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Ubuntu's Intrepid Ibex: Usability is Hard to Do

Nov 05, 2008, 16:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Ubuntu's default installer has changed little in Intrepid Ibex. It is still the seven-step process in which you set the language, time zone, keyboard, partitioning and users. If you want more control -- including a choice of packages -- you still have to download a CD image with the alternate installer, which is a modified version of Debian's. A merging of the two installers would seem a logical step in usability, but it hasn't happened in Intrepid.

"The two major changes in the default installer are both partly unsatisfactory. The first is the option to install only free software, which is available on the startup screen by selecting F6 -> F6 -> Free software only. This option addresses the wish by some users to avoid kernel modules that depend on proprietary firmware blobs. The option greatly reduces the chances that wireless cards will work, but those who want a completely free system may be willing to take that risk."

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