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"The Ubuntu Studio team is proud to announce its sixth release: Ubuntu Studio 9.10 'Karmic Koala'. With this release, which you can download in a 1.4 GB DVD, Ubuntu Studio offers a pre-made selection of packages, targeted at audio producers, video producers and graphic designers. Ubuntu Studio greatly simplifies the Linux-based multimedia workstation. Features: official upstream real-time kernel; font meta package added to the graphics meta, which installs hundreds of free fonts; Xwax and a2jmidid packaged and added to the audio meta-package; Xjadeo added to the video meta; Firewire libraries are now upgraded to 2.0...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Very good at what it does
not that good for anything but studio work
I tried this out, but went back to normal ubuntu within 48 hours. It works beautifully as a linux studio, but isn't that easy to get it working for other stuff aswell. It also lacks alot of the new features of ubuntu 9.10, including a gui installer, ubuntu one, software, gnome-network-manager, email/chat client, just to name a few. It would only put this on a box that would be used for media production. (you can't even connect to the internet with it!!!)
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Ability to encrypt the drive and the home folder
Hung once on install. likes a clean hard drive
Using it now initially not satisfied. During first week started having trouble booting up. Will put it aside for now and look into it more later. Well put aside for two days and started again last night. booted up nicely for first night. Curiously three different messenger service's don't work properly. Turned on effects and use the Gimp, and Firefox of course. Put a few screenlets on too. Every thing else seems to be working ok. All and all I think this is a good distro and worthy of working with. Heck who knows, the trouble could be this old machine. Had to completely wipe the HD's to get the LVM and encryption feature to work. Last weekend I loaded it on a different machine.It doesn't have trouble booting up any more. It doesn't have trouble doing anything. Have compiz set to max and speed dial on Firefox with adblock turned on. A couple days later I put on V box so I could run XP and access my work training modules. So far so good. Brings me the point of saying why I use Linux. In summary a very customizable distribution.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
worked out of the box
none so far
I have been able to utilize the same functions I used on Ubuntu 9.04: email, connecting to the Internet via Firefox, Seamonkey Composer, audio editing and playing, burning CDs and DVDs, etc. Visual Effects is turned off as default but I don't need that. Using AMD64.
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
Improved usability and apperance
Too many bugs. Slow boot (w/o "tune-up")
I've been using Ubuntu since 7.10 and it has improved a lot but in this release I think they rushed with features that weren't tested enough.
I had bought a new laptop (Lenovo t400) so I decided to give 9.10 a try instead of sticking with Intrepid Ibex. I had many issues with the graphics, as the ATI support for linux drivers is weak and Ubuntu's propietary-driver installer (jockey?) crashed my X and disabled me from logging in.
The desktop and appearance in general have been improved but there still are weird things going on when switching toolbar's layout to vertical (either left or right).
Also, boot time took too long, which obviosuly wasn't expected in a brand new computer. Googling I found out this was a common issue and could be solved installing some packages.
So, after all, it is a good release but not stable enough for production use. I really expect Canonical to solve the many small bugs in the next release, due in April. Remember it will be LTS so stability (not appearance improvements) and reliability SHOULD BE the main concern.