AN: I must say, you are not the first one asking this kind of question :. I spoke about it with some guys from the team and one of them suggested this answer: "No, I don't have a problem with these guys because they are like my children most of the time - they eat trashy food, they speak trash, they behave like trash and they treat you like trash.
It fits my view of software development perfectly and I really think that the open source model is one of the most dynamic and creative development models around. It provides plenty of scoop for creativity and cooperation and no doubt it's just the beginning.
As a woman, I feel like a human being working with other human beings I hope so :. So one may encounter relationship problems in this team as in any other field. It's hard to avoid bias, and of course the Linux world is also suffering because it. But I must say I haven't had any major problems until now I cross my fingers twice :. I think the most important words are open mind and dialogue, sane discussions and respect.
Yes, there are very few women in the Linux world, but it's up to them to contribute and to become part of it. It's just a question of interest. AN: One of the main technical obstacles is the hardware support level. Even if lots of improvements have been made, there will be problems with more exotic hardware. Even with regard to supported hardware, the support can be incomplete or can lack important functionality.
We can see it with printers, PDAs, graphical chipsets I would also add two other items: the ergonomic qualities of graphical environments and gaming. Both of them are essential in targeting a wide range of end users. As far as the graphical environments are concerned many improvements have been done, but unfortunately, old habits are difficult to change and the Linux desktop will have to deliver much more innovation.
Moreover, the integration of open source software has to become a priority in order to help the users find the best open source software in a smooth, well-integrated environment. Finally, gaming is also a weak point on the Linux desktop. Many users do not change their operating system because Linux lacks good games. But providing games for the Linux platform is essential if we want to attract more users.
If you've enjoyed this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly, please consider sending us a tip. DistroWatch Weekly A weekly opinion column and a summary of events from the distribution world. Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It is dedicated to the recently released Mandriva Linux , with a first look review at Mandriva's latest release, an interview with the company's Director of Engineering, and a brief note comparing the new releases from the traditional European Linux power houses - Mandriva and openSUSE.
Finally, for those of you who enjoy the DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics, don't miss the Site News section, which summarises a brief experiment that took place on the web site last week. It's a bumper issue, so get yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the read! I had tried Mandrake Linux back when I was first discovering Linux, but as with most RPM-based distros at the time I got frustrated when wanting to install something that wasn't done during the initial installation.
Things have changed since then and I was eager to find out what Mandriva was offering. The boot process to get to the installer was as expected these days - lovely graphics and a smooth ride, although it took quite a long time. The screen resolution was not detected properly and this made the fonts look a bit ugly, but I didn't fuss too much about this.
The CD boots straight into a configuration wizard prompting the user to select things such as language, keyboard layout and time zone. Finally we get to choose what desktop effects we would like: none, Metisse or CompizFusion. I had a play with Metisse but was not overly impressed, it is certainly not on par with Compiz. From here it boots straight into KDE. I noticed that my Atheros-based wireless device worked out of the box with the MadWiFi driver.
Support for MP3 music and other non-free files works out of the box, too. This is welcome news to users who wish to use non-GPL drivers as it all works out of the box , but for those concerned with software freedom, it isn't such good news. I'm not sure how Mandriva is able to ship non-GPL drivers with the live system, but no-one seems to care about this any more.
Gone are the days when a distribution was covered pretty much under a simple open source license like the GPL 2. Now, end user license agreements are getting pretty strange. Reading the license we see a warning about Mandriva containing software that might not be patent-free and therefore causing their end users to break the law.
Is this a good thing? Users concerned about using illegal software should download 'The "purely" Free Software Edition' of Mandriva from their web site. Unfortunately, the touchpad on my MacBook didn't work properly, but at least it worked like a basic one-button mouse. I also found that there was no support for any of the MacBook's special keys like volume control or brightness, although it did automatically dim the screen when unplugged from mains power. Even the page up, page down, home, end and delete keys didn't work.
The desktop My initial impression of the desktop was that it was simple and clean. Konqueror also has a nice sidebar with actions that the 'right click' menu presents and it looks really good. The Mandriva Control Center was very impressive.
It was well laid out, clear and easy to understand. The tools were very powerful but simple enough to use and I changed my resolution to x easily enough. The system comes with a nice selection of applications, including everything the average desktop user might need.
The desktop layout is well thought out and the application menu is cleanly arranged into groups like 'Tools' and 'Graphics'. I would like to have seen descriptions for applications turned on, however, as users new to Linux aren't going to know what programs like GIMP, K3b or Amarok do.
Right clicking on 'Menu' gave me the option to switch to the 'Kickoff' menu style from Novell which worked nicely. Mandriva One "KDE" - the default desktop full image size: kB, screen resolution: x pixels Installation On the Desktop is an icon to install Mandriva which kicks up the installer. It had a very simple layout with only a few steps to a successful install and it looked nice and clean.
I was impressed. All I had to do was tell Mandriva where I wanted it to install itself and away it went copying the system. To my surprise, it supported LVM well and managing this was also very simple. I just had to click on the empty space and make a new logical volume.
