More on UbuntuJuly 20, 2006
Okay, I decided to try Ubuntu again as I felt my review in the last post gave it the short shrift. I was writing from memory so I decided to try to write with the thing in front of me and give something akin to a more detailed review from a newbie of the live DVD.
I spent more time with Ubuntu and I’m sorry, but my view of it has not warmed much. I am warming to the Gnome desktop, with the taskbar on the top with its menus.
I stuck a USB SD card reader in, to see if it would recognize it. The good news is that it did. The bad news is that while I could locate both my hard drives, I could not browse through them. This live CD would not be very useful for data recovery or trouble shooting.
I counted the applications. It wasn’t difficult, since there are only 18 of them that load on live DVD mode, with 4 of those being parts of the OOo suite. However, there are 16 games that load. Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?
The initial task was trying to see if I could watch and capture video using my capture card. While Ubuntu could “see” the card, there were no applications for watching, much less capturing video.
There’s an example file folder with various documents and examples of things made with the Open Office suite, some video and audio files. But really nothing in the way of a tutorial that might be useful for a newbie. XP had a tutorial. I think Win98 had a tutorial. If you can get Nelson Mandela to explain the concept of Ubuntu, would it be so hard to present a bit more in the way of guidance with this thing?
So my second assessment is pretty much the same as the first; Ubuntu is a cow. I saw nothing on that live DVD that gave me any sort of urge to install the thing. Am I asking too much?
With all of the noise people have been making about this release, I feel kind of dumb. Am I the only one to see that this distro has no clothes?!? Of the 4 distros I have tried and reviewed, Ubuntu seems to offer the least of all “out of the box.” A DVD can hold over 4 GB of info, and THIS is what I get?
Basically, Ubuntu is a bare bones OS, with a few extra things. You’ll get more online, provided you’re not using dial up. I’m not going to be playing much more with it or talking much more about it short of some big revelation that makes it worth booting. I’ll see how it likes the network at school, but that will be about it. I’ll read what others write about, mainly to see if I can understand what all the fuss is about.
I’m also feeling a bit misled by a Linux community that has become so rabid for this distro which lacks so much.