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Ubuntu on the move

Discussion in 'Software' started by greenbrucelee, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    More consumers are moving to Open source platforms such as Ubuntu, the new version of Ubuntu dubbed Hardy Heron is released soon. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7358483.stm
     
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    Aye, and Fedora 9 (final) is due out on May 13. Been playing with the alpha and beta, BIG grin!
     
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    I'm on Ubuntu - gutsy gibbon. Sometimes I really like it and other times it annoys the hell out of me! Then again so did XP. It's not as pretty as vista, but I think instead it has more of an 'Amiga' feel to it.

    ...if anyone is thinking of installing it -definitely give it a go.
     
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    If you have a Nvidia graphics card, and are using the proprietary Nvidia drivers, try setting up Compiz Fusion. It will make Vista's graphics look pretty bad and use far fewer resources than Vista uses for its graphics to do it.

    I ran it on a 1.8 ghz Athlon with a GeForce 6200, and it was pretty responsive. There are so many more options that it just isn't funny. There must be a total of 60 - 70 settings options, minimum. With a modern cpu and graphics card it would fly.
     
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    Now all we need are a few games, and we're in bizness! :p
     
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    I really like compiz. I ran it on the test box I have that only has an Athlon X2 3600+ and a GeForce 6150 GPU integrated on the motherboard and it was quite responsive on that machine, plus it has loads of effects!. I don't think Vista would be so nice on that system...
     
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    And did I mention Mandriva Powerpack -- the pay version, sorry -- comes with Cedega?

    http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=777371
    http://www.transgaming.com/products/cedega/
    http://www.transgaming.com/imgs/transgaming/screenshots/screen_cedega01.jpg

    Here's a good review: http://www.softwareinreview.com/linux/mandriva_linux_powerpack_2008.0_review.html
    Main things to remember about Mandriva is they're focused on the desktop that other distros have abandoned (Red Hat, Novell) and they aren't open source zealots (like Ubuntu) so lots of proprietary and closed-source software is included.
     
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    I agree. Vista would be a lot slower, but Vista also has far less eye candy and graphical effects than Compiz has. Add Fusion and the Emerald Window Decorator to standalone Compiz and it's quite a package.

    I installed Compiz, Fusion, and Emerald from Shame's "unstable" repositories and couldn't believe what all was available.
     
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    But... but... I get gaming compatibility for FREE, now! :biggrin
     
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  11. Crito

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    Funny thing is some Windows games actually run faster under Linux than natively under Windows. And some old Windows games won't run at all under Vista but still work perfectly fine with WINE.
     
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    I have never really got the whole Linux versus Windows thing, maybe I am a bit naive to it all but Windows works well enough for me and it should for anyone if it's configured correctly and you really don't have intervene into it for it work.

    I have tweaked my XP PC to run as fast as possible such as running it for best performance and having the page file on a seperate parition (Learned that from Trips book) I don't have any performance issues what so ever, especially when it comes to running powerful games like Cysis.

    According to a few articles I have read I shouldn't be able to run Crysis very well my graphics card is an Nvidia 8600GT, I have 2GB RAM with a 3rd GB available if I want (but it isn't the same make as the other two dimms, so I took it out to increase latency) my CPU is a C2D 2.1GHz. I get crysis running at 1024 x 768 resolution with High detail and medium on everything else.

    So I have no issues with XP
     
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    If your computer came with Mandriva pre-installed you'd probably be saying the same thing about Linux: "It works well enough for me so why bother trying Windows."

    I, personally, find it absurd that it costs more to buy Vista Ultimate than to build the PC I'm installing it on. In a free market the cost should have gone down as MS ramped up production. Instead the exact opposite has happened, which to me indicates monopolistic price gouging.
     
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    LOL. This discussion has happened here before. I was told MS doesn't price gouge and that people would be happy to pay them even more for their OS. I was also told MS is not now, nor ever has been a monopoly, and that their business practices are just fine and dandy....

    I pointed out how the price point for performance vs the cost of hardware is always going down and the cost of MS's OS is always going up. To a person this forum denied this is evidence of monopolistic price gouging and said software just doesn't fit the rules of economics like hardware does.

    You will find a lot of opposition to the idea that MS is ripping people off with their price structure.
     
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    But everything I want/need doesn't come on Mandriva. Most people would likely be fine with it.
     
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    Hardware is more prone to diseconomies of scale than software. We're talking about a product that, in many cases, can be transported across the globe for free over the internet.
     
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