Me and Ubuntu Breezy Preview (part 2)

There are other things I had to do. Like sharing some of my folders with the others in the network. And also try out some new stuff on Ubuntu Breezy =)

Sharing files wasn’t difficult. I had to install Samba via the Synaptic Package Manager (apt is also ok). I actually asked someone for help over email and I also looked at the Ubuntu guide and so I edited a file called smb.conf but as JM Ibanez pointed out to me, I could actually share my folders through the graphical user interface. From the System menu, under Administration, there is a Shared Folders option. A dialog box appeared and I just clicked Add. I selected the folder to share and that was it. No hassles at all.

I also tried adding and removing programs via the Add applications option in the Applications menu. It was really easy as it reminded me of Add/remove programs of MS Windows. I added a couple of applications and one of them is Beagle. The nice thing about it is that I have my choices there and I could just click it and it would be installed.

Beagle is really nice because it could find my files quite easily. I remember typing the word “crazy” and the results included some IM transcripts that involved me saying the word crazy. It was fast too.

I am pretty much excited to actually have the official release of Breezy. It says on their site that the release is Octoner 13… 😀

I have some screenshots of what I have done with Ubuntu Breezy =) You could view them here. The screenshots include Beagle, Adding new programs, Sharing files.

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  • Nice, really nice… how well does package management work? I used to dread Linux on the desktop because of “RPM hell” – dependencies needing to be settled, forgetting where you installed things (most install scripts treat /usr as /junk), and the package database getting corrupted, preventing you from modifying the software on your box. I still think the “image the drives with Norton Ghost before updating the system” policy is the best way to do things, but maybe Ubuntu will make me a little less paranoid. Just a little. 😉

  • wow.. buti ka pa naka breezy na 🙂 uy launch date na ng breezy 🙂 sana dumating agad yung cd’s ko 🙂

    anyways, screenshots po ng current hoary desktop ko 🙂

  • Hedx: Breezy is nice =) Gnome 2.12 rocks 😉 Glad to see your screencaps. Thanks for sharing them here.

  • @Carl: Don’t worry, “RPM Hell” is not applicable in Ubuntu. It uses APT or Advance Package Tool. In a nutshell, everything is a “sudo apt-get install package-name” away in Ubuntu and APT will take care of the dependency problems.

    Yes, it is best to create an image… on Ubuntu, use partimage… it does the same as Norton minus the cost, of course.

    Honestly, I don’t like it when you compared (in your previous comment) Ubuntu to Windows 95. Oh well, its your choice of words or way of insulting others. I was insulted, so you’r method is effective. Kudos.

  • @davidjr: Thanks for the information. I’m currently in the process of downloading the latest Ubuntu release for testing; I have been deliberating between RPM and Debian-based systems, and will run them for a week to see which one better fits my needs. *scratches head* Hey, there’s no need to be hostile. Please hear me out and I’ll make myself clear: 1) I never post flamebait. The time people spend arguing can be better used to help others, 2) I’m neutral as far as technology is concerned. Specific solutions will work better for specific users. That said, I certainly was not deriding Ubuntu by comparing it to Windows 95. Rather, I was using Windows 95’s significance as a metaphor for Ubuntu’s role in making GNU/Linux accessible to the common user. Like it or not, Win95 was an epochal object in computing history; it brought the PC into the public spotlight and made everyday computing a reality. It was a catalyst; in one fell swoop Microsoft seized control of the desktop market, making Win95, for all of its faults, a technological and managerial piece de resistance. Ubuntu, with its dedicated team of developers, regular release and support cycle, and application certification process goes a long way toward being competitive to the support mechanisms of proprietary solutions, in addition to slowly gaining a reputation for “just working”. Like Windows 95, Ubuntu is in the process of maturing, and although hampered by its dependence on the distributed development of various software packages, it gets better and better with each release. After all, Windows didn’t become truly grand for the user until XP (NT 5.1), right? It will take a while, but it’s a step in the right direction for Linux. Mea culpa. I should have made my meaning clear from the outset, but I’m not in the habit of writing long comments. 🙂

  • ok, I got the point and thank you for taking time to clear it up.

    I no longer take offense from your previous post.


  • poch

    hi clair, and everyone who’s written on this thread! am currently in the process of downloading ubuntu breezy badger, for a number of reasons, the main one being curiosity. i recently found myself with an extra PC with the AMD equivalent of a pentium 3 500 (i forgot what it’s called… AMD’s names aren’t as easy to remember as intel’s), and i wanted to load it with a different operating system, just to see if and by how much it is better than windows, and how it compares to tiger.

    that being said, i am a linux and ubuntu newbie, unless you count tiger as being a linux os, and do have some questions on the matter, which i am hoping you guys can help me with.

    1. what are the minimum requires of ubuntu? my extra computer runs at around 600ish Mhz, has 64 or 128 RAM, and the usual hardware of the era: 32x cdrom drive, 56k modem 8x vidcard…

    2. where does one get software for ubuntu? are linux software interoperable across distributions, or do designers normally design software with only certain distributions in mind?

    3. what software would you recommend?

    4. where do you get your drivers for necessary hardware, like printers, modems, etc. my computer, being old, has some parts that were made before linux became widely available (even widely known), so i’m not so sure the manufacturers would have support for them, and that’s especially true for linux.

    5. is there a linux community here in the Philippines? i googled “ubuntu philippines” and the only useful link i got were your blogs, which incidentally i found really useful reading, and along with the numerous comments, only strengthened my resolve to wait out downloading the 616MB torrent file.

    6. any recommendations for a linux/ubuntu newbie?

    i realize that some of these questions are a bit elementary (i try to imagine how exasperated i would be if someone asked these questions of me about windows), so i apologize for that. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks! 😀


  • laosboyme

    dapper drake is better….more stable than brezzy…

  • @poch, all

    5. is there a linux community here in the Philippines? i googled “ubuntu philippines” is a pinoy ubuntu linux community. You can check it out.