After watching the progress bar for a number of minutes the installer prompted me to configure the boot loader, GRUB. The installer did not detect any of my other installed Linux distributions and it did think I had Windows installed for some reason. There is an option to add an entry for your other distributions, the configuration of which is assisted with pull down menus listing available kernels and init images.
After I had finished playing in the live system, I was ready to reboot into my freshly installed Mandriva system. During initial boot-up the initrd was dying, saying it couldn't mount the root file system. Either way I was forced to install it under a virtualised environment instead, which introduced some issues of its own. Mandriva couldn't detect the hard drive, causing the installer to 'crash' and create a bug report.
This I solved by creating a new IDE drive which worked just fine. Package management and system configuration After completing this install I have to say Mandriva worked quite well. I was first prompted to configure the network, set the root password and create a new user. In this system I had a chance to try the package management system. By default no repositories were listed, but a handy wizard appears which walks you through adding the official update and source repositories, as well as any custom repositories if you want them.
NOTE: the 'source' repositories does not mean 'source code' but more like a 'source of all the Mandriva packages'. You will need this to install anything in the repository that didn't come on the install CD. Once I had the official sources added, I tried to install SuperTux and Frozen Bubble as Mandriva doesn't come with any games pre-installed.
Simply searching for the games in this interface and enabling them caused them to be downloaded from the Internet and installed. Mandriva also comes with a system tray update utility, which showed that there were two updates available - tar and util-linux-ng. Nice work, but pretty standard on distributions these days. Probably that which left the biggest impression on me was the Mandriva Control Center. It is well laid out and split into manageable and sensible sections.
The tools themselves are easy to use and fast. This should bode well with users making the move from Windows and those who prefer GUI configuration tools to the command line. In fact, included is a Windows migration tool to import a user's documents and settings.
I couldn't test this. Well done Mandriva! Mandriva Linux - the Mandriva Control Center full image size: kB, screen resolution: x pixels Conclusion There were aspects of this Mandriva release that I really liked, such as the installer and the Control Center but overall the system didn't really grab me. It is quite a decent, well put-together operating system with all the basics and a few extras like the Control Center and 3D desktop effects. It was stable and ran well, but on the whole it didn't seem to offer anything exciting enough to make me want to switch to the distribution permanently.
For the seasoned Mandriva user, I get the impression this will be quite a worthy upgrade, but as for me I'm going to check back when the next release arrives. Interview with Anne Nicolas, Director of Engineering, Mandriva Women are rare in the Linux world and even rarer in senior technical positions of Linux companies.
Since taking up the job earlier this year, the quality and development standards at Mandriva Linux seem to have improved considerably. What's the secret? Anne explains her role and contribution to the Mandriva development process in this exclusive interview with DistroWatch. As the first question, could you please introduce yourself? How long have you been working for Mandriva and what exactly are your responsibilities? DW: Looking back at the development process of Mandriva Linux , are there any features or design decisions that you were personally responsible for?
DW: Judging by the readers' comments in the recent issues of DistroWatch Weekly, it looks like the new version is the most bug-free Mandriva release for quite a few years. What do you attribute this welcome change to? Have there been any major changes in the way Mandriva Linux is developed? DW: The open source software world can be a rough environment, often dominated by strong, young and bull-headed hackers. As a woman, how do you feel being part of this world? Have you ever regretted joining it?
DW: From the technical point of view, what do you think are the biggest obstacles to Linux becoming a mainstream desktop OS? DW: Anne, thank you very much for your time and keep up the good work! It didn't take long before the first reviews started coming in, mostly praising the usability and enhancements in this version.
Ubuntu seems to have done a very good job indeed and there is little doubt that "Gutsy" is a worthwhile upgrade for most Ubuntu users. I have briefly tested the new version by doing a clean install on a spare box and I really liked what I'd seen so far; while some users were afraid of the integration of CompizFusion into the distribution, I have found it to be a very unobtrusive feature - there are no wobbly Windows or other effects that might be considered annoying rather than useful, just tasteful transformation effects that give an impression of a smooth and pleasant desktop.
I also upgraded an existing Ubuntu 7. We should have a more detailed review in the next issue of DistroWatch Weekly, but for now it's suffice to say that "Gutsy" is probably the project's most impressive release to-date. Well done, Ubuntu! This conclusion comes from early reviews of the two products, as well as our DistroWatch Weekly forums, which have witnessed an unusual number of positive comments from users who installed the latest Mandriva, while at the same time a number of others commented about the bugs found in openSUSE In our little just-for-fun comparison, we, the judges, find that Mandriva wins by 4 categories to 2.
Let us know. If you ask Jesse Keating, one of the distribution's developers, this is what you get for the answer : " Working wireless out of the box. Intel firmware is in, works well, and NetworkManager rewrite leaves me with some pretty damn good software to manage it. There was a small issue with the backlight upon resume, but now there is a proper hal-info quirk to support it.
It Just Works. Again rivals OSX. As a side effect, the little remote that came with my laptop just works too. If I tried to put Windows back on this I know I'd be playing the driver game, looking at craptastic network control tools, wishing I had a second battery and generally hating life. The fact that we can rival the OSX experience continues to amaze me.
