Ubuntu Linux 10.10 was the first Linux distribution I ever used. You may remember the name in my last post, “How to get started with Linux.” While I was writing that post, I realized that I had not done a review on Ubuntu yet. Well, here is the review I have been nagging myself about for the past few days! Ubuntu is the easiest Linux I have used. It’s one of the most known Linux distributions out there today. It is also the only Linux distribution that supports VirtualBox Additions. Ubuntu has a few “official” derivatives, as well as the ones made by the Linux community. The official ones are Kubuntu (Ubuntu using KDE instead of GNOME), Xubuntu (Ubuntu using XFCE instead of GNOME), Lubuntu (Ubuntu using LXDE instead of GNOME), Edubuntu (Educational version of Ubuntu) and Mythbuntu (Something to do with TVs…) Ubuntu has countless unofficial (or community) derivatives, such as Macbuntu, a Macintosh OS X-style derivative. The current version of Ubuntu is 11.10, but is coming up to 12.04 pretty soon here. If you have not noticed it yet, the “version number” is actually a date. Ubuntu is released every 6 months. Once in April and again in October of that year. 2011 has finished for Ubuntu releases, but the new year is coming up really quickly. 2012 will bring new changes for the Ubuntu line. 10.10 is already a huge change since the project started. If I look back, there was no default background in the early versions of Ubuntu and the window ribbon style was different back then. The color of the distribution has changed also. It was once orange, but now it’s a dark purple color. One of the best things about Ubuntu is that it’s Linux. What I mean by that is that it is fully customizable. You can change the window ribbon style, panels and so much more with a click of a button. You can also download what’s called “XPGnome”, which transforms any GNOME desktop (Ubuntu or Edubuntu) into a Windows XP-like desktop. It is best for versions before 10.10, but works on any version of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Software Center
Something I like best about Ubuntu is the Ubuntu Software Center. Here, you can browse for programs without even needing to know the name! It’s simple and very graphic, making it easy to navigate in. All you need to know is what kind of program you are looking for! You can use the categories in the Software Center to find the program you want! Once you find it, you can read up on it and see a screenshot! (not available on all programs) Before you can download or read about any programs, you have to update your cache, Ubuntu makes this easy by letting you select a program and downloading the cache for that source. After that, you can download and install programs with a few clicks and keystrokes! The bad thing about the software center is that it prompts you for you “root user” password. This can probably be turned off somehow, but I have yet to find out.
All-in-all, Ubuntu is a great Linux distribution, though it needs some work on programs crashing. That’s all I have for now folks! Stay tuned for some Ubuntu tutorials possible in the future!
p.s.: Happy new years, everybody!