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The First Linux rush

Posted 05-08-2007 at 01:23 AM by bertmag

Found out a couple of the distro disks had a "run from disk" option. Plugged in the Ubuntu disk and booted up. Nice. One of my big beefs with Red Hat was how primative the GUI was compared to Windows. Doesn't seem to be a problem any more. Didn't have high expectations, and therefore was not disappointed. Had tried Linspire previously on "boot from disk" and knew the potential problems.

It didn't find my printer so had to configure that manually. No big deal. Been there, done that. Got the printer recognized and made the mistake of printing a test page. What is the use of a test page that uses up all the ink?

No modem, of course. My Linux modem should be in tomorrow.

Nice little set of apps on the Ubuntu disk. Tried a little bit of the photo browser. Nice, if not quite as intuitive as ACDSee. Also didn't handle damaged photos at all, whereas ACDSee will generally show them with a few lines missing. Not a big problem. Tried the Photoshop wannabe. Nice full range of editing options. Only a few of them I tried caused the program to crash. Most worked.

Tried the movie viewer. Apparently the distro disk has NO CODECS on it, so no movies were playable. The program went right to the Internet, however, to find the CODECs. See Modem above. Who needs movies anyway.

The biggest disappointment was the music player. Simply could not get it to make a sound or play a song. Tried opening from file, tried creating a playlist, tried dragging and dropping, tried double clicking and telling it (when it asked) to use Music Player. Nothing. Well, I will not be running from disk and I will not be using Ubuntu in any event. But still, you would think that the developers would include a working music player!

Debian's turn next.
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