The latest Ubuntu release came out just two weeks ago, but that’s old news by now. I have never been much of an Ubuntu fan, and the fact is, I disliked it… a lot. I still stand by the fact that I believe the distro was severely over hyped with the earlier versions, but the latest launch, “Hardy Heron” changes my thoughts quite a bit.
New Ubuntu versions come out often, but this one is different. It offers “Long-Term Support”, so you can install it and not have to worry about support fading before three-years pass. From my previous experience with Feisty Fawn, however, Hardy Heron is far more polished and is putting Linux on the right track to mass adoption.
Booting up on the notebook, everything worked, from the graphics to WiFi to audio to Bluetooth to web cam and beyond. I couldn’t find anything that didn’t work. And that was before the installation! So to say I’m impressed would be an understatement. I use Gentoo on the desktop and have zero interest of using Ubuntu there given I prefer how that distro works, but for the notebook, it’s absolutely perfect. The less work you need to do in the initial setup process, the better.
I am not a fan of GNOME, however, so I tested out both Ubuntu and Kubuntu, and ultimately stuck with the latter. It’s hard to not notice the difference between the two, though. While hardware detection is the same, Kubuntu lacks the overall polish of Ubuntu, which is fine by me since I tend to configure things a lot anyway, but it’s still too bad. There’s not even a GRUB bootsplash like there is for Ubuntu, which is beyond strange given how simple it is to add.
But that aside, I’m pleased so far with Kubuntu and have no real complaints. It lacks certain things that I like, but that’s because I’m so used to my current setup. Ubuntu is catered towards new users and veterans alike, so it’s design can’t be faulted too much (although there are a few things I do find strange, but I’ll tackle that later). Overall though, this is the first time I’ve ever recommended Ubuntu, so I’m off to go pinch myself.