features than 7, all free. Just download and burn to CD! You can even try before you install without making any changes to your PC! Arguably the best Linux distribution currently available. It is as easy to install as a Microsoft OS, for most PC's it will recognise all your hardware on installation. In the unlikely event something does not work there is a large user base and Google usually comes up trumps with an easy to understand solution. A good, lean, secure, and virus-free alternative to Windows! Ideal for Netbooks and older spec PC's that may struggle with Windows.

Comes with OpenOffice, a viable alternative to Microsoft Office for most users and able to open and save to Microsoft's formats. Also features a searchable Software centre with lots of free software for a variety of purposes. For almost anything you want to do, or could do with a Windows PC, the software is there! A good range of games is also available. And if you miss some of your windows apps there's even WINE, a free WINdows Emulator - but if you're not willing to make the jump straight over to Linux just yet, you can install it next to Windows and choose which loads each time the PC starts.

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#1
Yes, thats true. Its best Linux version and overall FREE! I am using that in my office for last 2 years. Few features are better than Windows. - Virus free. Secure, safe, virus free, non-hanging ... lots of other feature. You can order free CD from ubuntu site (https://shipit.ubuntu.com)
#2
I'm using 9.02 atm and apart from a few flash issues that I had to play about with, I can't fault it on any machine.

If you have an old computer or laptop that is too slow for even Win 2k or XP, Ubuntu should run fast enough on it.

And, if anyone is half interested in it but scared of installing while they have windows you can do two things with the disc, you can play about with it before installing with the disc as like a live demo with the disc in and/or you can install on some free space you have on your HDD already without having to split the HDD yourself or un-install winblows. The install is simple and quick - I'd say give yourself about 10GB of free space though (the install is typically 699MB however)

I say to everyone who uses their computer every day, try it for a week and you aren't convince then go back - at least you tried. But for people who might use their computer only once or twice a week I wouldn't say its worth trying to learn a new tool you don't use much.

ubuntuforums.com will answer any question you want without becoming all tech-snob on you. The community there are more than happy to help anything as long as you do a search first as it'll of probably of already been answered anyway ;-)
#3
i'm running generic linpus on my netbook (AA1) - is this worth sticking on? I generally only use th enetbook to browse and occasionally watch a flick or listen to music on hol.
#4
scrumpypaul
i'm running generic linpus on my netbook (AA1) - is this worth sticking on? I generally only use th enetbook to browse and occasionally watch a flick or listen to music on hol.


Try puppy linux its only a 100mb download,can run of a small usb card, i use version 431 that comes with latest firefox browser + flash, its very fast
#5
might as well try the beta.
#6
scrumpypaul;6696902
i'm running generic linpus on my netbook (AA1) - is this worth sticking on? I generally only use th enetbook to browse and occasionally watch a flick or listen to music on hol.

There's Ubuntu Netbook Remix, specially modified for netbooks. They also have a list of models it has been tested on and the results.
#7
i'm wondering if they'll do a koala remix?
#8
I hope this version is better than the last as I have to say that trying the Live CD previously has always resulted in a hung system or impossible internet connection, so thereby limiting its usefulness.

Puppy on the same system however got a full working system, including wireless within about 10 mins.
#9
scrumpypaul;6697927
i'm wondering if they'll do a koala remix?

There's a beta version so I think they will :thumbsup:
#10
puppy is good if you want to rescue files or use a broken computer at uni, but not really worth using all the time

i tried ubuntu on my laptop but when i plugged my headphones in and played music it came out of the built in laptop speakers as well. it did this on every distro i tried except sabayon...so i stuck with that. the problem has been discussed all over the internet but the solutions either didn't work, confused me or looked like too much effort (editing loads of system files etc)

enjoying sabayon so far though. for those of you who love all these free os', try out haiku, it's ridiculously fast to boot up:

http://www.haiku-os.org/
#11
Heat! Respect! Love Linux! Better than Mac and Windows put together!
#12
For newbies to linux, the Wubi installer for Ubuntu is well worth a mention.

