Monday, March 29, 2010

Why I love Karmic Koala ..

As an avid Linux user, I was overwhelmed by the features and improvements in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).  From the days when Linux was considered hard to use (except for geeks), the various Linux distributions have tried hard to address the "usability" and "user-friendliness" short-coming, and I guess today Linux has evolved so much that in several aspects it's much more user-friendly than Windows.  However, many do not realize this simply because they haven't tried it.  Here are the things I love about the latest version of Ubuntu:

  • Ubuntu Software Center - haven't seen something similar in Windows (well, you first need free software, and then a common repository of such free software).   It's basically a really nice front-end to the huge software repository for Ubuntu.  You can pretty much find *any* software you want here and install within seconds, by a click of a button.  This front-end is way better than the Synaptic package manager.
  • Gnome 2.28 is great - both in terms of look and feel and responsiveness.
  • Pretty user-friendly way to manage networks.  It's now as easy to connect to a wireless network in Linux as in Windows/Mac.
  • Inbuilt drivers support most common models of USB devices out of the box, esp. webcams and printers
  • Booting is lightning fast.
  • Default file system is now Ext4 - much faster and reliable than Ext3.
  • Performance: visibly faster than older versions of Linux, and Windows/Mac on the same hardware.

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