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I would say that the decision between the two is quite labored but easy. As much as a loyal fan I have been because of Ubuntu’s “simplicity” I would have to say I’m siding with Fedora 15. The main rift between the two is caused by their interface management. The simplicity has gone too far in Ubuntu and lacks stability. Personally, as a seasoned Linux guy, I would go with Fedora 15, if not for the more power user friendly(if you can call it that) features, then for the GNOME 3 interface which, although is still nasty, is more stable and feels more powerful than Unity.

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GNOME 3 and Unity, two players on the field… Two players who are almost matched. I won’t say GNOME 3 is as bad as Unity. Now, I’m all for simplicity but none for dumbing down. Seriously, the search for administrative utilities in Ubuntu 11.04 felt like a treasure hunt. Fedora 15 went just as well. I suppose major distros are attempting to aim more for the Linux newcomer. However, I can’t tell whether it is how used to GNOME 2 that I am or whether the “simpler” interfaces are harder to use. Where did my easy to access applications and system menus go? A good tip for all the distro producers out there from us power users and casual but seasoned linux fans, either scrap Unity and GNOME 3 or at least give us an easy option to go without.

Unity unity unity… The bringing of multiple entities into one simple piece. Sounds like a good idea. Unity rings well with simplicity and ease of use. Unity sounds powerful and makes you feel like all your troubles will melt away… NOT.
Every major distro lately seems to have some variation of this unity interface which Ubuntu 11.04 uses. Pumped about getting 11.04 I counted down the days until the official release on my little calendar like the good little Ubuntu user that I am. I downloaded the new distro a bit late and expecting maybe a… faster startup time… or maybe… more stability.. no.. there it was.. This THING where all of my favorite gnome setup had been. Sticky and crashing more than gnome ever thought about, UNITY had destroyed all of me hopes for the new Ubuntu release. I guess expecting mixed reviews Canonical decided they would still keep that “classic” look as safety. Honestly, they should change Unity from default interface to “not at all” interface.. Seriously guys. I love Ubuntu. Unity has wrecked my dreams of Ubuntu heaven. Hopefully, in spite of terrible reviews,  Canonical will remove Unity on the 11.10 release. If that’s the only thing they did, it would be better than continuing with the sick feeling of Unity.

How to remove Unity (it’s simple really)

 

Hey guys, just wanted to say I’ve been off working on a new Linux distro. Not knowing who to target.. what users? I need a lot of help. Is there something missing or maybe even something you’d like removed from a mainstream distro? I’m open to any suggestions. Also, if someone would like to help me build the distro.. my computer isn’t that fast, that would be great! Looking for any help on this one. Please email any suggestions to karmastrikesback@gmail.com

Several things I need:

a)Suggestions for features

b)A linux programmer

c)Someone with a fast pc to build the distro

d) beta testers and end users

Just throw me a message and tell me what you’d like to help on.

Thanks a million guys! 🙂

 

 

Alright, just got Ubuntu 10.10, yes I’m a weee bit late. Not too bad though. First I must say that Ubuntu is really getting up there in aesthetics.

Sadly, I am always less focused on performance and more focused on how it looks. Ubuntu 10.10 goes a long way with making things pretty. However, before I get you thinking that it looks nice and shiny but runs like a turtle missing a leg its quite the opposite. Normally, with ANY linux distro, my laptop disagrees in some shape,form, or fashion. This time ye olde laptop worked seamlessly with Ubuntu. As suprising as it is, it’s not that awesome. What’s really kicking butt can be summed up in one word. Social Networking.

Okay, so that was two words, but I couldn’t think of anything better than socnet. Ubuntu 10.10 finishes the job left over by 10.4 by being more eye-catching and integrating more with social media. 10.10 features the social broadcasting client gwibber built-in to the notification area. Now, I can stay out of chat and just microblog everything! I would rather tell everyone what I’m doing rather than chat with somebody and let an hour slip by in a blink and a few keypunches. Social media is an ever evolving part of life in today’s society. Even old people are hooking up the old pc and facebooking their every move.