New names have been chosen to be more descriptive of what each of these releases are trying to accomplish. These names should also lend themselves better to translation into other languages. This version has KDE 4. Extra plasmoids are included with the extragear-plasma and playground-base packages, no Amarok included as it didn't build.
The Plasma setup looks only good at x resolution - seems Plasma has still to learn about resolution dependence. This is the first time the document has been updated since the July 2nd release of Slackware Those of you who follow the Slackware Current branch are probably the first users running the latest stable kernel 2.
Org 7. Note, however, there are a number of known issues with this version of X. Org: " There are a few known problems with this release. Please let us know if you have solutions to any of these. The following modules were not upgraded in the X.
Odds are good that due to the driver ABI change none of these are currently working. The glibc library, however, remains at 2. For more details please see the Slackware Current ChangeLog. It also looks like people want it, so I think it is a really good idea. The only caveat is - will it be stable enough?
Time will tell. The ISO contains a standard DesktopBSD distribution: a live system that can be booted without installing first, an installer that copies the operating system to your hard disk and a large selection of packages for most of your every-day needs.
For now, the snapshots are only available for the AMD64 architecture, but we will start providing i snapshots soon. The project's newest release, version 1. New scientific applications were also included. These solutions result form using the Debian official packages 'debian-live' and 'debian-cd', making the development of PAIPIX more sustainable in the medium range.
Ubuntu has consistently ranked 1 in reviews of security update responsiveness and effectiveness. The Ubuntu platform is fully certified and supported, making it a secure choice for users looking to explore, deploy and enjoy Linux. Kubuntu 7. Improved desktop, updated applications and increased usability features are just a few of the surprises with this latest release. The goal for Kubuntu 7. The development team has once again succeeded in reaching their goals, and we are very happy to bring you this new release.
We hope you enjoy your Kubuntu 7. Edubuntu 7. This release includes both installation CDs and installable live CDs for several architectures. Highlights of this release: Edubuntu KDE desktop - new meta package for easy setup; improved session management applications; easier installation of educational applications; collaborative editing by default; thin client - LTSP.
The Edubuntu classroom server install builds on the functionality from the previous release, simplifying common Linux classroom server deployment processes. It includes the very latest thin client software, LTSP Xubuntu 7. A new theme, MurrinaStormCloud, using the Murrine Engine so it is faster than the themes in previous releases.
The most important software updates in Gutsy are the new Pidgin 2. Slamd64 Linux Here's a short list of highlights: Linux 2. Slamd64 12 will be supported with security updates for at least the next two releases. Foresight Linux 1. Foresight Linux is a Linux distribution that features a rolling release schedule, a revolutionary package manager, the latest GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date packages.
PackageKit is a system designed to make installing and updating software on your computer easier. The primary design goal is to unify all the software graphical tools used in different distributions, and use some of the latest technology like PolicyKit to make the process suck less.
Kiwi Linux 7. Modifications to Ubuntu 7. FreeBSD 7. This wasn't a glitch and it wasn't done in order to develop a better ranking system - it was simply a hour experiment to determine how the absence of the table would affect the number of hits each distribution page received.
The main reason for this experiment was a continuous string of emails and forum posts from readers who suspect foul play due to the fact that a relatively little-known distribution now occupies the top spot in the Page Hit Ranking table. Could it be that there are a few automatic web bots that load the PCLinuxOS page in regular intervals and thus artificially inflate the number of page views?
Simply our distro StartCom Linux had a development release announcement and the missing of the page hit rankings was striking. Now I understand why he hasn't replied against his usual habits. However since it already happened for one day I made the following suggestion and asked a few questions. Here some part of the mail I realized that it's back today, so maybe it was just a glitch yesterday. I know that you always said that one shouldn't take them too seriously, so do I think as well.
On the other hand, Distrowatch would present a more neutral picture, if the page hit rankings would move somewhere to the back pages Would the numbers overall be more flat perhaps? Would lesser known distros have a fairer chance overall, considering the influence distrowatch has by now?
Certainly some valid questions I have promised the people here a mini Ubuntu review. I downloaded the 32 bit Desktop edition. Installing it was impossible. It hung for hours seriously at configuring apt. The reason being that my internet connection is ADSL pppoe.
I had never been offered the option to configure it, so the task couldn't be completed. You would expect a time out, wouldn't you? Nothing like that. So I fired up pppoeconf. It reported that it was connected, but a ping wouldn't work.
That is typical of distros with a poor pppoe implementation. So I downloaded the alternate edition. Installing this one was another pain in the a I needed to start with the "expert" option. It wasn't obvious at all how to do it, at least it wasn't like Debian and yet they use the Debian installer Anyway, this was easily solved: hit "Esc" at the very beginning and you can type "expert" Expert in Ubuntu has many exotic options, many more than in Debian. I had to try several times, because by the time tasksel was fired up, I got an unrecoverable error something like it wasn't possible to determine the release.
After many attempts with several different parameters, I finally succeeded. And now begins my unpleasant experience with using Ubuntu. Some of the issues I came across: 1 No sound. It doesn't cause serious problems. But in Ubuntu Firefox was trying to start but failed. It did start eventually, after about 10 attempts.
