Nov 14, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala better than ever

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for  desktop and server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases(6 month cycle), a  selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the community, and professional technical support from Canonical Ltd. and hundreds of other companies around the world. Rank : 1

Lets enjoy my test drive to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala :

My Test Machine:

AMD64 3000+ Processor
MSI Motherboard
512 DDR II Ram
ESPON C 58 Printer
Samsung Monitor.

Media used: Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala 64 bit.

I greatly impressed by its installation, it was smooth, quicker than previous version and use default use ext4. Graphic is change for the first time.
Ubuntu 9.10You feels good na.Its simply awesome.

Whats New in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala:
Linux Kernel – 2.6.31-14-generic
Default Desktop – Gnome 2.28.1
New blue tooth  configuration tool: now you can easy surf net with your blue tooth modem(GPRS/EDGE/3G)..
To know more  about Gnome 2.28 read this.

Multimedia :
You can't play MP3 and other audio/video format as it doesn't come with out of box. so, I simply downloaded the codecs and it gave me sound multimedia experience.I also download flash and some firefox plugins like adblock plus.

Fast booting, fast desktop experience, it also enhanced my UPS buttery life from 13minute in XP to 18 minute.Its rocks for me because it is rock solid enough and virus free environment.

Internet Experience:
today Laptops are manufactured keeping in mind that it should provide rich internet experience. I must say Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit provides rich net experience with Firefox 3.5.

there is 3.1 . I know it can't compare with ms office as it is little bit slow but for Linux user it is the only option available . But it can beat ms office in terms of feature and stability.
My advice: Use abiword for word processing and Gnumeric for spreadsheet, these are faster than ms office application.

Final words:
I don't think windows any version can compete Ubuntu now, only Mandriva 2010 and openSuse 11.2 can do this job , but future will tell which one is better among these three.

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Nov 6, 2009

Mandriva 2010 Final Perfect Window Killer

Release Date: November 3rd, 2009

About Mandriva :
Mandriva is quite popular Distro and always remains within top ten list of's list of top 100 Linux Distro.

What's New in Mandriva 2010
· Linux kernel 2.6.31;
· GNOME 2.28.0 desktop environment;
· KDE 4.3.2 desktop environment;
· EXT4 filesystem;Better installer.
· X.Org 7.5;
· X.Org server 1.6.5;
· Moblin support;
· New artwork & my favorite
Nepomuk .
>Amazing new boot splash
>Mozilla Firefox 3.5, 3.1.1, Elisa Media Center (now called Moovida),Wine 1.1.32,New network monitor tool.
and lots more so please comment because it is not possible to cover all features for me.

Installation Media :
 I used DVD while Live KDE and GNOME CDsis also avialable.

Time taken to Download From Internet : Almost 12 hours so you can guess my Internet Speed while I uses BSNL broadband connection.

Screen shots:

Installation :
Fastest and smooth , Its much better than 2009 spring edition, as it took a better installer. EXT4 is quite mature and as we know its is more faster than EXT3.

Exceptional, there is VLC, Mplayer which can play any media and if you want to play all media in default player like Dragon and totem follow the Fabrice's  advice

By adding PLF repositories, you will be able to install additionnal codecs without paying the ones from fluendo.

Now  with Moovida You can experience better multimedia then windows vista deafult media center.

For beginner to expert it is the excellent distro, a perfect window killer and better then Windows any version whether its XP,Vista or 7. So what you are looking for try once and forget everything. 

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