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[News] A Look at Ubuntu's Unity Desktop, Ubuntu 10.04

  • Subject: [News] A Look at Ubuntu's Unity Desktop, Ubuntu 10.04
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 13:53:43 +0100
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Ubuntu's Unity Desktop: Reality vs. Rationales

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| Over the past year, Ubuntu has become one 
| of the centers for usability design on the 
| Linux desktop. You might criticize this 
| effort because it takes place in the 
| distribution, rather than as contributions 
| to the GNOME desktop, but at least it is 
| happening. Moreover, this effort is being 
| discussed far beyond the outer reaches of 
| the Ubuntu community.
| Part of the reason for this discussion is 
| because Ubuntu's popularity automatically 
| makes it influential.
| Yet an even more important reason for the 
| interest is that Ubuntu founder Mark 
| Shuttleworth has made usability his 
| personal obsession. Not only has he 
| withdrawn from managing the business 
| affairs of Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial 
| arm, in order to devote his full attention 
| to it, but -- what really matters -- he 
| blogs about usability decisions as they 
| are announced. 


Five Usability Improvements in Ubuntu 10.04 

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| While no operating system is perfectly 
| intuitive, Ubuntu gives its competitors a 
| good run when it comes to usability.  
| Other Linux distributions, and proprietary 
| operating systems, certainly do some 
| things better than Ubuntu.  But all in 
| all, Iâm impressed with the attention to 
| user-friendliness evident in Lucid.


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed 

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| Ubuntu 10.04 LTS comes with a video editor 
| pre-installed--a widely perceived weak 
| point in desktop Linux distributions. 
| PiTiVi is probably the best choice to 
| bundle with Ubuntu. It is one of the 
| easiest-to-use video editors out there, 
| yet still robust enough to keep most users 
| from seeking an upgrade. Throw in the best 
| GTK conformity, and PiTiVi is the obvious 
| choice for Ubuntu. With a minimalist 
| interface and a focus on drag-and-drop 
| interaction, this app finally brings Linux 
| users a video editor that can seriously 
| compete with Windows Movie Maker for user-
| friendliness.


Ubuntu Live CD As A Forensics Too

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| Ubuntu is one of the best open source 
| computer operating system based on the 
| Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Ubuntu 
| provides an up-to-date, stable operating 
| system for the average user, with a strong 
| focus on usability and ease of 
| installation. The Ubiquity installer 
| allows Ubuntu to be installed to the hard 
| disk directly from the Live CD, without 
| requiring the computer to be restarted 
| prior to installation.



My thoughts on Ubuntu 10.04

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| So, why did I go back to Ubuntu? Why did I
| not stay on PCLinuxOS? Well, because KDE
| and GTK apps fought over control of Audio,
| and it forced me to use mostly GTK apps in
| a KDE environment. So, I wanted to go back
| to a GNOME distribution that offered great
| PulseAudio support, and something I
| havenât tried yet. So, although Iâve used
| previous versions of Ubuntu, I have had
| yet to give 10.04 a try. Not to mention
| Ubuntu 10.04 is normally my fall-back
| distribution where I normally expect
| everything to work.
| So anyway, to start off with, I kind of
| avoided using Ubuntu 10.04 for the first
| few weeks after release. Not because it
| was a new release or anything, but I
| wanted to give other distributions a try,
| and I wasnât really agreeing with some of
| the things Canonical was doing, and the
| attitude they had towards their users when
| the users were showing their discontent on
| the changes that Ubuntu had made to the
| titlebar, or the fact Ubuntu was trying to
| look and act like Mac OS X. Also, I tried
| the Beta out and I wasnât too big of a fan
| of it, even though I tried it in a VM.
| With the factors of the last time I tried
| 10.04 that it was in beta and that I tried
| it in a VM, and that I was getting a bit
| ticked off at PCLinuxOS KDE not wanting to
| properly install PulseAudio, I felt âWhy
| not give Ubuntu 10.04 a try.â
| [...]
| So overall Ubuntu 10.04 is a very nice
| distribution. I did have a few issues with
| it here and there, but nothing too much.
| Some of the issues I did have with it
| before even using the final version were
| more to do with Canonicalâs decisions, and
| the attitude towards the users that were
| showing their discontent towards the
| changes they made. Overall, I would
| definitely recommend it to somebody who is
| looking to start out with Linux â that,
| along with Mint, PCLinuxOS, or Mandriva. I
| would definitely say give this a try and
| tell me your thoughts on it in the
| comments! Thanks for reading, and if you
| want to, subscribe clicking on the link at
| the top right of my blog!


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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| Overall I think 10.04 is another great
| step forward to Ubnutu and Linux in
| general to get into the hands and homes of
| the average user. Kudos to the Ubuntu team
| for a great OS distro, keep up the great
| work guys!


More Ubuntu 10.04

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| The software bundled with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
| Lucid Lynx is much the same as the past
| few versions â Firefox, OpenOffice,
| Rhythmbox (think iTunes), and F-Spot (for
| digital cameras) â so you neednât scour
| around for the essentials. GIMP
| (Photoshop-like image editor, but without
| CMYK support) is not in by default any
| more but easily added.
| When you do need to install something
| else, a new Ubuntu Software Centre offers
| a cheerful interface, for a large
| repository of free apps.


Fawning Over Ubuntu 10.04

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| I canât say enough good things about this
| Ubuntu distro, I highly recommend you
| upgrade if you use older Ubuntu distros or
| if youâre a PC user whoâs itching for a
| change from Windows, download the ISO and
| give it a whirl without even installing
| it. Yes, Ubuntu Live CD will let you test
| drive the distro without even installing
| it. Again, well done Ubuntu crew, keep up
| the work and thanks for a beautiful and
| functional OS!

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