Ok, so you may wonder why I’m posting about this. Well, I’m a fan of Linux as well as Windows. I think they both have their place in our computing life. And of all the distributions, Ubuntu is the one that’s making the most headway into the public (non-techie) sector.
Their latest LTS (Long Term Support) release is 8.04 codenamed “Hardy Heron”. The release of 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” is a “normal release” and is an update to the Hardy Heron version. I installed it on my other desktop this morning, just to see what it’s like.
If you have Ubuntu 8.04 or an older version, or if you’re considering a switch from Windows, you need to look at their release notes before installing 8.10. One issue that I found (which applies to me) is that older ATI video cards have a problem with the new driver. It’s a minor issue (in that AMD/ATI supports them, but it wasn’t coded into the driver), but it could cause problems for you if you’re not paying attention.
So far, I haven’t seen a lot of differences in what I use Ubuntu for. However their web site provides you with a list of features and upgrades. As I play around with it more, I’ll post about it.
One of the things that I’m curious to try out is their MythTV option (which is similar to Media Center). It wouldn’t work in my Hardy Heron version, but may in this one. I believe that my TV Tuner (which is an off-brand) is recognized here.
If you’re a fan of Ubuntu, or just want to try it out, I highly encourage you to check out this version or their 8.04 (Hardy Heron) LTS version. It’s worth playing around with, and quite possibly worth switching from Windows for.
Have a great day:)