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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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Ubuntu 10.10: The perfect Ubuntu version

Posted 06-03-2010 at 07:56 PM by Kenny_Strawn
Updated 06-13-2010 at 10:55 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Removed profanity as example to other members)

Here are several reasons why Ubuntu 10.10 will be the most innovative version of Ubuntu there is, surpassing the Lynx:

First of all, Ubuntu's releases are exactly a month after GNOME releases; the GNOME release in question for 10.10 will be 3.0. This is definitely a good thing, as the current GNOME menus and panel tend to get very cluttered and unreliable. They have an odd way of managing windows (in some cases resembling Micro$uck WinBloze XPee) and a very unorganized layout of the panels (three separate menus, shortcuts in odd places, and notifications that get in the way of your work).

GNOME 3.0 will fix these flaws with GNOME Shell, a dramatic change to the GNOME experience, as you can see in those two screenshots. And since it already is in Alpha 1 of 10.10, Ubuntu will have the perfect UI design.

Secondly, btrfs will be implemented as an optional file system. It is by far one of the most innovative FSes out there, having such things as snapshot writing, subvolumes, extent-based file storage, and many other useful goodies. It will be included as an optional partition type and Ubuntu will probably have a modified GRUB that can boot from it.

Third, there is a console that allows current GNOME preferences applications to affect GNOME Shell. This means such a change as this (Note the 24-hour clock with seconds and the date), plus other apps that allow the preferences of GNOME Shell to be changed, such as overview preferences, app menu preferences, and user menu preferences. It for sure will be implemented in Ubuntu 10.10.

To wrap this up, I hope I get positive comments out of this blog entry, even though most people here are Slackware users. In my case, I tried the Gentoo CD, and it was a real pain in the buttocks, since it was all terminal and wireless was IMPOSSIBLE to set up. However, you guys can try distros like it if you want. I prefer being able to get wireless, which works better with the GUI.

Simply put, I really feel that, for the sake of Wi-Fi, Ubuntu is a very good way to go. Security keys and passwords are easy to type in when you have a GUI-based distro like Ubuntu, and, back on topic, I hope 10.10 can make adapter support even better than it already is. This, and I also am testing 10.10 Alpha 1 right now, loving it so far.
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  1. Old Comment
    How to learn other distributions and operating systems:
    make each a hobby/side project.
    On Ubuntu: I use older releases which have a PowerPC live CD as an emergency disk.
    Posted 06-03-2010 at 09:03 PM by Mr-Bisquit Mr-Bisquit is offline
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    Mr. Bisquit: On learning other distributions, I know it's hard. I know how to use Ubuntu, Pendrive Linux (based on Mandriva and designed for live USB sticks), Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu and more stable), gOS (based on Ubuntu), Linpus, Google Chrome OS, Android-x86, and plenty of other distros, but not without learning first, and some distros were a pain in the buttocks as I had said. Especially DIY distros such as Gentoo, Slackware, and Debian, whose Wi-Fi security support, especially from the Live CD, is absolutely nil. I found absolutely no wireless networks from the Gentoo Live CD, whereas from the Ubuntu CD I found many on both of my computers. And even with Ubuntu I had trouble at first. I tried using a Linksys USB network adapter with it and found absolutely NO networks. I then switched to a PCI Wireless-N Dual-band and Ubuntu picked up all the networks in my neighborhood. Guess Linux likes internal network adapters better.
    Posted 06-04-2010 at 05:53 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
    Updated 06-13-2010 at 10:54 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Removed obfuscated profanity as an example to other members)
  3. Old Comment
    I also found wireless a pain. I just got a set of ethernet to co-ax adapters, so I can use the coaxial cables already in the walls for networking. No more wireless hassles and no more 50-foot CAT5 cable hanging from the router in the 1st floor to my computer on the 2nd!
    Posted 06-06-2010 at 12:31 PM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline
    Updated 06-13-2010 at 10:57 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Removed deprecated sentence. It is deprecated because I had edited my comment and post to remove profanity)
  4. Old Comment
    Update: The Maverick Meerkat will include Unity, a Mutter-based UI for netbooks that looks a lot like GNOME Shell in the netbook edition but not GNOME Shell itself in the desktop edition. The reason for this is that GNOME 3.0 has been delayed yet a second time to be released a full year behind original schedule in March 2011, possibly in time for 11.04 "Natty Narwhal".

    That said, I actually like Unity's OS X Dock-like side pane a lot better than GNOME Shell's Overview.

    To develop a desktop form factor for Unity would be extremely easy: Just reposition the launcher pane to the bottom of the screen, place the window controls on the window, and make sure the windows are not always maximized. You're all set!

    I would expect such a UI modification to possibly make its way into the Natty Narwhal by Alpha 3.
    Posted 08-22-2010 at 02:11 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline


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