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"This release includes updated server, desktop, and alternate installation CDs for the i386 and amd64 architectures. This is the first maintenance release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2013 on desktops and April 2015 on servers. Numerous post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
everything works, stable
Dont like the name
Only issue I had was getting broadcom wireless to work right. The "wl" driver was all I needed to fix it. All other apps work great. I recommend this for beginners. My gf is using it also while being a newb linux user.
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 1
Good price, nice wall paper image
Unstable, hard for windows user, bad menu button placement
Things were very wrong from the start. The standard install cd image has a bug that causes the install program to be unable to mount the cdrom. This forces users to use the DVD image or use the internet install cdrom. The ubuntu team has to know about this because I found several post about it when researching a solution on google.
The default window menu buttons are on the wrong side of the window and in the wrong order. The arangement makes my eyes hurt.
Flash is constantly crashing in firefox and chrome. They could have at least selected a stable version of flash. I do not have that issue on other distros.
The shutdown button in the GUI did not even work. I had to shut the system down in a termanal using sudo shutdown -h now. You should not have to know linux commands if you run a n00b distro.
My attempt to convert a windows user ended in complete disappointment. If that was my first linux experience I would still be running windows.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10
Stable, all the basics are easy to setup and just work; Multimedia, flash, etc.
I hate purple, lol.
For all the basics, internet browsing, mp3's, java, even dvd's with the right codecs works. Of course my favorite media player is VLC so I installed that right off.
Nvidia drivers work, I have compiz and emerald set up and all works fine.
I am not sure why people have an issue with Ubuntu 10.04.1. Other then the games issue, which is not the fault of Ubuntu, everything is perfect for Windows users making the switch. The only thing would be the menu buttons on the left side. I personally hate them there so I just, simply, changed the theme. I also move the panel to the bottom and deleted the other one. I like Gnome but being a Windows user myself for a very long time I am just use to it on the bottom.
The menu's themselves are not cluttered with a large amount of programs to confuse new users, especially coming from Windows. However many programs can easily be installed with Ubuntu Software Center. More advanced users can also install programs they want with other methods.
Distribution: Slackware, Gentoo (trying to) on the laptop
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 4
Allows people to run something other than Mac or Windows
Too much like Windows, and Mac
Ubuntu is great for people wanting to transition out of Windows. To me, it serves such a purpose well. In terms of getting users into the linux mindset, it doesn't do this very well. A lot of hand holding does take place, and that's probably the major reason why I went from this, to Slackware.
Granted, dependencies were taken care of, but I sensed the bloat early on. I don't know what's under the hood as easily as what I would find out with Slackware.
Another thing was, how often I'd have to input my password when I installed stuff, or asked if I wanted this or that to happen (the too Windows part of it).
I just realized, the control advertised by Linux users, is easily lost in a Ubuntu environment.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Fast, and reliable. Updates are simple and haven't broken my system yet.
Figuring out how to allow "root" login is not very straight-forward.
I did both a clean install of 10.04, and an upgrade from 9.10. We'll deal with the upgrade first.
Upgrade from 9.10;
After a very lengthy download, all the upgradeable packages were downloaded and installed. I had anticipated a glitch on the reboot, but was pleasantly surprised that the reboot was non-eventful, and I was soon logged into my home directory.
Forewarned that I would have to re-install xscreensaver, as gnome-screensaver is installed by default, I did that first, and that was accomplished without any surprises.
Everything else "just worked."
All-in-all, this upgrade went very much like I want all of my airline flights to go. That is to say routine and uneventful, with a bit of snooze-time available, should I desire it.
Clean install of 10.04;
This clean install seemed to go a bit faster that the clean install of 9.10. Since I didn't actually clock either of the installs, I can only go by my perception, but I can safely say that I did NOT find the install to be tedious.
Ubuntu 10.04 installs with GRUB-PC (GRUB2) as default. There are many who tout the wonders of GRUB-PC. I am not among them. On every occasion of using GRUB-PC, my other multi-boot installations have been misidentified as to their locations, e.g. Ubuntu 9.10 actually resides, on my system, on /dev/sda. GRUB-PC incorrectly indicated that it was on /dev/sdb, causing my machine to only boot to the newly installed Ubuntu 10.04 which resided on /dev/sdb. The workaround for this problem is to, when the installation gets to the screen displaying where the install will be installed, and choosing where to install the MBR, install the MBR onto /dev/sdb instead of the default /dev/sda. Then you'll have to boot to your other o.s., and manually edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file indicating where the new installation of 10.04 resides. Else, read the books on GRUB-PC, and learn how to edit the appropriate files to correct this problem. In addition to that somewhat vexing problem, I personally think the default boot splash is just plain UGLY!! There are a few tutorials on the Ubuntu forums site on customizing GRUB-PC, but, for my tastes, I found it much more desirable to uninstall GRUB-PC, and install GRUB. No muss! No fuss! And it works just fine. I will forgo the dubious advantages of GRUB-PC until I no longer have any choice in the matter. At which time, I will use one of the mentioned tutorials, and customize GRUB-PC to my tastes. Hopefully, by then, it will have improved so that it no longer misidentifies the location of other installations.
That was an awful lot to say just about that, but, I suppose you can tell that I was more that a little annoyed. On with it.....
The rest of the install, the part where I reinstall all of my favorite programs and applications was easy, using Synaptic. 10.04 ships with the new Ubuntu Software Center where you can choose the same things as with Synaptic, but, for me, Synaptic works well, and I've become very familiar with it over the last 9 years.
The new "Light" theme is not as attractive, to me, as the previous Ubuntu theme, but because the boot time is so fast, (about 22 seconds for my box) I don't have to look at it very long before I'm logged in and looking at my own desktop drapes.
The relative times required for either the upgrade or the clean install are approximately the same. What you gain from having your entire system upgraded, you pay for with downloading files. Yet, downloading the xx.iso, and burning it takes some time and involvement too. A toss-up, I'd say.
This is an excellent LTS for Ubuntu. A "keeper" in my books!
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 1
system not working
I also updated my laptop Ubuntu op sys from 9.x to 10.04 after I received a notice that it is available. It was entirely from this prompt. I didn't do anything manually.
Now I receive the message a number of other users have:
"The configuration defaults for Gnome Power Manager have not been installed correctly. Please contact your computer administrator."
I have tried ESC and booting to one of the 7 or 8 options. Not successful. If I allow itto boot till it stops I have a non-responsive keyboard, with the above message. I have tried everything that I see on these message boards and nothing works. I cannot get a boot disk to load since it seems to not recognize the CD drive.