Said all that to say this… Canonical is showing their increasing knowledge of the world and their ability to adapt their distro’s to suit it.

As for smoothness. Normally, I will have some problem with something crashing or requiring a forced stop of the process. This time around I have not had a problem yet. Now keep in mind. Windows processes normally crash at least twice daily for me. So once or twice a week is much better. 10.10 has not even gone that far yet. Not one crash.

Apparently 10.10 also has built in support for ntfs enabled. That’s a big plus for dual-booters and normal Windows users exchanging data with Linux.

The startup time is another big plus for Ubuntu 10.10 the startup time for my laptop after installing 10.10 has been less than 5 seconds for every boot. That may be because of the ext4 filesystem loading faster or because they eliminated some error checking during bootup. Regardless, 10.10’s startup time is unmatched in my opinion.

10.10 has been Canonical’s greatest, at the least I must say they are really kicking butt. As an avid Linux user I find Ubuntu to be the softest landing for Windows users converting over. I really hope to see more Windows zombies switching over to Linux via Ubuntu or another user friendly Linux distro. 10.10 has a lot of potential and linux for humans continues to be the power player in the name of Linux.

This is my experience with one server I was installing OpenSUSE on. Please note that by day I mean week. No really. It took weeks….. I’m still in mental therapy. Basically, SAMBA is a pain in the butt. I would never recommend SAMBA or anyone. Phew!
1st Day – Installed for SAMBA + LAMP
2nd Day – Wiped Clean and Started Over
3rd Day – Installed SAMBA
4th Day – Threw server out window.
5th Day – Yelled at server repeatedly.
6th Day – Bashed server repeatedly with hammer.
7th Day – Hired Extra Hand
8th Day – Yelled at hired hand.
9th Day – Hired hand mugs me and steals my server/money
10th Day – Gave up on server.

Hello everyone! Remember me? Yes, I’m planning on making a comeback for the site. I’m sorry for any readers I may have disappointed.. 😦

However, before I make this “comeback” I should explain why I was gone for such a time. Wellllll….. I had this crappy ISP they call Hughesnet(Satellite internet provider). Hughesnet charges some very high rates, 90+ dollars, for some rather crappy service. Yes, I live out in the rural area where I do not have access to DSL and broadband. The line stops just before my street! How sick. Then, one fateful day, lightning struck my Hughesnet router. My contract was up, so I decided to cancel. Oh well… Now I’m “abusing” the priviledge of my school’s T3 internet connection. So yes, I’m back in business. Or at least I plan to be.

Now, I want to thank all of my readers who are reading this. That tells me you have enough faith in me to not just forget about this little project of mine. So thank you for supporting me. Even during the time I was gone a few people viewed the site. Like less than 100. I’m fine with that though.

Also, I plan telling everyone about the server I was fixing up for the school using OpenSUSE. It was actually quite interesting. That article will be published soon, don’t give up! 🙂

Once again, Thanks!!

I am terribly sorry about how long its been since I’ve written a review. I had written up a draft for my Fedora 11 review when….. somehow my notes went missing. I’ve been scatterbrained lately so I didn’t want to write the review completely out of memory because I fear that it may look bad. Rest assured though that I will try my best to rewrite the notes and post my review for Fedora 11. However, do be warned that it may be a long time. Thanks for understanding.

Okay people, here’s my next review on the lineup. Fedora 11, this is a very popular linux distro and is perhaps one of the only RPM based distros I really use. Right after Fedora 11 I’ll have OpenSUSE 11.1. So I will be busy for the next few days getting notes down for my review so that my readers will have new content. I am also looking at changing the site layout to something more… desirable. This look is getting a bit old. So look for new stuff within the next week or so. Thanks!

Okay everyone, it’s finally here. My review for Linux Mint 7. I know I’ve been slacking off here for a while but I’ve just had a lot of trouble here lately. Rest assured though that I will do everything in my power to keep the blog updated. Okay, enough of my problems. On to the review.

