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Old 06. Feb 2011, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In case anyone else is wondering if they will "go with the flow" when Ubuntu makes the switch or move to another Gnome based distro, this reviewer has described his own experiences with 7 daily updates.

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Old 06. Feb 2011, 03:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think once Natty's released and a few days have passed I'll give the live CD a try, but I'm not sure yet if I'll replace 10.04 wich is running well with something new just for the sake of it. I use keyboard shortcuts and one taskbar (top) that autohides so not too excited about Unity.
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Old 06. Feb 2011, 06:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting website MC

To me Unity looks like a desktop and tabbed browser hybrid. I'm not sure Gnome fans will easily except it. Personally I like KDE.

Anyway good read.

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Interesting website MC

To me Unity looks like a desktop and tabbed browser hybrid. I'm not sure Gnome fans will easily except it. Personally I like KDE.

Anyway good read.

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Very true. In all honesty I'm still in love with Mandriva )although I don't use it ) because I think it offers the best comparative to Windows although I appreciate equally that a lot of folks don't switch to Linux for this reason. Even so, KDE is not exactly a "light" system and I'm beginning now to understand some of the thinking behind Ubuntu's decision to move to Unity, although Gnome is not as "heavy".

I'm sufficiently intrigued now however, and having cleared my floor of used CD's will now doubt have a fling with the first live version of Ubuntu Unity when it reaches Beta.
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For those that mentioned a few days after the release - I'd recommend waiting a couple months if you want something really solid. Ubuntu tends to have a solid release by then from my past experience.

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For those that mentioned a few days after the release - I'd recommend waiting a couple months if you want something really solid. Ubuntu tends to have a solid release by then from my past experience.

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Thanks Jeff - that's good advice. I only intend to have a look at it via the live medium. I got caught out once before when "upgrading" from one version of Ubuntu to another so if I were an Ubuntu user I would wait for a solid release as indicated by their forum activity and then make a clean install.
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For those that mentioned a few days after the release - I'd recommend waiting a couple months if you want something really solid. Ubuntu tends to have a solid release by then from my past experience.

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This brings up a question I have been meaning to ask for awhile now.

What works best. Upgrade or fresh install?

I have read the article from the Ubuntu website which links to various articles to the Ubuntu community. The gist of the of the process says to upgrade in sequence of the versions. If its 2 or more versions removed they suggest a fresh install.

From my experience with Simply Mepis. Minor Upgrades usually went ok. Major upgrades would normally leave my system on life support.
I understand the wisdom to wait for the bugs to be worked out, but does a fresh install work best in the long run?

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My advice is:

Always, always, always, do a clean install.

Dist-upgrades tend to cause issues down the line that could easily have been avoided with a clean install.

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In case anyone else is wondering if they will "go with the flow" when Ubuntu makes the switch or move to another Gnome based distro, this reviewer has described his own experiences with 7 daily updates.

http://g33q.co.za/category/linux/
I have read this several months ago, it's a South African based web site.

I don't know what the big deal is about unity, I don't like it at all. See no reason for it to be replaced. Ran it for a couple of minutes then uninstalled it. So if this will come with Ubuntu as default, just go back to plain simple Gnome. Beta of new Gnome will come out in March. It looks great so far...

It's as if its going the Mac way, Maybe they are trying to simplify too much?
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It's as if its going the Mac way, Maybe they are trying to simplify too much?
Maybe they see this as standardizing rather than simplifying but at the least I think it will encourage a lot of users to try other distros which in itself of course is no bad thing

I'm itching to get hold of Pardus2011 at the moment which although KDE has pinched enough of Gnome's network manager to suggest it may even run with MC's famous modem

At the moment, local issues here resulting from the disaster mean the main net is down for most of the day. There is no HSDPA service for the modem to connect to, only dial-up speed via GPRS, and the problem with Pardus is that you need a 1.3GB live download to test it and then another 1.1GB download for the install disk Guess I better wait for a full speed connection
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