eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04

When we popped Ubuntus installation disk into a Windows machine, the disk autoruns an Ubuntu greeter applet.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Try Out Some Free Software

Courtesy of the OpenCD project, Ubuntus installer disk offers a handful of open-source Windows applications to allow Ubuntu newcomers to get their feet wet without leaving Windows.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - What is Ubuntu?

The installer disk then offers up an overview of Ubuntu.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Switching from Windows

Ubuntus Web site hosts a document full of information for prospective Windows-to-Linux switchers.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Ubuntu\s Install Disk

Ubuntus install disk doubles as a system rescue disk.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - LiveCD Environment

The Ubuntu installer boots up into a LiveCD environment, enabling Windows users to try the OS out on their hardware without blowing away their Windows partition.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - User Migration Tool

Ubuntus user migration tool, which is meant to locate user accounts and associated data and transfer this information to a new installation, looks promising but did not work for us.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Updating from Ubuntu 6.10

The update manager on our Ubuntu 6.10 test machine let us know that a new version was available for upgrade.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Feisty Fawn Release Notes

We could peruse the release notes for the new version before initiating an upgrade.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Upgrade Underway

Our Edgy Eft box began chugging through the network upgrade process.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Upgrade Details

Ubuntus updater gave us an idea of how long the upgrade would take.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - End of the Road

We liked the way that Ubuntus updater listed for us the packages no longer supported in the new version.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Package Cleanup

We could opt to remove or hang on to packages made obsolete by the upgrade.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Ready to Reboot

We experienced rather good download speeds from the Ubuntu network repositories from which we upgraded--before we knew it, it was time to reboot in to Feisty Fawn.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Network Roaming

We were impressed with the work the Ubuntu project has done with NetworkManager, which better juggles static connections alongside DHCP links.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Restricted Drivers

Ubuntu 7.04 now sports a Restricted Drivers tool that let us know we were using proprietary (and therefore not directly Ubuntu-supported) drivers. Here we can see that our Nvidia graphics card driver and our VMware Server host drivers are in use.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Desktop Effects

The Ubuntu team had worked to enable desktop eye candy out of the box for machines that would support it, but the feature remains optional.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Pick a Mirror

We were pleased to see that Ubuntus package manager now allows users to choose a nearby mirror on their own. The software will also select for you what appears to be the best mirror.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Package Popularity

We sorted available applications by their popularity, as reported from other Ubuntu users. This was a good way to locate worthwhile applications that might not have made it into the default Ubuntu install.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Installing Sun\s JRE

Overall, were impressed with the work that Ubuntu has done to smooth the wrinkles inherent in installing applications with different licensing rules.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04 - Ubuntu Commercial

VMware Server is one application available through Ubuntus commercial software repository.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Ubuntu 7.04

We used VMware Server running on Ubuntu 7.04 to host some of our test instances.

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