Now it was time to add some more software, kubuntu-desktop and a few more packages, about MB stuff. The time it took to download the software was reasonable. Later I completed installing the packages from terminal with "dpkg --configure -a". It took another hour. I am going to overwrite it with another distro, possibly Debian Lenny.
It is beyond me how a a contemporary Linux distro can be so buggy and lacking and yet so successful. The splash screen was replaced by the Kubuntu one, I wonder why. I have always found the Kubuntu implementation of KDE very disappointing. Examples: no Control Center in the menu by default? You have to edit the menu. Home only in System Menu? Very unintuitive. First thing, the upgrade from New release is noticably faster than , which was a bit sluggish compared to some other distros Mepis 6.
The new kernel has full NTFS support, something that was sorely lacking with , which used 2. Compiz-Fusion work out of the box and is pretty stable, it's yet to crash on me. Not a huge upgrade compared to , but a large step in the right direction. And congratulations to Ladislav on his little experiment.
Hopefully this will put a stop to all this "my distro is higher in the rankings than yours" nonsense and everyone will take the rankings for what they really are, a funny little factoid which means nothing. The display just would not appear when i was installiing from the CD and the boot stalled. The install completed and my card worked fine albeit no acceleration yet. There is a new driver for it but is still testing and this is not the place to discuss drivers anyway. Otherwise, my experience with this version of Ubuntu so far is much better than what I expected.
Well, you be the judge, I do not think so. Yup,, so far and I crammed a lot of junk into it. Its Ubuntu! What more can I say?. It is getting more polished with every release. But again I dont customize the install. I load it update it and straythere till the next release. Actually I am finding Linux starting to be as boring as windows, it main stream now.
I have about 10 coworkers using Linux. My laptop can now suspend without error plus i think it is a bit speedier than feisty. Kudos to Ubuntu dev! Plugging off my network cable caused it to timeout and continue with the installation. But I'll have to edit sources. For those who didn't know or realise this, Ubuntu's almost hits on this date certainly stand out far more than the placement of PCLOS.
Also, I wouldn't complain about he number of options in Expert mode, there's a reason it's named that I'm curious. Maybe a dumb question but it is Monday morning here and I am a bit slow. SuSE although I have problems with the new intel driver runs more smoothly on my laptop. And, Yes, it looks much more pretty than Mandriva althoug I would not say that Mandriva looks bad. It is till better than Ubuntu.
Probably it'll be installed on my fathers' pc first as he showed interest in moving to linux and particularly that distro. Or perhaps looking at the lowest ranked distributions which might be very original or have weird features can be a way of finding again some passion? The Live Cd install hung for so long I had to do a hard reset. Alternate install worked fine, but apart from having Compiz as default, what else is new?
Nice splash screen, and the Ubuntu Studio theme is now much nicer. Killer, as far as I'm concerned, is that from the time you put name and password in to the time you can actually do anything is inordinately long, almost 2 minutes on my system. There also seem to be issues with OpenOffice, with many complaints about dependencies I played with it for a day, then scrubbed it and went back to Feisty. Sounds like a good idea to me Ladislav : Keep your stick on the ice Latest PPC release I've found is 6-point-something.
Which works okay; I'm not complaining. I can't see any relationship between Vacarm Linux and the Syllable project. Are you adding Syllable to Distrowatch or that text just slipped instead of the correct one for Vacarm Linux? Thanks for DWW!
But I didn't get that far. IMO, with Ubuntu you go from an extreme to the other, from almost no options if you use the Desktop edition to too many if you use the alternate edition in expert mode. But firefox has been slow so I uninstalled ubuntufox and this seems to have helped. I dont run any thing fancy compiz and I turn on and off index cause this is an old box duron mhz.
I like it and would reccomend. Mandriva vs. I have no problems with it. The few issues I have are easy to solve. I do agree with what he says. A Mac based review only targets a small percentage of the audience here. The bulk of the readers are PC based and a review that was based on that architecture would be more appropriate and meaningful.
I do think the author did an excellent job though. I have a P and have had issues with edgy and feisty getting sound to work and with the GPU fan not working. Do these work by default for you? I love the 'experiment' of the missing distro ranking, and your interesting evaluation of the process and how it works. Kind of a reverse Laplace transform. I suppose evaluation of net entries, provides a telliing pulse of popularity, that could also become a ranking system.
I have 14 different Linux distros on my system, with one gig partition holding all my music, photos, chess games, ada programs and other user data. That lets me differentially test what comes out and never store data on the 10 gig distro specific partition.
Reading each distrowatch post is like eating candy. I still love openSUSE Thanks again Ladislav for making the flow of change so easy to be a part of. I am looking at purchasing a laptop shortly and would like to get a very Linux compatible one. Impressed with the HP series. I have done searches but can't really find a site with up to date information on compatibility. How can I find out what new affordable laptops are compatible with Linux? This is very helpful to those of us who have time constraints.
