Me and Ubuntu Breezy Preview (part1)

Ubuntu Breezy Badger will be out real soon now but I can’t help but talk about the Preview of it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I mean, it’s good and I am sure that once Breezy’s out officially, it will be much better ๐Ÿ˜€

I have installed Ubuntu Breezy Badger Preview on my office desktop computer last week. Installing it was so easy because I just used the default settings and most of it pretty much worked out of the box which totally rocks! During the installation, I saw the usual Ubuntu interface. Blue background, mostly text – not quite graphical compared to Mandrake/Mandriva. It was pretty much selecting stuff from the menu then pressing enter, then leaving it for a while.

After an hour or so, I have my Ubuntu Breezy Badger installation working ๐Ÿ˜‰ Most of the things I needed were installed by default: 2 , Firefox, GAIM (for instant messaging), Rhythmbox. I had to install GNU Emacs though and XMMS (very similar to WinAmp, including the enqueuing, keyboard shortcuts). At the time I installed it though something was wrong with Firefox – I could not download the attachments from the email I got. But after some updates, it was working already =)

I am the only one using Ubuntu Linux here in the office but I am able to see the files from the people on the Windows network places when I selected “Network servers” from the main menu. But because the audio files of my officemates are mainly in mp3 format, I had to download gstreamer plugins but that was easy with the Synaptic package manager (that is in the System menu).

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  • GNOME’s Nautilus support for samba has been very good since version 2.10 which makes interop with Windows file-shares a snap. And I believe, Breezy has 2.12? I haven’t tried it OOo 2 yet. Does it support samba now?

    One thing that does not come out of the box with Ubuntu is support for patented document format, ie. mp3. It’s ok though, mp3 support is just an apt-get away.

  • @Clair: I’m rather uncomfortable with the thought of stuffing a production machine with beta software. I understand OOo2 in that release is also in beta; it’s one of those “at your own risk” propositions, I suppose. Have they fixed the Ubuntu installer? My previous experience with Ubuntu has left me with the impression that it’s strictly for beginners; the installer does not allow for expert partitioning, and the live CD does not have a kernel with SMP support. I suppose I’m still too much of a Red Hat groupie to jump ship to Debian, hence the gripes. :p Why not load up Beagle Desktop Search and review it here? From what I’ve seen of it, it could very well mean the end of our “locate” and “slocate” woes! *laughs*

  • Just curious… what’s new in Breezy?

  • Carl: Yeah, you RH groupie ๐Ÿ˜‰ No wonder the distro you recommended to me was Mandrake. The thing with Ubuntu that I like is that it is friendly to people like me ๐Ÿ™‚ So that even though I am going to be alone in installing this, I am going to be fine. And yes, I do plan to load up Beagle ๐Ÿ˜€ I have seen it on Jerome Gotangco’s laptop! It’s waaay kewl ๐Ÿ˜€ *hearts in eyes*

    Bit: Hehehe. Install it and check it out ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have yet to really check this out a bit more =) There’s so much to see. I am currently getting the updates right now.

    Richard: Yep, there’s OOo2 and it loads faster than the previous OOo I had. I will talk about Samba on my next post =) As for mp3s, yup, synaptic or Aptitude works perfectly fine.

  • Yup, I suppose that Ubuntu has its place in the software ecosystem. All of a sudden, Linux has the equivalent of Windows 95; anybody can get Ubuntu running on supported hardware. You’re covering Samba in your next post? You may as well mention a front-end for it to make it less intimidating… and check out Amarok for your laptop! It’s like a fusion of Windows Media Player 10 and iTunes… but it’s free! You may need to apt-get some KDE libraries, though. Here: As for Beagle, I’m looking forward to your reviews of it. I still think “find, whereis, locate, slocate” are the real ways to search in UNIX, though… *falls off chair laughing*

  • Way before Beagle there were CLI’s find and grep to sniff files up. =)

  • Carl: Samba – editing the conf isn’t so bad =) Just look for the conf file and whip up gedit or emacs (hehehe!) and there you go. Not scary =) Amarok is too much eye candy for me the last time I used it but it’s swell too =D

    Richard: Yeah, I know what you mean. Grep is nice. However, not all who are new to GNU/Linux would be comfortable with it ๐Ÿ™‚