Oddly enough, curious about the hype, I just put Ubuntu 6.06LTS D/T onto
an older (400mhz/256M) box which was previously running FreeBSD 6.1-R
with gnome (you can believe that I thought twice before committing to the
Ubuntu looks good, and comes with a well considered gnome environment,
with a good application mix (OpenOffice 2.0, Gimp, Firefox etc. etc.), and
a bunch of gui based sys admin apps, all of which are installed by
default. It appears that Ubuntu is trying to take a run at being a
desktop alternative to a nameless west coast outfit who also makes OS'es,
albeit more expensive and less reliable.
Certainly a cute little turnkey desktop platform, but it seems to me that
there is a keystroke/mouseclick lag compared to the similar gnome
environment running FreeBSD 6.1-R on the same box. I have done no
benchmarks to prove it, and I have no supporting data, it is just a
feeling I get (and may be a BSD bias).
I have not played with the Ubuntu package manager as of yet, but as the
box is now surplus I can afford to play with Ubuntu a while longer and see
if it is anywhere near as good FreeBSD. I will admit that the desktop
bundle has a lot of thought put into it, and other Linux distro's and even
the BSD's could learn a thing or two about cobbling together a useable and
complete end user bundle from Ubuntu 6.06.1.
Oh, as a side note, I had great difficulty in installing from the live
system cd, and if you are going to repeat my experiment, then use the
ubuntu-6.06.1-alternate-i386.iso image from the mirrors to burn your
install cd. It is a character based install, but it was the only one I
actually got to work.