We don’t need no steenkin’ Windows – eWeek labs reviews Ubuntu 6.06

Not really a suprise to me, though I’m no Linux guru, just a user who upgraded from Red Hat 3.04 through to Ubuntu 6.06. I must say, it is a very nice alternate environment. eWeek Labs recently awarded Ubuntu Linux 6.06 LTS an Analysts Choice award.

This latest Ubuntu release, which became available in June, has won our ardor with a tight focus on desktop usability; an extremely active, helpful and organized user community; and a software installation and management framework that’s unsurpassed on any OS platform.

In addition to outperforming Linux rivals as a desktop OS, we found that Ubuntu is a solid choice for server deployments”provided, at least, that the sort of graphical management hand-holding that one would expect from Microsoft’s Windows Server or from Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server isn’t a priority.

Of course, Ubuntu Linux is free. In fact, Canonical will even ship you professionally packaged discs to install and distribute to your friends. These are ‘Live’ discs that will run from the CD-rom, not touching your precious hard drive, unless you choose to install the operating system. Ubuntu Linux is available in x86, x86-64 and PowerPC versions.

My one qualm with the current distro is that It won’t load/recognize the wi-fi driver for my HP/Compaq laptop. Since it’s a reasonably common unit, I’m sure there will be a patch/fix/how-to that will overcome this issue.

So, nothing to do this rainy, August long weekend, then why not grab a copy of Ubuntu and check it out for yourself!

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