I haven't used it myself but it appears to install Ubuntu as a secondary operating system to Windows from within Windows itself. So, it basically installs Ubuntu like any other program. It'll show up in "add/remove programs" if you want to get rid of it. The whole installation process is done under Windows so no booting from a live CD is required.

http://wubi-installer.org/

No need to burn a CD. Just run the installer, enter a password for the new account, and click "Install", go grab a coffee, and when you are back, Ubuntu will be ready for you.
Wubi is Safe

You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application. Wubi is free of spyware and malware, and being open source, anyone can verify that.
Wubi is Discrete

Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.
#13
I have Ubuntu 9.04 an my netbook - will this be installed as an update or would I need to do a clean install?
#14
Smithers37
Heat! Respect! Love Linux! Better than Mac and Windows put together!


Mac and Linux are both Unix so lots of things about them are the same. One big difference with Mac is that Apple builds the computers the system run on so you can be more sure that their system will run well on their machines. Ubuntu just like Windows has to deal with lots of different hardware setups which can lead to problems.

I upgraded to 9.10 Release Candidate this week and I can't get my system working again. Some problem with the graphics and the only way I can get the system to run is to disable my graphics setup which makes the machine useless for running XBMC.

On the Mac side of things I've never had a bad upgrade in 10 years of running Mac OS X.
#15
Can anyone recommend a Linux distro that works with 3 mobile USB dongles? I've tried Debian and Ubuntu so far but no joy :(
#16
dwl99;6700974
I have Ubuntu 9.04 an my netbook - will this be installed as an update or would I need to do a clean install?


Should come up as an update (will ask if you want to upgrade).

TC!;6700979
One big difference with Mac is that Apple builds the computers the system run on so you can be more sure that their system will run well on their machines.

It's just Intel stuff with a markup of £500 on a similarly specced PC!
#17
Thanks
#18
dwl99
I have Ubuntu 9.04 an my netbook - will this be installed as an update or would I need to do a clean install?


If you have 9.04 you can just upgrade it. This page has good instructions:
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/upgrade-ubuntu-9-04-jaunty-jackalope-to-ubuntu-9-10-karmic-koala-beta.html

I'd wait for the final release though, 29th October.
#19
anewman
It's just Intel stuff with a markup of £500 on a similarly specced PC!

I wasn't trying to turn this into a Mac/Windows/Linux argument, just stating that Mac and Unix have lots of similarities but Mac OS X is written by the people who make the hardware.

Macs have never been cheap but you get the quality you pay for, I've introduced a lot of friends and family to Macs and none of them would ever go back to a PC now. (But your £500 example is just plucking a number out of your a**e!)
#20
zx6r6
Can anyone recommend a Linux distro that works with 3 mobile USB dongles? I've tried Debian and Ubuntu so far but no joy :(


A quick search on google shows that people have got this working on Ubuntu.
This guide talks about unlocking it from 3 but goes onto using it with Ubuntu:
http://stanford-clark.com/3dongle.html
#21
TC!
A quick search on google shows that people have got this working on Ubuntu.
This guide talks about unlocking it from 3 but goes onto using it with Ubuntu:
http://stanford-clark.com/3dongle.html


Thanks for that, I'll give it a try later. I fiddled for ages trying to get it working, bizarrely it didn't occur to me to google it! :oops:
#22
great price (free) - great OS.

I used a 3 USB mobile dongle with ubuntu 8.10 and it didn't need any sort of setup - I just plugged it in , selected 3 and it worked. I dont have the dongle anymore otherwise i would try it.

Orange mobile phone plugged in via USB just worked.
My android phone with wi-fi teather is the best thing ever!
#23
Heat added......if only it was any good for games then I need never bother with Windows again.
#24
I tried Ubuntu 9.04 and my wi-fi just didn't work and I couldn't get it to work. Pity, I was really looking forward to ditching Windows.
#25
0762
I tried Ubuntu 9.04 and my wi-fi just didn't work and I couldn't get it to work. Pity, I was really looking forward to ditching Windows.


did you try using Windows drivers with your wifi card with ndiswrapper?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NDISwrapper

It also helps if you use wicd as a network manager rather than the default one that comes with Ubuntu. IMHO it would be well worth going back & having another go, it's a great OS.
#26
Brilliant, I spent last night backing up my files so that I could install Mandriva tonight, but may as well wait for this release and try this instead, im a daily pc user, no need to play games, just access the internet wirelessly and use office packages (OpenOffice). Used Linux years ago and its looking completely different now. Sick of all the windows XP errors with trying to plug and play the simplest device so will give Ubuntu a try. I did consider a Mac, but hey, a free OS is always worth a try before shelling out some cash!

Heat added!
#27
I've tried out Ubuntu before, but, as a PC gamer, its support for games lets it down. Crossover games can help but it still does not have the compatibility that windows has. Shame, because it is an excellent OS and in my opinion it is the only thing which it lacks over windows. Still, might download it and put it in dual boot. Perfect for a laptop/netbook or non-gaming PC.
#28
TfcIan
I've tried out Ubuntu before, but, as a PC gamer, its support for games lets it down. Crossover games can help but it still does not have the compatibility that windows has. Shame, because it is an excellent OS and in my opinion it is the only thing which it lacks over windows. Still, might download it and put it in dual boot. Perfect for a laptop/netbook or non-gaming PC.


best if you install it via wubi http://wubi-installer.org/ cos if you do it any other way it messes with the Windows boot menu & replaces it with a GRUB.
#29
I would want the server edition but Linux game files are always out later than Windows so we would miss out on releases :x
#30
What are peoples opinions regarding either a fresh install or upgrade from 9.04?
#31
anybody think this is better than vista?
do i just download it and run it and vista will be gone?
thanks
#32
tony_dudz
anybody think this is better than vista?
do i just download it and run it and vista will be gone?
thanks


Whether its better or not depends on what you want to with it. Linux is largely a system loved only by computer geeks; if you're not really into geeky stuff its probably best to stick to Windows and go to 7 rather than stay on Vista :thumbsup:
#33
Jeezeypeeps
Whether its better or not depends on what you want to with it. Linux is largely a system loved only by computer geeks; if you're not really into geeky stuff its probably best to stick to Windows and go to 7 rather than stay on Vista :thumbsup:


yeah but, will it not make my computer faster?
#34
tony_dudz
yeah but, will it not make my computer faster?


Faster depends on what program you are running, starting up and loading something like Open Source it will be faster yes.
#35
ade2j
Faster depends on what program you are running, starting up and loading something like Open Source it will be faster yes.


IT WILL BE EASIER TO USE TOO,
no clunky vista
#36
It's top stuff for anyone who hasnt tried it yet. Running 9.04 on my desktop and the Netbook Remix version on my Acer Aspire One. Both working fine and these latest versions should be even better!
#37
Dual boot on one of my machines with 9.04 and Windows 7


Will be getting this as soon as its out :)
#39
pogologo
What are peoples opinions regarding either a fresh install or upgrade from 9.04?


I'd imagine a fresh install is the way to go if you don't mind starting from scratch. I'm no expert (being relatively new to Ubuntu myself) but i would have thought starting fresh would avoid any bugs that might occur if upgrading from an older build.

Also, if you install fresh, GRUB2 and ext4 are installed (new feature to 9.10). If you do an upgrade, you'll still have the older version of GRUB and ext3.
I can't go into any details of the benefits of them but i'd say ext4 might give you a performance boost. GRUB on the other hand might just add new features?

Personally, i'm going to be doing an upgrade as i can't be bothered with the hassle of starting fresh!
#40
ive got everything working now and its great. way better than vista anyway.
got spotify working too, and the mac osx with reflective 3d dock too, also got google chrome.

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