Ubuntu Unity Experience-11.10-Update
Its web site is doing an excellent JOB.
Visit it if you have time.
Update on Ubuntu One
I am glad to say Ubuntu One is available in all the Ubuntu derivatives I have installed in my laptop, namely Pinguy and Vinux.
It took a long time for me to find where it is in the Menu List, the Ubuntu One is placed and it is under preferences.
In Pinguy it is in the Graphic Menu List in the bottom panel and moment you log in with Ubuntu One a folder is open in the left side panel.
I have Dropbox downloaded / installed in Pinguy and that means I have 8 GiB of Cloud Space Free 5 in Ubuntu One and 3 in Dropbox.
Now I can drop a DVD image of a Linux distribution in Ubuntu One to share with Linux friends.
In Ubuntu Unity one can at the time of installing Ubuntu One, the shared folder can be added to the left side panel which is a very nice Apple like feature.
Thanks guys and girls of Ubuntu Community for doing wonderful things.
Not only Ubuntu is getting ready for the next phase of computing with Unity desktop it is also ready with cloud space.
Ubuntu has Ubuntu One, it’s built-in cloud file, both Client and Service, since Ubuntu 9.10 which was released in October 2009.
One does not need another cloud service if you are using Ubuntu.
There is also a distribution called CloudOS based on Ubuntu.
For those who prefer more storage, Ubuntu One Basic, the free service, has changed its name to Ubuntu One Free and it now comes with 5GiBs of free storage instead of 2GiBs.
If you opt for the paid Ubuntu One Music Streaming service in addition to music streaming, you’ll get an additional 20GBs of storage.
For $3.99 a month that’s not bad.
Need more room?
It’s $2.99 a month for each fresh allotment of 20GBs.
On top of that there’s also now Ubuntu One file and music streaming clients for Android.
There’s also an Ubuntu One iPod/iPhone/iPad music streaming client.
Very soon iOS too.
This is what I call hit three birds with one stone.
So do not grumble saying Ubuntu has changed.
Yes it has changed for good with tablets in mind.
I am less and less reluctant to say no to Ubuntu now.
I have already installed Ubuntu 11.04 in my laptop.
I have downloaded Ubuntu LTS and Unity and have tested them on my old and relatively new IBM computers and hardly anything to write home except 3 new introduction to Unity. They are
1. Cloud support with (Ubuntu one) 2 GiB space.
2. Clean up utility
3. New desktop (already made some comments)
Total score for LTS is 915 and for Unity 1255 (300 points for new desktop) both well below.
Linux Mint score is 1235 and difference between Unity and Mint is negligible and Mint is more robust than Unity.
The relative increase of downloads of Mint at Distrowatch may be a reflection of this lack of outstanding difference.
The difference is only cosmetic at the expense of stability.
At least if they had introduced Sinhala capability I would have given another 100 points and the lack functionality for visually handicapped (at least ORCAS) is a glaring omission.
Now you have a choice either go for Debian proper at Debian Mint as alternative.
My prediction is Ubuntu is going to lose its fan base like what happened to Redhat when Fedora was thrust upon Linux addicts, like us.
Having said that I still support Ubuntu’s innovative approach and with touch screen and tablets coming it will make a serge in the customer base.
Till then Ubuntu fans Multiboot with at least 3 Linux distributions in one box.
With hard drives going to 500 GiB and cheap now what other option one has?
Mind you both CDs did not boot with my old IBM and there was loss of font functionality.
With the coming of age of Ubuntu and the entry of the new fashion lady Unity, ardent Ubuntu fans should not be disappointed.
You have a way out.
Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support ) 10.04.3 is now available for download from Softpedia and Distrowatch and you should download it/them and update your systems.
If you want to be like me (I have not tried this yet) who has many distributions in one box except windows, you should try dual or ideally multi-boot several Linux distributions (my advice is Linux Mint or Kubuntu for Ubuntu fans) including PCLinux.
For a Linux guy or girl learning curve is almost flat and over time decide what he/she wants to use.
Alternatively wait for my future comments at parafox and asokaplus on all the Linux distributions I have downloaded and tested, recently.
New point scheme is devised to eliminate person bias and make it somewhat scientific (qualitative and quantitative analysis).
I may be bit slow since our industrial action is over and I will be busy getting new entrants to learn Academic English in addition to my core work.
When they come from the English Program (ad hog) hastily devised I will have an uphill task, making conditions right for them to understand the scientific messages not political, I have to dish out.
I will keep my promise in 100 days (one a day would do) or within three (3) month since I have downloaded all except Linux Mint and my hard disk is chockablocked.
In the mean time I have to promote Sinhala Linux too (Debian 6.0.2 plus+), too.
I was never a Ubuntu fan and I took sometime before downloading Ubuntu and before that I read couple of web articles and if I had been Ubuntu fan, I can very well understand the logic, frustration and criticism of the loyal fans.
I have gone from Redhat to Mandrake to Suse to PCLinux and Mepis and know very well the pain I went through when Redhat dished us out to Fedora Community Project.
After Fedora 3, I gave up and that change in my attitude and experimenting with other distributions even though troublesome was a very good experience.
After all I gave up Microsoft and giving up a distribution was easy because I used to have at least 5 operating system including Win 98 and XP in my computer and switching and testing and falling back to most stable and useful distribution came second nature to me.
