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Anyone got Ubuntu 8.04

spobby Avatar
8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
Is it any good?
Worth getting, as im considering it?

Sorry if their is something similar
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Been using the beta for a while, its excellent, not that different to 7.10 but some of the differences are very nice :)

Its free so how could it not be worth getting :giggle:
#2
I dunno, i just don't wanna download 700mb to find its poo!.
Do you have to burn to cd or can i use dameon tools to install?
#3
i have been using ubuntu - or to be more precise kubuntu - for quite a while (and several other linux distros for years and years before) although haven't yet upgraded to ver 8.
yes, it's good, but of course mainly because it's linux:-)
banned#4
how do you reckon linux would run on my ultra portable?

pentium m 750mhz
512 ram
18gb hdd?

is it fully mouse operated now or do you still have t use command line for some stuff?
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spobby;1960391
I dunno, i just don't wanna download 700mb to find its poo!.
Do you have to burn to cd or can i use dameon tools to install?


Its a complete OS so you really need to burn it to a disc (although you can run it from CD, its much slower than actually installing it)...

Its not poo definately, although there is a bit of an initial learning curve... Download should be pretty quick although expect the servers to be hammered today (torrent might be the best way to go...)
#6
imranmaz;1960409
how do you reckon linux would run on my ultra portable?

pentium m 750mhz
512 ram
18gb hdd?

is it fully mouse operated now or do you still have t use command line for some stuff?


You can get away with just the mouse but things like setting up wireless networking might require a bit of console work - the Ubuntu forums are the best place to look if you have any problem. It should run well enough on your system although you might find the lighter Xubuntu a bit faster - I'd probably give it a try and see. You really need at least 6GB for the Linux partition as I found out to my cost when I tried to use only 5 - that quickly filled up - but its much more lightweight than Windows (especially Vista).
banned#8
oooooh Xubuntu is niiiicee (big pic sorry!)

http://goto.glocalnet.net/mrazster/Linux/xubuntu_7.04_dark2.png
#9
jah128
You can get away with just the mouse but things like setting up wireless networking might require a bit of console work - the Ubuntu forums are the best place to look if you have any problem.


Yeah, it's still lacking in user friendliness in some areas. For example I was going to use the Xubuntu CD (7.04 I think) to run memtest the other day. I put the CD in the drive and the nice looking bootup menu came up, but nothing worked. Knowing how Linux is, it didn't take me long to start to suspect my USB keyboard, so I shutdown, plugged in a PS/2 one, and it worked fine.

That pretty much typifies my experience with Linux, it looks nice and it's often got some great features but at times it can be really unfriendly and backwards. The windows CD doesn't have any useful utilities on it and looks like it was designed ten years ago but I can't imagine that failing at something as basic as keyboard support.

EDIT: I would still encourage people to try Linux of some flavour though, but just don't be in a rush to switch until you know it.
banned#10
Ive been meaning to trial it out again for yonks now. (My first attempt I wasnt all that impressed with!)

So in terms of apps to run this OS, what are the limitations?
#11
EndlessWaves;1961784
Yeah, it's still lacking in user friendliness in some areas. For example I was going to use the Xubuntu CD (7.04 I think) to run memtest the other day. I put the CD in the drive and the nice looking bootup menu came up, but nothing worked. Knowing how Linux is, it didn't take me long to start to suspect my USB keyboard, so I shutdown, plugged in a PS/2 one, and it worked fine.

That pretty much typifies my experience with Linux, it looks nice and it's often got some great features but at times it can be really unfriendly and backwards. The windows CD doesn't have any useful utilities on it and looks like it was designed ten years ago but I can't imagine that failing at something as basic as keyboard support.

EDIT: I would still encourage people to try Linux of some flavour though, but just don't be in a rush to switch until you know it.


To be fair thats not a Linux issue really - DOS bootloaders also wouldn't recognise the USB keyboard. To solve the problem you can usually go into your computers bios menu and enable 'legacy USB support' or 'USB keyboard/mouse support' which are generally disabled by default. Of course getting around the bios menus using only a USB keyboard also wont work until they are enabled - kind of a catch-22 situation.
#12
guv;1962121
Ive been meaning to trial it out again for yonks now. (My first attempt I wasnt all that impressed with!)

So in terms of apps to run this OS, what are the limitations?


Well, Firefox 3 is the best web-browser, Thunderbird is probably the best email client, Open-Office is a pretty good office suite, Gimp is an excellent image processing utility, and for anything a bit more specialised there are usually dozens of alternative options... You generally speaking cannot run apps written for Windows (although it is possible using Wine or similar) but the library of open-source apps is vast. The only problem I guess is most the apps are a lot less polished than retail equivalents (Firefox, OO and Thunderbird excluded) and generally require a bit of trial-and-error/reading to get them to do exactly what you want.

The method of installing software on Ubuntu (or Debian based linux in general) is so vastly superior to Windows that I think Ubuntu has a real chance of eating into MSs market share (once they have finally sorted out making wireless networking a bit easier to install).
#13
i upgraded from 7.10 to 8.04 yesterday (torrent is definitely the way to go. i was seeing the fastest downspeed on my line that id ever seen) the wireless problems that i had in 7.10 have been fixed and this system worked straight 'out of the box' with one exception. everything displayed is cast over with a shade of green, except the blue bits which are really blue! im going to have another go at it late cause i didnt have long yesterday. Anything you lot can suggest?

ps. my usb keyboard worked fine

pss with regard to installed apps, the synaptic manager is a really good way of installing applications, much better than windows, in my opinion. just search for the packages you want click the check boxs and then hit install. and then its done

pss tetravex and mahjong are very addictive and should not be played if you need to do work
#14
jah128
To be fair thats not a Linux issue really - DOS bootloaders also wouldn't recognise the USB keyboard. To solve the problem you can usually go into your computers bios menu and enable 'legacy USB support' or 'USB keyboard/mouse support' which are generally disabled by default. Of course getting around the bios menus using only a USB keyboard also wont work until they are enabled - kind of a catch-22 situation.


I've not tried any dos bootloaders since I'm not dual-booting at this moment but my bios has had no trouble with the keyboard, after memtest didn't find any problems I reduced my FSB down by 20Hz to see if that helped the problems I was having.

Maybe Linux just doesn't like me ^_^
#15
Have to say i'm very impressed with 8.04.. very nice indeed :)

as a first time linux user it's great!
#16
I have had it installed for a few days now and I am loving it (n00b to Linux as well).

I was using all the free software on a XP machine before so to have all the software and a free operating system is great.

Not really had any problems apart from the Wireless networking but that was sorted fairly quickly.

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