Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 on S10-2

Ive been waiting for this since the alpha days.The windows 7 starter edition on my netbook was struggling to run more than 3 programs hump!But not any more.As soon as I got a copy of ubuntu's latest avatar,popped in a thumdrive and installed it on my netbook.First impression of Linux on the ideapad S10-->It works! oh yeah it does,thats what I found and a sigh of relief too .

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The default wallpaper of this distro looks something similar to macosx leopard.There are a number of under the hood changes including cloud storage support and social connect platforms.Before that lets have a closer look at the default screen
All the devices were working out of the box giving the best OOBE experience I had ever seen on a linux distro.Good job canonical!Some devices like the broadcom wireless were detected and provided with proprietary drivers.Sweet!.All I had to do was select the driver from a list and ubuntu did the rest!

Although this version was meant for mainstream desktops and not for netbooks,I still wanted to give it a try.I did not want to sacrifice some of the best things this has,which the netbook version omits :).One of that is the desktop composition effect.Compiz runs pretty well on the netbook with occasional stuttering.That can be ignored ofcourse considering the small form factor of then S10 !.The window switcher from compiz runs flawlessly in the bittybox, a la coverflow in the Macosx

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Ubuntu also has many UI changes under the hood.In the previous versions, notifications were provided in the form a balloon tip similar to Windows.That has been dramatically revamped to a new and intuitive notification system.We can notice a translucent information box  which is more eye pleasing.The hotkeys work out of the box!yes they do!

The best thing of this version is the incorporation of social media broadcasting app.Called Gwibber funny name eh!,it neatly integrates popular social  media services into one,providing a one stop client to use! awsome!

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Some fun stuff added today :

I wanted my netbooks interface to look a bit like the just added a beautiful looking dock at the end of the installation.Called the cairo dock,it has runs on an openGL api and is very smooth in functioning.Finally something closer to the MAC to use!

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final thoughts :-  Ubuntu+social broadcasting+S10= small is powerful!!! small is a revolution!!! :)