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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.

Yes I am finally writing the review for my most favorite Debian-based distro out there(unbiased review of course) . I know some people have a dislike for Ubuntu, for me I see a great user-friendly operating system. Now, Ubuntu and I lost touch for quite a while because of the 8.10 release and its incompatibility with my Intel graphics card. I loved most of the other features, I just ended up having the same problem as I did with Sabayon 4(Frying my eyes out). So, hearing that Ubuntu 9.04 included better support for Intel graphics I downloaded it and decided to give Ubuntu another shot. This time I was much more pleased at the features it included. Some of the new features include better video support, a new “computer janitor”, and several other small features. The current version of Ubuntu also sports a new look too.

So now I’ve given my semi-short briefing I’ll go on with the actual review. I did notice that Ubuntu 9.04 had a wee bit of a shorter startup time than 8.10 on my machine. There were several choices on the live CD but, like I always do I immediately went on to check out the live desktop(what most users would do). The desktop loading time was a bit longer than the last Ubuntu distro in my opinion. However, I don’t typically base my whole review off of the performance of the live CD.

The desktop loaded after about two minutes with the familiar tribal sounding intro but a slightly new look and feel. The default desktop background had changed to a more silky and smooth picture with waves. I have to say I prefer this background over the last which featured rather tribal looking picture with something which I could not quite guess what it was.

Okay, now on to the technical stuff. Programs running off of the Ubuntu live disk did have some lag due to the fact that it is a live disk and not installed to the hard drive. Now, Ubuntu aims to make the install as smooth as possible with only basic input from the user. So I don’t feel that I need to explain how the install went step-by-step but instead with one statement “simple and smooth”.

Just as I had expected after the install the startup time was much shorter. Instead of taking a minute and a half to two minutes it took about thirty seconds. I like when things go smooth. I’ve had desktop/display managers crash on me right at startup, but Ubuntu ran like a champ. Now, to my first order of business. Those who read my past reviews know my first order of business is mainly spending quality time with the package manager.

Ubuntu’s main package manager the “Synaptic Package Manager” includes a categorized list of all of the packages in the APT repositories. Synaptic Package Manager has to be one of the smoothest running and simplest package managers I’ve ever used. You simply browse the repository or search for your desired package and click the check box which gives you a full array of options such as installing, reinstalling, or even a complete removal(a complete removal also removes packages related to the one you are removing). Ubuntu’s package manager also makes it easy to add and remove repos. This is aside from almost completely replacing what (typical) Window$ user would need by including a number of pre-installed applications. This gives Ubuntu a bad name as people like to say it is “bloated” but if that’s the case so are many other distro’s

Updating/Upgrading is important in keeping a secure and stable computing environment. That is why Ubuntu 9.04 also includes a “smart” upgrade feature which means when you upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 everything should seamlessly upgrade with it. Also, there is an included update manager which I don’t recall being present before in Ubuntu(my brain is scattered, I could be wrong). Many times this update manager has been the only thing keeping my computer up-to-date as I tend to slack off a lot on that point. I mentioned before that the current version of Ubuntu comes with a “Computer Janitor” which removes Debian(.deb) packages that you may not need or use to clean/speed up your computing environment.

Performance has not been a problem since I installed Ubuntu 9.04 and space for storage has not been a problem as Ubuntu doesn’t take up much space. Ubuntu IS linux for human beings. I know my article may have sounded biased but I did work to keep only facts based on what my experiences were. You could also choose to brush this off as my opinion. However, if you have not tried Ubuntu 9.04 because Ubuntu didn’t work out well before I urge you to try this version. This concludes my review for Ubuntu 9.04, hope you liked it. My ratings follow:

Stability: 5/5 – No Linux distro could have a PERFECT stability rating. So I’m scaling the score because Ubuntu rocks the socks off of stability.

Simplicity:4/5 – Ubuntu aims at Linux for human beings and that is what they deliver. Setup is a synch and using it is amazingly simple also. However, due to the lack of a centralized configuration feature I did have to drop the point off but a four out of five ain’t bad.

Speed:4/5 – Speed is one of the fundamental features of Linux and that is what Ubuntu does, they deliver speed. Now maybe not lightning here but certainly a good offering on speed.

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I know this is a bit late, but I have been planning this review for a while. Mostly because I’ve been using Ubuntu 9.04 since it came out. So if there’s anyone who may not have tried it yet they can read my review and see what they think.