Ubuntu Linux 7.04 Feisty Fawn Review

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2007-05-01 Print this article Print

Review: The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is called Feisty Fawn, and about all I can see it being good for is venison.

Its a tough thing when youre doing a review of a distribution that you want to like but end up having to pan it. The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is called Feisty Fawn, and about all I can see it being good for is venison. We found it to be a real stinker in some ways, despite past versions of Ubuntu having been fairly good. This version of Ubuntu has a number of new features, including:
  • Windows Migration tool
  • Easier Multimedia
  • Plug and Play Network Sharing
  • The Linux kernel and Gnome 2.18
    As always, installing Ubuntu was easy and fast. I popped the Ubuntu Linux CD into my test computer and booted into a fully functional Ubuntu Linux desktop. From there I clicked on the Installation icon on my desktop and began the process. Since I had full network connectivity, I was able to do other things while the installation was completing. I opted to install Ubuntu on a box that already had Windows Vista installed so that I could test the migration tool. My test computer is a relatively old machine, but I like using it because it gives me an idea of how well newer versions of Ubuntu run on older hardware. Here are the basic specs:
  • AMD Athlox XP 3000+
  • 1GB RAM
  • Nvidia Geforce 5900 XT
  • 160GB Hard Disk I really do love being able to install Linux this way: Why should my computer be inoperable while installing an operating system? The "live" desktop thing really comes in handy while doing installations. I think all operating systems (Windows, etc.) should have that option when you pop the CD/DVD into your computer. Read the full story on ExtremeTech.com: Ubuntu Linux 7.04 Feisty Fawn Review
    Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

    His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

    Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

    You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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