First thing I want to say. The Live CD is a bit sluggish but is capable of doing things like browsing the web and of course installing. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing both at the same time as you may run into a bit of a problem. Soon after loading the desktop I did what I always do. Install and try an application on the Live CD. The Installer was a mirror of Ubuntu’s famous 7 step installer. You start off selecting your language of course. Your second step is selecting your time zone(based on a city within a time zone).

If you know your time zone well you can just pick any city within your time zone. Next up is your keyboard setup, the default is USA but there is also a number of other keyboard setups to pick. Immediately after picking the keyboard layout you set up your partitions for the install. This is the only part I don’t like about the install because in some cases the partitioner has to set things up prior to stepping ahead which can mess up your other installation should you want to turn back. So on to the next step which is setting up your account.(username, password, name of computer). The last step is simply agreeing to continue with the install. You’re presented with a general overview of what will be configured/installed. Then, like most users at this point, I continue to install without even reading the general overview.

The install takes roughly ten minutes to finish. This is not bad in my opinion. So instead of growing a beard with installs like, say, Fedora 10 with all packages selected, or Sabayon 4.0 I just grew a little stubble.

Now that it’s install let’s get down to business. The time it takes from pressing the power button to loading the desktop is relatively a minute. That number may be higher for those with slower PCs. First off, Linux Mint 7 does use GNOME which, as it has been said before, is my top choice in the way of desktop environments. Linux Mint 7 does include a fair amount of pre-installed apps. For the web browser it includes Firefox whereas another league of distros include Opera. For the email client Mint 7 uses Mozilla Thunderbird instead of Ubuntu’s default evolution. This is a better choice in my opinion as Thunderbird is easier to configure. For those users needing and office type setup OpenOffice is included by default. For general use that’s all I would need as my server has everything else. The Mint devs also customized the GNOME menu to combine all of the normal GNOME apps, places, and admin sections. They also went with a one panel setup. Which has more of a Window$ look which is useful for Window$ migrators. Multimedia apps are also included such as GNOME media player and Rhythmbox.

My next order of business was to install some apps on my own. This is easily accomplished by mintInstall. mintInstall is similar to Ubuntu’s Add/Remove app. It shows all of the software organized by category tabs. Another thing I like about mintInstall is that user reviews of each software package is also shown as you browse through the available packages. I chose to install the Vuze bit torrent client. mintInstall soon rounded up all dependancies and presented me with a confirmation of the install. Vuze installed and worked like a charm.

Now, on to the update manager. The update manager shows available updates for your installed apps and chooses the ones to install based on results from a safe list. Optionally you could choose to just install the packages that are deemed dangerous at your own risk as they may tank your system.

Next up I want to talk about the aesthetics of Linux Mint 7. The artwork is simple but has this great professional look to it. The default background presents what looks like rain on a window but remixed to have a bright/mint green hue. The GNOME panel has been customized with a charcoal grey color which goes well with the bright green default theme.

The developers have tried their best to make the landing from Windows into Linux as soft and as comfortable as possible. However, they do not include support for Windows apps with WINE. However, one can almost completely replace Windows apps anyway so I don’t believe it matters.  The devs, sadly, seem to have made the distro unfavorable for Linux gurus. I don’t think their goal was to please Linux gurus though. So those who do consider themselves Linux gurus need not touch this distro as you probably will not like it.

Linux Mint may be the future transition for Windows users however with no guru support the Distro may fade out. What Mint devs have done though is base the distro off of a commercially backed distro which will give them more security.

So this is the conclusion of my review for Linux Mint 7(Gloria). I hope you liked it. My ratings follow:

stability: 4/5 – Given that this modified version of Ubuntu does add some features there is more room for bugs. However, Mint devs try their best to make certain users won’t run into them.

simplicity: 5/5 – This is about as simple as it gets guys. New users definitely need to get their hands on a copy of Linux Mint

speed: 4/5 – Linux Mint offers a lot of features at a decent speed

You can check Linux Mint 7 out yourself here: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

You can also learn how to (almost) completely replace your Windows desktop here: http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-linux-mint-7-gloria