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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

First look: Xubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft"

I've used Xubuntu Edgy in the past, and it remains my distro of choice. Why? Simple:
  • It's fast. XFCE is, simply put, one of the fastest desktop environments in existence.
  • It looks cool. I don't know about you, but I prefer Xubuntu's blue color scheme to Ubuntu's orange one- it's there, but it's quiet.
  • It's small. One of the computers I use for testing only has 4GB of free space on its Linux partition.
  • It's easy to use. Okay, so ease of use is subjective. Relative to some distros (AHEMM, DebSlackToo), it's a piece of cake- it's one of the easier ones.
  • It's underrated. I root for the underdogs- that's why I like SymphonyOS. And speaking of root...
  • It's easy to do stuff as root on it. You're in the sudoers file by default (/etc/sudoers says who can use the sudo command), and the root password is your OWN password. How easy is that? Bonus: no root = harder to hack.
Now, for the changes in Edgy:
For starters, an eft is a newt. Ubuntu names their releases after animals (with an adjective in front), hence names like "Dapper Drake (duck)", "Breezy Badger", and, coming up next, "Feisty Fawn". Edgy's name proves the point that it's more cutting-edge than previous versions, with an improved init system (faster startup, which now kicks Ulteo's behind to Mars and back), better support for Compiz (Feisty promises even better support), and support for the Xen virtualization software (run other OSes inside Edgy). It also has better artwork, in the form of new wallpaper, a cooler USplash screen, an updated GDM login screen, and the new version of Clearlooks, which Fedora uses. And while Xubuntu doesn't come with a 3D driver, there's a workaround, and it involves clicking here.
From Xubuntu Edgy,
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