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Ubuntu Linux 7.04
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As of right now (September 2007) Ubuntu Linux appears to be the more popular of the Linux distributions out there. So I decided I had better check it out.

Downloading it, it was nice to see it was a single CD image. Some Linux distributions try and package every crazy little thing they can on the installation disk, but Ubuntu appears to try and keep it simple.

Ubuntu Install
Just booting up the installer CD and I'm already impressed!

It is not even installed yet and it starts up to an almost fully functional desktop. Unlike a typical "Live CD" this doubles as the installer.

One little problem, I happened to notice that if the display starts up at only 800*600 (which I guess it may do if it doesn't recognize the monitor or video card) then the installer application doesn't quite fit on the display.

Ubuntu Desktop
Once installed, the desktop is basically the same.

Like a number of other current Linux distributions, Ubuntu uses the GNOME desktop, with the Nautilus file manager, and the GNOME panels.

Interestingly there are no desktop icons by default. It appears the intention is to access disks and drives using the "Places"  menu.

Ubuntu Places
Inconsistently though, as you start inserting disks or connecting to network drives icons for them appear on the desktop.

Ubuntu's file browser is configured to display with a full set of toolbars and and a side pane listing the drives on the system. The current location is represented by a series of buttons. You can toggle this using the button on the left to manually enter a folder location or a SMB, FTP, or SFTP URL. (HTTP urls are not accepted as this is not a web browser)

Ubuntu Networks
As seems to be thankfully typical now these days, it lets you graphically browse Windows networks.

Ubuntu Add/Remove
I think this is probably why Ubuntu is so popular. They make it very easy to get get whatever software you want. The Add/Remove Applications (in the application menu) makes available a huge amount of software from their internet repository displayed in a very logical, descriptive, simple, and orderly manner. It even goes as far as including user ratings!

The Update Manager also provides updates in a fairly friendly manner, but at a whopping 180 megs of downloads I think it could use an option to sort by size. Also putting the individual updates in groups that could be selected/unslected as a group or individually could be beneficial - as it turns out the update hog is OpenOffice.

Ubuntu Restricted Software
Similar to Add/Remove Applications, the Restricted Drivers manager makes it dead simple to download and install any needed drivers that have licenses that prevent them from being directly included with the Ubuntu CD.