Sunday, 22 November 2009

My review on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Hi everybody,

May be it is too late for me to make some reviews and share with all of you some tips and software that I recommend to install on your computer. Unfortunately there are many functions in Gnome which are not in Xfce that made me spent just a week with Xubuntu.

Xubuntu is quite useful for old computer users that are low-performance and I am confident that they will like the simple, fast and furious operating system.
I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop, Acer Aspire 4520.

Ubuntu use Ext4 file system to manage and use GRUB2 for boot record. I heared many people complaining about GRUB2 if they enabled dual-boot or triple-boot on their computer. If you have a dual-boot system, I encourage you not to update unless you are using Ubuntu as your primary operating system.

I can note some changes to Ubuntu Karmic:

- Network Manager with a more stable wireless driver. Network Manager is no longer a problem for me. Wireless can be activated and turned off by using the wireless button on the laptop like in Windows.

- There is no conflict if you use wireless USB adapter.

- boot and startup performance are faster.

- The installation process are easierwith a simple slideshow about Ubuntu during the installation process.

- 2GB of data storage for free using Launchpad account and Ubuntu one.

- Pidgin has been replaced by Empathy. But I do not like Empathy much. I removed it and replace it with Pidgin.

- Do not forget to upgrade all your software and repository.


Software that I recommend all of you install to install on Ubuntu Karmic:


Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak

How to install.

Open your Terminal.


sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver FE85409EEAB40ECCB65740816AF0E1940624A220

Press enter.


sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following two lines of commands to the bottom of the sources.list file

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

then save and close gedit.


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

in your terminal.

In Ubuntu Tweak, there are many repositories that are useful to you. I will explain it later in future posts and on other software too.

Do not forget to install "ubuntu-restricted-extras" to improve your user experience in Ubuntu.

Type in Terminal.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

That's all for this post.

P/S: I will add more later in future posts.

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