This is a lot of work and I think the reviewers have been doing a great job. There are no perfect reviews, especially when users judge the quality of a review by how much they like the conclusions. I used Ubuntu 7. Quite an improvement over previous releases. Microsoft should be very afraid. I'm most looking forward to Fedora 8.
I've found that the quality of Fedora has improved a lot recently. I've also found that they have very good hardware support. I just wish these distros would stop doing ugly impersonations of the Vista wallpaper. Fedora 7 has the best default wallpaper I've ever seen. It simply means that those users hit the Distrowatch link for that site. While it might influence newbies, it's not a viable measurement of market penetration, or a qualitative endorsement of one distro over another.
I would like to see Distrowatch run a Usage Poll at some point, but even that might be skewed. Still, it would give the kiddies something else to argue about. Mandriva installed and worked without a hitch. For that matter so did Ubuntu 7. OpenSuse Overall Mandriva and Ubuntu worked very well.
I was impressed with Ubuntu. It has come a long way. On the other hand Kubuntu 7. Thumbs down to them sadly. Until OpenSuse makes proprietary driver installation easier than it has been I can't give them much credit. I installed the software and checked out the additional disk of software drivers that I needed and decided it wasn't going to be worth the additional effort to download burn and install. The DVD Iso took several hrs over my cable connect via torrent.
There were less peers and I started Kubuntu a bit later. For both distros, I picked up the Desktop 32 bit version. My processor s is are? But I've found that eventually, something won't work because that something expects a 32 bit system. Anyhow, I burn both to cd, and boot the Kubutu first. Unattended, the video wasn't recognized or something, my mobo is a gigabyte gmerh with I wandered back into the room to find a beautiful multicolored display of junk.
So I reboot, this time paying a little more attention to my boot choices. I forget what I chose, but it didn't work. So, fine Beautiful chocolate gnome desktop. Willie Wonka wants to lick the screen. Everything works. I didn't want to install it on the HD inside my machine, so I put an old HD in a USB enclosure and told the installer to install to that, using the entire disk. Everything went fine, I remove the CD and reboot. I copy a directory full of settings for firefox, then use F2 "firefox -profilemanager" to add and select that profile.
Everything was beautiful. Ok, no youtube, but I can live with that. It's Ubuntu. Besides, I think I got it set up later. A bit of surprise when I shut that system down, unplugged the USB drive and then powered it up. I reboot with the UBCD and use super grub disk or something, and that automagically fixed it. I think I could live with the Ubuntu 7. One problem that I've had with this hardware Using Mint 3.
I've been blaming my really old monitor Princeton Ultra The odd thing was, other images while browsing, or using Gimp look just fine. The point is: with Ubuntu 7. So I take the Kubuntu disc upstairs to my other machine. For me, the DGGC has been flaky at best.
It has some sort of ATI integrated graphics. The live CD booted perfectly with no interaction from me. Everything worked, except Firefox. If Firefox was on that CD, I couldn't find it. No IceWeasel either. Quite a surprise. Beautiful though. The wife wanted something done, Right Then. So I booted into XP, printed her file, then for fun, put the Kubuntu disc back in the drive. What do I see? So, next time i boot to the live kubuntu, i'll try installing wine and running the windows firefox from there.
Sure, it has Konqueror. NOW: Page Hits Probably any distro that is about to release, or has a recent release is going to move up. The default 6 month look back window should smooth that out. But, with numbers in the to hits per day range, it doesn't take much effort to manipulate. At the same time, any manipulation can be detected. Instead of fighting Windows,linux Distros are finishing each other..
This is a sad and useless developement It's the only one I could get to download properly from a site. Everything worked except for audio. I must have audio. Anyone else have issues with audio? Any suggestions? Please e-mail me if you have a honest suggestion. I just visit the site and I can read these words: "distribution Ubuntu 7. If you count 'em, there is not just one but 6 words you can understand in English. The reviewer is using hardware that only a small percent of users actually use.
You can't make a decent conclusion based on this. The reviewer shouldn't then blame problems that he encounters, on the distro. Like the GRUB errors. If you look around, you will find that almost all the reviews on the Web are done on standard hardware, whether desktop or laptop.
Then why all the DistroWatch reviews are done on a Mac? Next time, try reviewing Ubuntu 7. A Smart Solaris expert? Some other exotic hardware and Linux applications on them might be very intellectually stimulating Dell offers laptops with Ubuntu on them Intel graphics and wireless. System76 is also popular, from what I've read.
Lenovo has a good history of Linux compatibility. HP pretends to be Linux-friendly, but in my experience, that ends at the door of the marketing department. I don't recommend HP. There are smaller problems with laptops such as suspend or special buttons. I don't know of a laptop that works perfectly with Linux, to be honest, and I've worked with a lot of laptops.
However, you can install Linux on most laptops without difficulty, and use them for most productive purposes without problem. I recommend the Dell, but that's just my opinion. The recent release of openSUSE I decided to give Mandriva a shot, because it's been a few years since the last time I used it. Mandriva The installation and configuration were both very easy. As a matter of fact, the install itself went very smooth.
