Review of Ubuntu 11.10 and other Linux tidbits


What happened to you Ubuntu? You used to be cool. You were the gateway drugs of Linux distros. You helped people take that first step away from that bloated mess known as Windows. Now, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong. I have much respect for Ubuntu. My favorite Linux distros are based on Ubuntu (Mint and Zorin). Ubuntu also gave me a superior OS to run on an old laptop of mine after my Windows 2000 installation became much too slow to run. That was Ubuntu 7.04. I refuse to use the animal names they use to name their releases.

My point is this is not the Ubuntu I fell in love with. This is no longer the distro to ease Windows users into Linux. First off the minimize, maximize and close window buttons are on the left-hand side. Granted there is an easy fix for it but it’s annoying and unnecessary. Secondly, I’m not a fan of the Unity Launcher. Every time I moved the cursor to the left side of the screen the launcher would pop up. When I would minimize some programs they would just disappear into the ether.

So instead of being frustrated with Ubuntu, I installed its better looking and slicker cousin Linux Mint.

Speaking of Mint if you install Mint I highly recommend installing the Microsoft Core Fonts. However, you can’t install it from the software manager because there’s a EULA you need to agree too. However, you can install the fonts using the command ‘sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer’.

Lastly, in my last Linux post, I talked about the various music players and reader Connor recommended the Clementine player. Well, let me tell you, in my opinion, this is the best music player out there. I love it so much that I’ve even installed on my Windows 7 installation for the rare times I actually use it.

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