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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Disappointed with Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

After making such big fuss about the Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, I washed my hands off it, because it became more of a big bite to chew off, let alone digest. To start with, in the freshly installed Ubuntu system, I had no mp3 support, no video support (The Codecs are to be downloaded from Ubuntu repositories off the internet and are not part of the preliminary package even the DVD). I was almost deaf and blind in the system as I could not make use of my mp3s or my downloaded videos.

I scoured the internet for Ubuntu review, user tutorials and there are quite a few. The best of the lot being ubuntuforums, a forum supported by an overzealous lot of Ubuntu fanatics (might be too strong a word, but again it is for lack of a better word).

This is where it hit me most, the Gutsy gibbon does not support PPPoE i.e, if you subscribe to the internet via a leased line and log in with your ISP you are out of luck. That's exactly how I recieved it from a user who answered my query.

Unlike the WindowsXP OS, where you get compiled single binaries (exe's and zip files) to install, the Ubuntu system requires a lot of dependent packages and has to be installed together through a systems update. Additionally, I would need to buy an additional piece of hardware (a router) just to get my Ubuntu system connected to the internet. And so I gave up on Ubuntu for a while.

There's an interesting number of people who were enamoured by the free aspect of the software and later gave up because it got too technical.

Personally I am waiting to get my old computer working so that I can actually get fair value for a router that I may buy in the offing for a while. So untill I make do with a router, chances of me acquinted to the Ubuntu system will have to take a back seat.


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