In addition it made me to migrate to Live CDs and over the past two years, I have been talking about almost all of them I have downloaded and tested. Writing about their virtues and sore points has become a habit and when I test I have no preconditions attached to the exercise.
No expectations at all.
Testing Ubuntu Unity (which I have in principles supported due to other reasons ) was no different and no strings attached.
I tested it with my old computer (old IBM Netvista) which was disaster by itself and it booted up with graphic images with no fonts.
I came across this problem with several new Linux distributions including PapugLinux, JULinux and Taylor Switch (KVM switch) and knew immediately to exit and boot it with my IBM Think Center and the subsequent experience was totally different and Unity booted up with a beautiful desktop which looked somewhat liked MeeGo (not that elegant) and getting round was a completely new desktop experience and I could not see any familiar features of Ubuntu.
My first need was the workspaces which I am so used to now without them I will have a heart attack.
With some fiddling I found 4 workspaces and I could open and exchange the programs from 1 to 4 (workspace).
Then I wanted to fill the other 2 workspaces and I could not.
I searched the applications but then I had to leave the workspace and that experience was a very bad one, now that I got used to FullMonty nice desktop arrangement.
Then I hit the web browser and went to distrowatch and looked at the latest downloads of Linux distribution and Ubuntu is now sandwich between Mint and PClinux which has climbed up to 3 from 7.
This was a pleasant surprise for me.
I used PCLinux as the gold standard of Live CDs and an arbitrary reference, coined for testing other Lice CDs.
I can understand the reaction of the Linux users but I have some sympathy for Ubuntu and hope their experiment will succeed.
It ought to since tablets are coming to the market thick and fast and all the looks are Ubuntu is ready with this new innovation.
I have decided to give 300 points (for innovation) of my scale which I am revising now with the latest trends in the super highway.
If not I have no way of promoting Ubuntu as a general purpose Linux distribution.
Switching to LibreOffice was good.
It will be a rough passage for them knowing very well we shift our allegiance when our needs are not satisfied by the latest distribution.
That is what I did with Fedora.
Now after 10 more distribution I have switched back to Fedora since it is one of the few that support Sinhala Unicode.
I hope Ubuntu Unity do the same of supporting Sinhala and then I will be promoting Unity with some new found vigour.
It looks like Ubuntu Linux has given lot of heartaches to its fan base.
I only use Ubuntu for demonstration of Linux versatility.
I am bit different compared to other Linux uses.
When I demonstrate Ubuntu I always say “Linux is not only Ubuntu”.
My point is to state that there are over 100 lovely Linux distributions for one to try.
Unlike the majority I strongly support the canonical’s new move to Unity.
I will only state one out of the many reasons.
Because of the smart move by Microsoft to give XP to OEM guys with netbooks, practically free, Linux could not penetrate netbooks.
If Ubuntu does not penetrate emerging tabloids market another opportunity will be lost..
Linux will be ahead of both Mac and Microsoft (Like the Android of Google) because of this move of Unity.
It is a smart move by the Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth.
Only smart people will survive in this game.
I think ones who had come from Microsoft base will spread this negative publicity with hidden agenda but young and newbies will embrace Unity without reservation.
Time will be best judge whether what I say will materializes.
Ubuntu has to do one small thing right to shut the negative campaign.
Give them both options in a single DVD (two images for the prize of one, old and the new Unity) and I am sure they also will embrace Unity in no time.
I believe they already give this option and if thereis any problem Mint is there to fill the void.
Having said that Big Brother or the Good Father Debian will be there to take the free open software to another level without anybody noticing it.
That is why I support many distributions.
For example Porteus (SLAX) base has done a excellent job without much funfair.
It is one of the best (KDE, LXDE) little distribution that has hit the market.
It is a little gem.
I am going to make a prediction that everybody in IT industry should take good note of.
Time will tell the story.
His critics may not agree with me, especially Linux Old Guard but in the commercial world people who make smart moves at the correct time will succeed what ever the market conditions that may exist at the time of the move or moves.
Unity Desktop was a smart move.
If he introduces a tabloid it will be even smarter.
I think he should move fast and go ahead and use a light weight unity derivative for a universal tabloid.
Tabloid with phone accessory would be something kids would love to have it at home and in school.
I think Canonical can even take Google’s Android into second place.
It will be number one in another five (5) years.
May be even early.
The community should extend all the help needed to the new converts and the newbies.
Yes, it does not have Dropbox, Skype and K-Torrent but that has been rectified by the emerging Mabuntux.
The DVD with XAMPP, EyeOS and PhPMyAdmin will rock the IT world in no time.
Thanks guys / girls for the PhpMyAdmin.
I have been waiting for it to appear in a formidable distribution for ages.
Its Password Universal will have a Universal appeal.
I was about to say good bye to my Linux 100.
You Guys / Girls have sprung a big surprise on me.
I will be watching your success and progress of course from a distance but you have to work hard to get it there and believe that it can be the to Number One, not only in Linux World but in IT world too.
I may have to wait for two or three days (already downloaded Ubuntu and Lubuntu) and I hope lot of seeders will help the download speed of the poor guys and girls in the third world.
I am also happy you are not posting any CDs free now.
People should join the community of seeders instead of waiting for a free CD from Canonical.
Go to Linux-Tracker and start downloading it for yourself.
Active participation is essential and I am going to keep two of my computers on as seeders even though I for my own reasons (minor issues not worth elaborating) use many other Linux distributions.
I hope Sinhala Capability also creep in as a byproduct.