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Gusty Gibbon

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The resent release of Ubuntu 7.10 has been awaited by many. Well after giving 7.04 a whirl I decided to give this monkey a spin. I went with Kubuntu because I just don't like GNOME. I had tried Ubuntu 7.10 beta and had a lot issues with bugs mainly with configurations with proprietary drivers. and GNOME 2.2 still wasn't that impressive.

Kubuntu 7.10 Is very nice. As is to be expected with Ubuntu the repositories are brimming with software. Add a few backports and a couple restricted repositories and you can have anything you can need or use. It is nice to see Ubuntu adding more restricted packages to the repositories, it makes hunting them down less tedious (not really that hard for an old Debian user like me). It wasn't hard to get the things I like installed, libdvdcss2, w32codecs, microsoft core fonts and some of the multimedia apps I like, add Evolution for PIM and email, Synaptic for package management (it comes with Adept but it promptly crashed when I tried to install Java 6 and corrupted the dconf file), a few games for those times when you just feel like waisting time, Firefox for web browsing (Konquorer just doesn't work for me), a few themes and styles to spice things up a bit more and Wine for that must have poker client that was designed to run on only Windows and Ive got a system to play some more with.

Overall the look and feel is better than 7.04 was but the thing about Ubuntu is the six month upgrade cycle. I don't mind testing new releases of Systems but for my day to day I want something I know is not going to be gutted and reinstalled twice a year because your configuration isn't compatible with what is new and improved.

Fleamailman ought to really love this one.;-)
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Rave in agreement, it's the pure gui install which I like most here, not to mention that one can see if things work with the live CD before actually installing

true, I hadn't thought about upgrading itself being a problem but I think there is way to stop upgrading the base system but I don't know if it can be done without changing the source files, and I agree as for example I would have trouble with my compaq presario 1200(think windows98se) on gusty but with feisty it works well, anyway I will post back here on updating without upgrading, I should know it but...
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