Any Ubuntu Users here?

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  1. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I'm curious to know what others think of this, I installed kubuntu (the KDE variant of ubuntu) on the bootcamp partition and so far I've been impressed.

    Thoughts/comments on Ubuntu?
     
  2. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    AWESOME! :D. Debian/Ubuntu is great. It always works so cleanly and it's so easy to install applications via the apt system.

    Simply put, I love it.
     
  3. Caezar macrumors 6502

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    I tried Ubuntu a few months back but I quickly gave up on Linux for two main reasons:

    - Power management for portables is subpar, resulting in shorter battery life and (more importantly) heat issues. I did not manage to solve this issue even after doing some research.

    - Fonts are not consistent and are ugly.
     
  4. maflynn thread starter Moderator

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    I don't know if all distros have the apt-get method of installing packages but I thought that it was a great feature.


    I agree on the first issue - Power management on my MBP is rather poor, do in part because there's no way to change the GPU to the lower power 9400 GPU.

    Fonts in firefox - yes ugly, but I use KDE and found that I've not had any problems/complaints with font rendering in Konquorer or the open office.
     
  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I use UbuntuEEE with my EEE Pc 701. I'm not really a fan of the performance, but I suppose it has to do with the meager specs of the unit itself. I figured with 1GB of RAM it would run decently though...
     
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i've used it some. not using it at the moment though
     
  7. maflynn thread starter Moderator

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    I loaded it on my MBP with the intent to learn something new and then possibly replace my windows partition. I use windows for my vpn connection and work.

    All in all, I've been very impressed with it, and I gave windows the heave hoe. The KDE interface is a tad buggy but overall I'm enjoying playing with the OS. Like OSX, I don't have to worry about viruses or the application/OS phoning home. The small foot print is refeshing as well. It runs very effeciently.
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    ubuntu is I think the best Linux distribution for general computing. It is easy to use and looks and acts a lot like Mac OS X. The only real problem with it and the reason I bought a Mac is that Linux can't run the Adobe suite, Aperture or Logic. The purpose of an OS is to run Applications. I do use Linux (redhat) nearly full time at work.

    For those who say "I don't like Linux because..." well you can fix it. It's Open Source. The issues with heat/fans and fonts can all be fixed without much trouble.

    I've been a Linux user from about 1993. Before that, other Unixes. I kind of missed the "Windows thing" it came and went while I was doing something else.
     
  9. maflynn thread starter Moderator

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    Agreed and that's one reason why I'll continue to use OSX. Even if they had an aperture competitor, I don't think I have the intestinal fortitude to convert my 75gig aperture library over to something else.

    Edit:
    I do want to say one thing, OSX has a certain finished quality and feel that does seem missing in Kubuntu (using KDE instead of Gnome). What I like about OSX is how many of apple products integrate so well with each other and the system. For instance, I can easily pull images from my aperture library into my iweb website, with a click of a button, my settings are automatically backed up to mobileme. While much of the functionality can be imitated, it would require a lot of work, where as for OSX, its working out of the box.

    nonetheless, I found ubuntu to be a breath of fresh air and fun to place with. Also as I mentioned, Ubuntu has successfully replaced my need to use windows so much so, that I've deleted the windows bootcamp partition.
     
  10. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    I bought a little EEE Pc, installed EeeBuntu on it. Overall, fairly nice, for general computing, surfing, email, music playing, and watching movies it was fine.

    My problem was that not every functionality I needed in a comp was covered by apps in the synaptic package manager. I was able to find an app that would do what I needed, but installation was extremely complicated, eventually gave it up.

    Linux has come a long ways, still has a little ways to go for average users to be comfortable with it.
     

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