Well, it has been over a month since I’ve posted anything in my Geek World category. So, I thought I’d fill everyone in (as if anyone actually reads this…) on my newest geek type project. <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url_id=36&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://www.ubuntulinux.org&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ubuntulinux.org&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Ubuntu Linux</a> is simply wonderful. It is a new(ish) Linux distro based on Debian testing (Sarge at time of this writing). Ubuntu is geared towards users who are new to Linux. It was a wonderful install that will automatically update all packages from the internet if a network connection is available. It sports the newest version of Ximian Evolution as the default email client. Also take note that Evolution is intergrated in such a way that the appointments show up in the system clock, which is wonderfully handy. Also, Firefox 0.9.3 is the default browser. A few of us on the Ubuntu users list (a very active community surrounds Ubuntu, I get no less than 150 emails per day from this list alone. I’ve actually been thinking about getting a gmail account because of the volume) are trying to convince the developers to provide a Firefox 1.0PR package via the official repositories, but no luck so far. However, don’t let that make you think the developers aren’t accessible. They actually held a community meeting in IRC to discuss a controversial theme issue with users. The outcome of that meeting was a good compromise I think and something that proves to me that Ubuntu has the chance to really make a huge impact for the desktop Linux market.<br />
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Other distro’s of tried to do what Ubuntu does so wonderfully, and those distro’s have failed. Now, don’t mistake me. Ubuntu isn’t the uber distro that will do everything. Quite the contrary…it has only one disk for the standard install (a rarity among any linux distro, even Slackware with the release of Slackware 10). Beware, no compilers are installed by default on Ubuntu, but the average user shouldn’t need them. She should be able to pull everything down via Synaptic, which is an awesome frontend to apt-get (apt-get is a wonderful program that allows you to pull down updates to existing programs, or new programs off the internet and install them with a total of maybe three clicks. Very nice indeed). So, I’d never use Ubuntu for a server, but it is my favorite desktrop distro. It beats out <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url_id=37&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://www.xandros.com&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.xandros.com&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Xandros</a>, <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url_id=38&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://www.lycoris.com&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.lycoris.com&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Lycoris</a>, and <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url_id=39&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://www.linspire.com&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.linspire.com&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Linspire</a> hands down. <br />
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Alright, I’ve yakked for long enough about Ubuntu. Want to try it out? You should. Ubuntu will even send you free CDs, order at <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3NoaXBpdC51YnVudHVsaW51eC5vcmc+VWJ1bnR1&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://shipit.ubuntulinux.org>Ubuntu&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://shipit.ubuntulinux.org>Ubuntu&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"s Shipit service</a>. Or maybe you want to check out the community before you dive in, if that’s the case check out the <a href="http://aidan.strateia.org/exit.php?url_id=40&amp;entry_id=69&quot; title="http://www.ubuntuforums.org&quot; onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ubuntuforums.org&#8217;;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Unofficial Forums</a>.


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