It still requires a little bit of know-how, but that goes for any OS installation. I really am pleased with Mandriva so much that I went ahead and purchased the Powerpack version. Keep up the excellent work. Take, for instance, the following: "Given that, I don't think there is any reason to worry about the future of Gentoo. There is no way he, or perhaps any of us, could have foreseen the turmoil that was to rock the Gentoo boat. As a new Linux enthusiast with an interest in history, I'll be surveying past DWWs over the next few weeks in order to see how we have arrived at our current position.
Meanwhile, I shall ask the following: What do you, fellow readers, believe to be the most memorable developments in the Linux community over this timeframe? Inspiring eg. Novell's infamous partnership , intriguing, fascinating, or otherwise. It hung there because it was trying to verify the lines in your sources.
With the number of people trying to download late last week, the official repo was deadly slow. A lot of us saw this problem. That problem is already resolved. The rest of your problems appear to be a mixture of not having your repo hookup working correctly and wanting things that Ubuntu didn't provide, like bigmem.
Consider this, if this release is so buggy it takes everyone several hours to install and they must expert mode from an alternate edition, how is it that it's working so well for most others? That is something which happens regularly with Linux distributions they work better for some, worse for others. With Ubuntu releases I always seem to have more problems than others but I know for a fact I am not the only one.
And besides installing it wasn't the only problem. I have used Mandriva in the past and it has always worked well for my hardware. Stability and speed has been an issue but it ussually worked. I tried one live and it has to be the best Mandriva resease I have ever used. My display brightness feature that doesn't work in Linux works in Mandriva. Sound works. Streaming video off the net works. I just need a couple of codecs for dvd play but beyond that, my camera, printer all work fine.
Installation and partitioning was easy. Installation was about 30 minutes. The boot up speed in 08 is faster. Applications open faster. Compiz fusion works awesome. It can be unstable at times but seems pretty usable and looks great! I have to give credit where it is due and so far from my early experiences this distro is the easiest I have ever used! I am going to try the Gnome version soon but for a free release finally a usable one from Mandriva this is really stellar work.
The people behind Mandriva did a great job!! With great anticipation I installed Ubuntu Gutsy and for the most part was also impressed. Instalation was extremely fast probably just under 30 minutes. Partitioning was equally easy as Mandriva as opposed to the confusing mess of Suse!
The Compiz fusion integration is very impressive in Ubuntu as well. Everything seemed stable however I ran into a few snags. Media playback with streaming video was hit and miss. I had to install mplayer for it to work and some things would work and others would not unlike Mandriva.
Also no sound!! I had the same problem with the last release but was able to remedy it. I have a recent Toshiba laptop with all the intel hardware, graphics card and sound card with realtec drivers. I looked on the Ubuntu forums but I could not find a fix and the previous fix would not work. It is an annoying bug and one I thought would be fixed in this release. I think the configuration on my laptop is very common and Ubuntu developers should have ironed this out before release.
I will say on the up side the boot time is amazingly fast, faster than any other distro I have used. Wireless support seems improved as well. All in all Ubuntu 7. I hope with some updates down the road or a fix on the forums will solve this in a short time. Until then Ubuntu has been deleted and Mandriva is back on my Linux partition. I think the way Mandriva and Ubuntu are configuring their desktops is the future of Linux. Great hardware detection, ease of use, setup and installation.
Most media works out of the box or with an easy configuration. Stable and fast desktops and applications. It just keeps getting better. I used to love to tinker with Slackware and Debian to get things just the way I like but it took a lot of time. I still think Debian is probably the best distro ever and Slackware is amazingly fast but configuration can be problematic.
I am no expert in computers. I have more skill than the average joe but that is not saying much. I do see Debian moving in a more easy to use path which I am very happy about. So far Linux just gets better. Sometimes with distros each release either excells or falls back. With Suse I think they fell back with their latest release while Mandriva went leaps ahaed and Ubuntu continues to get better. All I can say is I appreciate all the hard work the developers are doing to make such a refined and well made product that is easy to use.
I am very grateful to have the ability to use linux!! Check that your output for the same commands matches the output for the reporter of that bug, and if so, add a comment mentioning you're experiencing the same problem.
The Ubuntu live CD booted without problems, and also detected and connected to my wireless network using ipw without any manual configuration. However, after installing to hard disk, it gave me a blank screen on first boot for over 3 minutes before getting to the log in screen, took another couple of minutes after logging in to load the desktop, and detected the wireless network but wouldn't allow me to connect.
It seems obvious that running the Ubuntu live CD does NOT give you an accurate picture of what you should expect from installing to hard disk. And yes, Microsoft should be very afraid - Ubuntu is almost as buggy as Vista now! It installed fine on my PC at the time. However, the font was terrible and there weren't that many applications to speak of. I remember ApllixWare or something like that. It was just a quick test to see what Linux was like.
That was the most user-friendly at that time. There are improvement but the font are still not good enough. Tons of people were interest enough to create a derivative of Knoppix. Although Knoppix was not the first Live CD created, it helps fire up the rapid development and improvements for desktop Linux. The desktop is much more pleasant to eye, as far as the fonts are concerned - Gentoo also got popular.
