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 18.104.22.168 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.