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Ubuntu 9.10 brings polish but may demand tinkering

Feb 01, 2010, 08:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

[ Thanks to Vaz for this link. ]

"A few months ago, a widely used operating system received a major upgrade -- and Microsoft and Apple had nothing to do with it. This upgrade came from the developers responsible for one of the most popular versions of the open-source Linux operating system Ubuntu.

"Like earlier editions, Ubuntu 9.10 is free for anybody to use, should run on even old and slow Windows-compatible desktops and laptops and is immune to Windows viruses and malware. But 9.10 (the numbers refer to the year and month of its release, though you'll also see it referred to by its cutesy development nickname of "Karmic Koala") also sometimes requires a little more fiddling with the controls than you might expect or understand.

"Ubuntu 9.10 comes in a standard edition that you download and burn to a CD or DVD to install on a PC, and a "Netbook Remix" that runs off a USB flash drive and comes with a simpler interface tailored for smaller screens. I installed the former on three laptops -- a Dell Inspiron 1440 running Windows 7, a Dell Latitude D420 running Win XP and an HP Pavilion dv3 with Win 7 -- and put the latter on an Acer Aspire One netbook."

This is a little old, but it's one more example of Linux getting more attention in the mainstream press-- ed.

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