I even tried it a couple times but it was too time consuming for my taste. Just like Knoopix, derivatives of Ubuntu are everywhere. Those are, for me the most memorable moments. Unforgettable moments indeed! I am still waiting for the moment when all the popular software boxes in store run on Linux, just like they runs on Windows, Mac.
I am still waiting for the moment when all the major hardware components has driver support for Linux. I predict we will see this happen in 5 years. Your hard work is appreciated very much! I posted last week at the tail-end of the comments section about my Ubuntu 7. I thought that I would elaborate a bit further for this new issue of DWW. I have a Toshiba Satellite A75 that runs at 3gig with 1. Once the system finally booted and I looked around a bit, it was very sluggish.
I tried to boot into XP and it had to repair itself because somehow the 7. Round Two: I went for the complete hard drive installation which wiped my XP partition. Even with XP completely gone I had the same bios bug error and my laptop still was very sluggish. Round Three: I used the alternate 7. I did go to the Ubuntu Community several times and noticed that others had the same problems. Intel Hda driver Nvidea chip nvidea driver both.
Nvidea Ethernet chip both. Same board on Ubuntu 7. Perhaps the Ubuntu devs should focus on catching up with Mandriva before they set their sights on the wider OS market. Users come here looking for a recommended distribution. Distrowatch shows what visitors to the site are using. Many of the links are disappointing after you spend the time to check out the site and download and install.
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A narrow aluminum strip running around the screen, the display lid's darker color also available in red or blue and the Edge series' glowing red i-dot in the ThinkPad logo break the monotonous looks generally associated with the Thinkpads. We cannot comprehend the reason why Lenovo went with a glossy finish for the area surrounding the keys breaking. This measure is not really a beauty upgrade. It is going to be a nightmare to keep this area free from fingerprint smudges and dust for even a short period of time.
The overall case quality can definitely compare to superior business notebooks and does feature good stiffness. The surface can only be deformed in the critical areas, such as the display lid and over the optical drive and battery compartment. The materials' quality does not quite reach the level of more expensive business lines like the Latitude, Elitebook or ThinkPad T, X or W series.
The wrist rest is firm, the display lid is rigid and the display hinges have a secure grip. We did not determine teetering here. The bottom has two covers that allow access to all important components quickly and easily. The notebook stays in place even without the battery thanks to the rubberized feet. The workmanship is good; we did not notice any protruding ridges, irregular transitions or sharp edges.
The weight of roughly 2. The ThinkPad Edge E features solid connectivity options that should cover most use-cases. Moreover, quite a few modifications have been made to the interface positioning. The three USB 3. A powered USB 2. The E's combined audio jack significantly restricts the choice of headsets with separate jacks and prevents the further use of existing peripherals that have two separate inputs.
The interfaces are easy to reach due to the positioning towards the front , but consequently have the disadvantage of partly obstructing the work area when devices are connected. Compared with the E, Lenovo has changed the positioning a bit, but we do not see this as an improvement. The ports on the left are still too close to each other, getting blocked especially when wider USB extensions are used alongside other devices. You will end up with fewer usable ports that will leave you annoyed.
Basically, retrofitting a UMTS module would be possible via the existing mSATA interface and a SIM card slot, but our test model did not have the necessary antennae, which complicates future addition considerably. Besides the usual password options, our Edge E featured a fingerprint reader located next to the touchpad available in specific models only and allows for an alternative form of access. Beyond that, all Es include Intel's Anti-Theft technology , with which you can lock your computer either automatically or via the Internet should it be stolen.
Security features such as a smart card reader, Trusted Platform modules or the like, are still reserved for more expensive ThinkPad models. There are hardly any device specific accessories for the ThinkPad Edge E The only listings include batteries with higher capacities. However, Lenovo offers universal USB docking stations, external hard disks, mice and more, which can be used across the entire range.
Nevertheless, looking at the third party aftermarket is always worthwhile. The hard disk, RAM slots and the fan are easy to access via the large bottom cover. Very few screws have to be removed for upgrading or cleaning the laptop. More about this in the "Storage Devices" section. Lenovo offers warranty extensions for up to an additional 3 years for a surcharge a total of four years.
The chicklet keyboard with standard sized keys features a separate number pad and virtually fills the entire case width. The keys have a medium key-drop, a stiff stroke and an audible clicking noise. As usual, the larger keys such as space and return generate some clatter. The keyboard plate fits very tightly and does not yield under force. However, the plate loses a bit of its rigidness toward the right and can be depressed over the optical drive.
Whether this is considered unfavorable depends on personal typing and stroke habits in daily use. Prolific typists will be unhappy with the key design anyway and will sooner reach for a model featuring the older, well-established ThinkPad keyboard. The touchpad is big, accepts inputs very well and has good gliding qualities. Standard multi-touch gestures are supported and owing to the big surface, can be implemented easily.
Unlike the ThinkPad Edge E, the touchpad no longer has distinct mouse buttons. It works quite well although it needs a bit of familiarization, especially when frequently switching between track-point and pad as an input device. Normal typing caused some clattering noise in our model. Apparently there was a bit of room between the pad surface and the base.
