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Problems with Ubuntu 7.04 Fiesty Fawn

Posted By melwinabraham on May 3, 2007 at 10:47AM

The good stuff aside, I had a number of problems with this release. Fiesty Fawn was supposed to make multimedia easier. Strangely enough I ran into some difficulties with multimedia, as well as with some of the other new features. Here's a list in no particular order:

1. Firefox does not have Flash installed by default. This strikes me as odd since so much multimedia content uses Flash. Shouldn't it be installed by default? Why should the users have to install it themselves?
2. My Nvidia drivers were not installed by default. Initially my desktop resolution was only 1024 x 768. I was able to download the drivers easy from the Add/Remove tool but, given that my video card has been around for ages, Ubuntu should be able to install the drivers automatically for me.

After installation and a reboot, the Nvidia drivers still weren't working: I could not change the screen resolution to anything higher than 1024 x 768. At that point, I gave up. Yes, I know that you can edit config files, etc. to get them working, but frankly I don't care. I have no desire to spend my time trying to fix something that should simply work.

Remember that this version of Ubuntu is supposed to be a desktop version. Who wants to fart around with video drivers in this day and age? I know some people will not like hearing this, but this problem turned me off to this release of Ubuntu.

Compare this problem with Ubuntu with Windows Vista which easily detected my video card and installed the Nvidia drivers so I was able to access a higher resolution right away (though I did have to change the resolution myself). I loathe Vista on a number of levels, but in this situation, it beat Ubuntu by a mile.
3. When I popped a DVD into my computer, Ubuntu did try to search for the appropriate codec. However, I was not able to get the DVD to play.
4. The Windows Migration Tool did not detect my Windows Vista installation and account settings. So no import was done for that information into Ubuntu Linux. I shed no tears about this as I rarely use Windows these days anyway but it would have been nice if it worked. Continued...

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Ubuntu Linux 7.04

Posted By melwinabraham on May 3, 2007 at 10:42AM

It's a tough thing when you're doing a review of a distribution that you want to like but end up having to pan it. The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is called Feisty Fawn, and about all I can see it being good for is venison. We found it to be a real stinker in some ways, despite past versions of Ubuntu having been fairly good.

This version of Ubuntu has a number of new features, including

* Windows Migration tool
* Easier Multimedia
* Plug and Play Network Sharing
* The Linux kernel and Gnome 2.18
As always, installing Ubuntu was easy and fast. I popped the Ubuntu Linux CD into my test computer and booted into a fully functional Ubuntu Linux desktop. From there I clicked on the Installation icon on my desktop and began the process. Since I had full network connectivity, I was able to do other things while the installation was completing.

I opted to install Ubuntu on a box that already had Windows Vista installed so that I could test the migration tool. My test computer is a relatively old machine, but I like using it because it gives me an idea of how well newer versions of Ubuntu run on older hardware. Here are the basic specs:

* AMD Athlox XP 3000+
* Nvidia Geforce 5900 XT
* 160GB Hard Disk

I really do love being able to install Linux this way: Why should my computer be inoperable while installing an operating system? The "live" desktop thing really comes in handy while doing installations. I think all operating systems (Windows, etc.) should have that option when you pop the CD/DVD into your computer.
Ubuntu's installation was quite speedy, it took about 10 minutes or so to complete. There's not too much that can be said about doing an Ubuntu installation. It's pretty easy, even if you've never seen or used it before.

Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn's Included Software

Ubuntu Linux 7.04 comes with a good but not overwhelming selection of software. Here's a list of some of what you'll find in this release:

Office Software
Evolution (personal information manager)
OpenOffice Org (office suite)

Sound and Video
Rhythm Box Music Player
Sound Juicer CD Extractor
Totem Movie Player

Ekiga Softphone
Gaim Instant Messenger
GIMP (image editor)
F-Spot Photo Manager
XSane Image Scanner

Five or More

To add or remove software, just click the Applications panel at the top of your screen and choose Add/Remove. There's a whole bunch of other software that's available with just a click or two of your mouse. The software in the Add/Remove tool is broken down into the following categories:

* Accessibility
* Accessories
* Education
* Games
* Graphics
* Internet
* Office
* Other
* Programming
* Sound & Video
* System Tools

You can filter the software you see by choosing from these various views:

* All Available Applications
* All Open Source Applications
* Supported Ubuntu Applications
* Third Party Applications
* Installed Applications

You can also click the Preferences button to configure your software management by adding additional sources and otherwise customizing how your system's software is handled.

Here's a sampling of some of the additional software that you can add to your Ubuntu system:

XMMS Media Player
Abiword Word Processor
Atlantik Game
Dia Diagram Editor
digiKam Photo Management
Educational Suite GCompris
Epiphany Web Browser
GNU Paint
GQView Image Viewer
Gxine TV and Video Viewer
K3B CD Writing Program
Juk Music Player
K Address Book
Kaffeine Media Player
Keep Backup System
Kivio Flowchart and Diagram Editing
Kopete Instant Messenger
Quanta Plus Web Development
Thunderbird Mail

There's quite a bit available if you want it, too much for me to list here but you get the idea. You won't lack for software with Ubuntu, with all of these options, and it's all available to you with just a few clicks.

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