A look at Ubuntu and Kubuntu 7.10 (by Chris Smart)

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| This new release of Ubuntu is the most user friendly and well supported Linux
| distribution I've ever used. Most hardware seems to just work out of the box
| with the help of the their restricted driver manager. The system is very
| configurable and well integrated. The inclusion of Compiz is a welcome
| enhancement and other new features such as Tracker for desktop search
| technology take the system up a whole new notch of usability. It's not there
| yet, of course, but for me this release certainly improves on the firm base
| set down by previous releases. My MacBook has never been happier, except for
| maybe the battery which is sure to get a bigger work out with all these fancy
| new features.
| Ubuntu - 9 "Smarties" out of 10.
| Kubuntu - 8.5 "Smarties" out of 10.


First Look: Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Linux

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| Gutsy Gibbon' release brings flash and function, cementing Ubuntu's lead as
| the desktop Linux leader.


Vista-esque theme for GNOME...


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| Moomex Theme: The goal of this theme is to provide an Eye Candy for your
| Gnome Desktop. This theme aims to be very



Divining from the Entrails of Ubuntu's Gutsy Gibbon

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| According to the 2007 DesktopLinux.com survey, Ubuntu is the distribution of
| choice for 30% of GNU/Linux users. The exact figure is questionable, but
| Ubuntu's dominance is not. For an increasing number of people, Ubuntu is
| GNU/Linux. Yet, looking at the pre-releases of Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10, I
| found myself becoming disturbed by the degree to which this popularity has
| translated into uncritical acceptance.


Educating GNU/Linux users

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| More – if you know more than somebody, as Ubuntu’s developers obviously do,
| you have an obligation to give them the opportunity. To do otherwise is to
| dismiss the average person as willfully ignorant. Possibly, I’m naive, but
| I’m not quite ready to regard others that way.
| Anyway, which came first: operating systems like Windows that prevent people
| from learning about their computers, or users who were fixated on
| accomplishing specific tasks. If computer users are task-oriented, at least
| some of the time, the reason could be that they’re conditioned to be so.
| Perhaps they’ve learned from Windows that prying into the inner workings of
| their computer is awkward and difficult. We don’t really know how many users
| will want to learn more, given the opportunity.