This can get annoying in the long run. As always, the track-point worked flawlessly and it was no different from the other models in the ThinkPad line. The standard matte We have not found configurations with the glossy screen yet. The 15" screen's fairly low resolution enlarges the icons and a grid like appearance on the screen makes using the display a trial.
We measured the screen's maximum brightness in nine zones. Those are good values and allow use both indoors and out. Full brightness is available on battery. Displayed contents are sufficiently legible outdoors and allow for relatively long working sessions when the seating position is chosen well.
You should avoid direct sunlight because the backlight brightness cannot overcome this. Like most notebook screens, the display in our test model has a very low contrast ratio of Colors look pallid, black looks grayish and consequently, a lot of the detail is lost in pictures and movies.
Nevertheless, this result only satisfies standard requirements since the sRGB color spectrum should at least be nearly covered for image editing or graphic based tasks. Typical for TN screens, the viewing angles stability is quite good horizontally, but extremely weak vertically.
The contents fade or invert very quickly when the screen is tilted too far in either direction. The perfect viewing experience is found at very limited angles and consequently only allows minor seating position changes while working. This is perhaps for cost reasons but could also be running down Sandy Bridge inventories before moving to IB processors.
Owing to Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading, you are well equipped for most situations and you have a lot of computing power available at your fingertips. The wPrime m calculation multi-core is finished in s and the superPi 32m test single-core needs s. We did not record a CPU clock reduction on battery. Roughly the same results are achieved in the Cinebench tests with and points.
We also did not observe thermal or power supply throttling for our test model. Common applications like Office, Internet and communication applications are pretty easy tasks for the ThinkPad Edge E and only load the notebook minimally. Even image editing, spreadsheets or converting files to different formats are no problem for the system and can be assigned such use-cases without hesitation.
Conversions with the CPU reached an average framerate of fps. We could not use GPU accelerated conversions. Even Cyberlink's Media Espresso refused to work and crashed just after it started. This could be a driver problem or an incompatibility with one of the installed programs. Updating to Media Espresso 6.
We could not delve into the matter deeply due to time constraints. However, in earlier tests we noticed that converting via GPU did not load the system as much ca. A cheap method of gaining a bit more performance was to insert a second RAM module. In addition to a larger working memory, the system would benefit from the dual-channel mode, which would lead to better application performance and also increase Intel's HD Graphics performance.
A conventional GB hard disk from Western Digital is used as the primary storage device. It is a rpm drive and is hardly audible. However, the disk has poor performance with a maximum read of The empty mSATA slot could be an option to increase performance as it provides the option of installing an additional solid state drive as the system drive or for SSD caching. Low access times of 0.
So, you do not need to buy the fastest SSD model if you are planning to upgrade. Instead you can focus on price and capacity for your selection. Thanks to Nvidia's Optimus technology, the graphics performance is automatically available according to the demand or personal settings of the user. Like the processor, the optimal solution should be used here so that the battery runtime is extended.
For more comparisons, see our comprehensive GPU benchmark chart. This also explains the lower power consumption of roughly 53W during full load. Beyond that, we observed a general performance drop on battery. This corresponds to a performance loss of nearly two thirds. You get a similar result with compared to in 3DMark 06 when plugged in. The test device delivers appropriate performance for the middle-level graphics in gaming. The tested games were rendered smoothly at native screen resolution and there is room for increasing the quality settings a bit.
We did not notice any performance drops when on AC power, not even after a longer period of gaming. Thus, you get a lot more gaming fun in contrast to the integrated Intel HD Graphics However, this good result is marred by the throttling when gaming on battery power. The ThinkPad Edge E is basically a quiet notebook. Its fans are hardly audible during low load and readings come in at The active cooling system only shuts down during long idling periods. When the energy savings profile is changed, the fan speeds up slightly but remains on the quiet side with a maximum of After a long period at load, the fan does not settle to a constant speed at idle but pulsates.
When the system is at load, the fan speed fluctuates, and noise varies from It reaches a maximum of Lenovo should solve this issue with a BIOS update sometime in the future. With a maximum of It is possible to use the notebook on the lap without restrictions and cleaning the fan when necessary is easy to do, as we described in the "Maintenance" section of this article. We did not notice thermal throttling. The small speaker bar inserted in the front is, as usual, very treble-heavy and hardly supplies bass or mids.
It is only suitable for basic sound rendering. Using cheap headphones or USB speakers could provide a significant improvement. The Edge comes with a 6 cell battery with a capacity of 48Wh. We measured a power consumption ranging from a minimum of 9. The system reaches the maximum rate in 3DMark Enjoy a laptop that lasts, thanks to the durability of drop-down hinges and APS, which detects when the system is dropped and reacts by stopping the hard drive and protecting your data.
Whether you're travelling around the world or commuting between offices, at just 1. Never miss a thing in web conferences with crystal-clear video and audio, face tracking and keystroke noise suppression technology. The E's HD display, with anti-glare and glossy options, delivers bright, crisp visuals from any angle. Enjoy an immersive surround sound experience whether listening to a presentation or kicking back with a movie. Availability: Offers, prices, specifications and availability may change without notice.
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