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Thumbs up for ubuntu. While ubuntu's not one of my favorite distros, I still think that it's a good distro. Ubuntu has made a really big help to the linux community especially to new users that has shifted to linux.
I've been an Ubuntu user since 6.04. I had been a Suse user. Every release improves on the past from both a features and performance perspective. Long time Linux users are accustomed to having to tweak to get things to work. 7.10 is the first release I've seen that didn't require tweaks to work.
I've been using Ubuntu since Sept '06, and of all the distros in my sig, it's still the only one that installed flawlessly and runs properly on my system without a lot of tweaking and configuring. That might not be everyone's story, but it's mine.
BTW- I recently installed the Kubuntu desktop (KDE), and I like it a lot better. Control features are consolidated, e.g. screen resolution, themes, wallpaper, screensaver, etc are all in one place, and the System Settings menu is similar to Window's Control Panel, as opposed to Gnome having separate GUIs for everything, and they're scattered across different menus. Also, KDE runs faster on my system.
Cheers, and Good Luck with your little cousin's system!
I switched to Ubuntu for my daily driver from Fedora as Fedora was too unstable for me, around FC3-FC6. FC7 finally would not install on my Dell Inspiron laptop (problematic ATI X1400 video card) so I've been staying with Ubuntu. I love it. Even the wife can maintain the Ubuntu desktop without resorting to the CLI. I have installed Ubuntu on several friend's machines and have found very few problems. I usually install Ubuntu and then add KDE, but for Gutsy I will go with Kubuntu.
i also fine ubuntu pretty much problem free and why a problem dose occur i can normally fix it with ease or come to the linux community and the problem will be well known and they will give me plenty of help and support as well as explain what is going on so i know what i am doing instead of just doing it !
the only problem that i don't think ever will fix is its to easy i love ubuntu for its ease but some times i think its just to simple and takes some of the fun out of ubuntu but all in all ubuntu is good i think if it wasn't this easy i would be complaining it was to difficult im one of those people that just cant be pleased
I was going to put Yay or Nay, but I had to do something and didn't feel like typing it.
FYI "What say you?" is a question ask by Bill O'Reilly... It means What do you think?
"What say you" substantially pre-dates Bill O'Reilly.
However, "What do everybody think" is bad grammar - although it might go over ok in "the hood".
Further, "is a question ask by Bill..." is also bad grammar.
So the bad grammar complaint is upheld, rather firmly.
Beyond that, a yes or no answer to a question as broad as the one you ask is not particularly useful.
For myself, I like parts of Ubuntu and don't like other parts. I don't like the way it handles su; if I want to be root I'll damn well be root and I don't like having to fight with the OS to accomplish that. If I want to run graphical tools (such as editors) as root, I get royally pissed off when the OS won't let me.
I like how easily it updates. I don't think its installer is all it is cracked up to be; the last time I installed a copy as a dual boot on an XP laptop, if I had not known exactly what I was doing, it would have cheerfully blown away the XP installation without telling me.
The wireless networking tools provided with it are not up to snuff, though this is a Linux-wide problem and not an Ubuntu problem per se.
I don't like the way it wants to provide a splash screen on boot; I want to see the boot process happening so that I know in real time what needs to be fixed or optimized.
Other than those things...it is a Linux distro with all the advantages and disadvantages that implies.
I looked at both it and Kubuntu 7.1.0. I am still huddled wondering where I can find an OS that works and is as easy to use as I would like. I thought to have to draw down a menu to close a tab defeats the whole idea of tabbed browsing. Yes, you can select a close button in configuration, but after selecting it, I still didn't have it. If somebody knows of a distro that works, let me know.