Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Review

Two weeks ago, I subscribed Ubuntu 6.06 LTS from here, and got it last weekend. The package includes 3 liveCD: for PC, for 64-bit PC and for Mac. Here is the review from “Apprentice” Gentoo user.

Booting

It really takes a little while from boot option to the GNOME desktop showes up, 2m 45s. It is tollerable considering the GNOME is a full-fledged desktop environment.

First impression

Although I am not a big fan of GNOME, I must admit, the default theme rocks. The English font is crispy; the Chinese font in the file browser also looks nice, while in the console, it is as ugly as it appears in my Gentoo’s rxvt-unicode. I am not so picky about the font by all means.

Screenshot of Ubuntu font
Screenshot of Ubuntu font

Hardware support

The kernel is relative new ( ubuntu 2.6.15-23-386 ), and the hardware probe really does a good job.

Software support

This distribution is based upon GNOME 2.14.1, the file browser supports auto mount and file preview. The package management looks like synaptic.

Screenshot of Ubuntu Automount
Screenshot of Ubuntu Automount

This distribution is targeted to small bussiness, OpenOffice, Mozilla Firefox, Evolution, and Ekiga ( succeeder of GNOMEMeeting ) are bundled for the office productivities. There also Gaim,Gimp and a few desktop games.

It also take the multimedia into account, but I am quite disappointed to Rhythmbox and Totem. The iTune-like Rhythmbox is too complicated for me; I just want to play music, I would take care of the organization of library by myself, but I have to import music to Rhythmbox before I play them, after several failures, I lost my interest. And Totem can not handle my DivX-encoded AVI file, complains that the plugin is missing. Ok, just forget them.

The non-English input is supported by SCIM, but no input methods are installed in the default configuration, so why bother put SCIM there?

Screenshot of Ubuntu Input
Screenshot of Ubuntu Input

From the developer’s aspective, we have Perl-5.8.7, Python-2.4.3, but some essential components are missing: gcc, gmake, gvim, emacs, flex, bison, autotools, latex…

Summary

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS liveCD still rocks as the playground for the newbies, and it also a descent rescure liveCD with all kinds of FS support, various utilities. But it is still lacks some features I am looking for: