Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2

I have downloaded the latest Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2 and install it on VMWare. Unlike the previous Beta, this version works and i can use it without any problem. The first beta couldn't finish the installation and the installer crashed during copying the files.

My first impression about 10.04 is the speed. It loads very fast even on VMWare and i can get into login prompt in less than 5 seconds. If you enable auto login, you will get your desktop in less than 10 seconds. That's very nice of it.

Another thing that is unique in 10.04 is the left-orientation of the window control buttons, such as close, minimize, and maximize button. It's like what we see in Mac OS X. It seems that Ubuntu designers have adopted Mac-like design. I hope users will not complain about this.

About the application, it's pretty standards. You can't expect too much on 600 MB CD. I don't see GIMP on Beta 2, but it's still available on the repository, so you can just start fire up terminal and execute sudo apt-get install gimp to get it if you like. Yahoo is still being used as the default search engine in Firefox, even though Canonical developer has stated that in the final release they will revert back to Google.

I have changed the repository to use my internal Linux Repository and so far it's good. It's working as expected and no problem so far.

Here's a screenshot of Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2 on VMWare: