My Views of Ubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” Beta

Thursday while staying at home, I decided I’d install the new Beta of Ubuntu Linux. After making sure that all my super-important crucial stuff was backed up, I put in the Live CD and went through the installer. The installer now features a way to migrate information from Windows or other Linux distributions over to Linux. I didn’t migrate anything over, but I did notice that it saw my Sabayon Linux install and had the option to move all info over from it. After the initial “oohs” and “ahs” of that part of the installer, I got to the actual installation, it only took about 10 minutes to update AND it downloaded the apt-get lists for me so I’d be ready to go after the reboot. Well, now comes the moment of truth, I click reboot, wait a few seconds, pull out the CD and give it about 30 seconds to reboot, then BAM! I see the new login screen…ah, beautiful and this is only the beginning.

Although only Beta, it is a very polished and nice release. I saw that my background was still the same as before(I have a full partition for home so no more losing docs when I reinstall. I then see the number of updates, about 85 if I remember correctly, which is no problem over my 3 mbit DSL line. I noticed there was a restricted drivers installer too, and I told it to install the drivers for my card, which is an ATI Radeon Xpress 200. No problems there, now I can play 3d stuff like Tuxkart and Planet Penguin Racer without issues, which was not possible in Edgy.

Being a person who LOVES music, I decided to play an MP3. As soon as I open it, the music player searches the repositories, finds the codec I need and tells me that it is proprietary, blah blah blah, so I hit install. Afterwards, MP3 playback went fine with no problems of any sort.

I’ll probably post more, later after I play more with Feisty, but I’m tired now, so I’ll leave it at this. UPGRADE NOW! FEISTY ROCKS!

~Jordan

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