Over the course of the years I have installed and used all kinds of different Linux distributions . As the Operating System progresses I will switch from one distribution to another in order to enjoy the new or improved feature set. My most recent desktop switch has been from Fedora to Ubuntu . This happen two years ago . As you can see I move at a glacial pace in some matters and my distro is one area where I like to take my time. I like to give any distro time to shake out the bugs and to find where it's headed.
My first Ubuntu install was 8. something , I maintained it on a development box and as upgrades were released eventual upgraded it to the current version 10.04.
I watched as things got broken then fixed and evolved into it's present state. It has become a very usable operating system and it's desktop version is catered to the average computer user . Now I would classify myself as a power user and as such Really don't need to be protected from the system , that said the main problem for me with Ubuntu is having to go through the "sudo" process every time I want to do something. I use Linux not only in user space running programs but also in administration space . I have gotten use to the process by now but I still don't like it. Some of you are thinking , "well use something else then " , I could but in spite of my pet peeve it's a great OS and I like all the other features.
Last week I even placed in on an little net book that I will be using to develop a appliance with . It installed alongside XP without a problem and lives in harmony on that little device. I was empressed enough to try it on my full sized notebook thats running Win 7 home addition . During the process of the install , I learned that all the partitions on the drive were in use, it looked like I was stuck with win7 ; Ubuntu 10.04 to the rescue ! on the CD I down loaded off the net was a nifty program for installing onto an existing windows system. It's called "Wubi" ; That stands for Ubuntu installer for windows. All I had to do was to run wubi.exe and Ubuntu was installed as just another windows program , an entry was made in the windows boot loader and I was able to launch Ubuntu or windows at will. I'm not sure how it's being engendered but I suspect the good folks at Ubuntu may be using the old UMDOS file system with their own special tweaks as the basis of this method.
After several days of playing with this new release as well as using the upgraded version I think I can say I'm sticking with it for a wile . At least till I hear of some got to have feature in another distro . So far I have been able to do every thing I needed doing from writing code to graphic and video production , installing new software is a breeze with the Synatic package manager . I run both KDE and gnome desktop managers on two different systems. I often run applications for KDE inside of Gnome so far most every things works error free. My computers run 24/7 and I haven't yet had any problems , rebooting only to try a new kernel release or upgrade.
I recommend you give this release a try , as with all of Ubuntu releases you don't have to install it , you can run it from a live CD or USB stick now even install it as a windows program .