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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Member Name: TheGoodSurveyer
Date: 30/04/12, updated on 05/05/12 (92 review reads)
Advantages: Ubuntu is the best operating system, for performance and security combined.
Disadvantages: Gnome isn't default in version 12.04
There have been several changes to the operating system since version 10.04, of which the first change I noticed in the installed software is with Firefox. Ubuntu 10.04 by default has version 3.6 of Firefox, while the new Ubuntu has the latest one by default. The new Ubuntu software centre also looks much better than the old one, although this wouldn't usually matter much, but in this case the new interface makes it easier to browse through the software catalogue. Besides the interface nothing much has changed in the software centre, so it still just as easy to use to navigate through the available options, such as software sources. The software sources feature is what makes it easier to add and remove repositories from the software catalogue; this may be a little difficult for a Windows user or a Mac user to understand. The basic idea behind the repository is that it provides software catalogue, which the user can set to automatically update the Ubuntu operating system and all the installed software.
The thing I don't like about the unity interface is that the window control buttons appear on the left top corner of the Windows, and I prefer them to be on the right top corner. The reason I preferred the right top corner is because I also use Windows, and it helps if the window structure is somewhat the same. As I'm not an experienced user of the unity interface, I don't yet know how to tweak it, customising it to my own specifications.
I haven't got around to installing much software yet, but all the essential software installed by default in this DVD edition of Ubuntu 12.04 - work perfectly. This includes office, gimp, media player and Internet browser (i.e. Firefox). I haven't got around to thoroughly checking any of the more advanced support features of Ubuntu 12.04, such as whether or not it supports the exFAT filesystem, without the need of fuse. It's not much trouble using the terminal to mount and unmount an exFAT formatted disk, but it would speed things up if it's built into the operating system by default, so that the user can right click on a device and safely remove it. If the feature does exist, it's not enabled by default, which ideally it should be. The same applies to plugging in an exFAT disk into the computer, in which case it's more convenient if the computer automatically detects and mounts to drive. If I don't find a way to enable a default exFAT support feature in Ubuntu 12.04 in the next two or three days (if I do find a way to enable an default support feature, I'll update my review with the details), it's safe to assume that I default feature for exFAT support doesn't exist in Ubuntu 12.04. So, the only way to use an exFAT formatted disk - would be to use fuse, and manually mount and unmount the drive through the terminal.
The default office suite in Ubuntu 12.04 is LibreOffice, which is very similar to OpenOffice. Although, I prefer OpenOffice. I've tried LibreOffice on Ubuntu 10.04 for a few months before; it didn't work as well as OpenOffice. OpenOffice is easy enough to install on Ubuntu via the software centre. The problem I had with LibreOffice in the past is that it crashed often; I've never faced this problem with OpenOffice. IBM Lotus Symphony is another good alternative to LibreOffice, and I've never known it to crash. However, it doesn't work quite as fast as OpenOffice.
There's still room for improvement in Ubuntu, which could do with built-in alternative to.net technology, which could be used to run software built on .net framework. There are still a few programs, which are designed to run on Windows - on .net framework, and using Mono doesn't always solve the problem for Linux users.
I found one thing about Linux that always keeps it ahead of Windows, is its level of security as well as there being only a few viruses available to infect a Linux system compared to Windows. Although, I don't think that Ubuntu has the most powerful firewall capabilities of all Linux systems, I find it to be the best overall operating system. This being said - I don't plan on using Ubuntu 12.04 on my current PC, because my PC is too old and only capable of running Ubuntu 10.04 with best performance.
If you have a powerful enough system, then I'd recommend you switch to a brand-new Linux operating system such as Ubuntu 12.04.
- Edited on 05/05/2012 to add the following information:
Its been a few days since I wrote this review, I didn't find a built-in exFAT support feature. I confirmed with Ubuntu and users in the Ubuntu community, the feature doesn't exist. Fuse is still required to use exFAT drives, which will work with reduced performance on the system. If a default feature was to exist, there wouldn't be this problem.
Summary: Best operating system, rich repository of opensource and non-free software.
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