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Ubuntu 8.04 – Final

Here is the final Ubuntu 8.04 version:

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Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

Here is the final Ubuntu 7.10 version:

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Introduction

Let’s try to compare the most popular Operating Systems at the moment.

Meet the contenders:

Windows XP… from the Windows platform, as Windows Vista are way too “young”.
Ubuntu… from the Linux world, which is the number one distro according to Distrowatch.
Mac OS X… from the mighty Apple world.


Round 1 – cost

Windows XP: You could get it for free if you get a new computer, or you could buy it, it is not that expensive!
Ubuntu: Absolutely free, thanks to the Open Source community.
Mac OS X: You need to buy a Mac desktop or laptop, which in general is a quite more expensive solution than a PC.

Winner: Ubuntu


Round 2 – usability / interface

(Considering an average user…)

Windows XP: Quite easy to install/un-install programs, customize the appearance, and do the most common stuff.
Ubuntu: Although the Ubuntu developers have done a great job to make it user-friendly, it still is Linux, and it would always be a little bit more complicated (console etc.) than Windows.
Mac OS X: Awesome out of the box, most eye candy interface of them all.

Winner: Mac OS X


Round 3 – compatible software

(Software running on Virtual Machines/emulators is considered cheating here!)

Windows XP: Corporate applications, all MS applications, Open Source applications, Games, almost everything you would ever wanted.
Ubuntu: Definitely less than Windows.
Mac OS X: Definitely less than Windows.

Winner: Windows XP


User Profiles

There could be more rounds (for example “security”, “support”), however it’s really hard to say which one of them is the best Operating System. It is all about the user and his own specific requirements.

Let’s consider some user profiles…

.NET programmer: Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005… needs Windows (Mono? No, thanks!).
Java programmer: Windows/Linux/Mac OS… could program in either of them.
Web developer: Depending on the tools (e.g. Adobe CS3 Suite)… Windows/Mac OS is the choice.
Multimedia: Mac OS is more suitable and stable (and faster?).
Web/E-mail/IM: Windows/Mac OS/Linux… simply a matter of personal taste.
Gaming: Windows definitely.
Office user: Windows/Mac OS… unless you are an Open Source evangelist, and love OpenOffice, or Google’s online apps…


Conclusion

Each, and every one of us has his own Greatest Operating System… Customized, tweaked, themed, exploited according to his requirements and experience.

As you can figure out from this blog, I am a software guy, who is into programming (.NET at work), web developing, the Internet, and occasionally some multiplayer gaming. Therefore it would be hard to replace Windows XP with either Linux or Mac. However I am a happy Ubuntu user on Virtualbox, and I would like to try Mac OS at some point (wish it was working properly on a Virtual Machine). Maybe I should consider the affordable Mac Mini option in the future.

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Fedora 7

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Have you got bored with your good-old Windows XP system?
Are you afraid to mess around with the not yet fully supported Windows Vista, or just waiting Vista SP1 to try them out?
Don’t really want to spend a fortune on a Mac, to get a robust OS like Mac OS X?

Well, here is the best from the Open Source Linux world: Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)!

I have downloaded it today, and tried it under Innotek’s Virtualbox (version 1.3.8).

Here are some screenshots:

Starting up
Boot screen
Administration menu
Mozilla Firefox
File browser
System monitor
Shutting down
Want to see more? It’s pretty straight-forward to get it running!
If you need help with the installation or having other issues, make sure you visit the official Ubuntu Forums.

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Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

Here is the final Ubuntu 7.04 version:

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Ubuntu 7.04 Beta

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04. Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support.

Ubuntu 7.04 server edition adds support for hardware facilities that speed up the use of virtual machines as well as other improved hardware support, making it an excellent choice as a web, database, file and print server, the fastest growing area of Linux server use.

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