2.3.25-8 (Jun 5, 2013)
“Bless the Maker and His water.
Bless the coming and going of Him.
May His passage cleanse the world.
May He keep the world for His people. ”
FIVE Stars (and a Pox in the Myopic Naysayers).
13.04 (Raring Ringtail) (Apr 26, 2013)
I can't recommend this release.
I won't be able to recommend the next one either.
The reason is quite simple:
Why would anyone in their right mind (or even their wrong mind) install an operating system that will only be supported for NINE MONTHS??
Bad enough that Canonical did the gadfly "here's a new OS every six months". Stupid? Yes. But at least each version was supported for 18 months, give or take. Now it's NINE MONTHS. That's TRULY intelligent (DRIPPING sarcasm tags). 12.04 did not become stable and usable until after the 12.04.1 release and now Canonical wants to foist an OS on its users that will only get fixes and updates for half the time it was previously supported for.
NOTHING can go wrong with THAT.
Anyone with a modicum of sense will now completely eschew the non-LTS releases and let Canonical beta test their software with other suckers.
Of course the support for visually impaired users remains spotty. Yes, you can enable Compiz Enhanced Desktop Zoom. No, it doesn't support zooming the Launcher because Canonical was too STUPID to take that into account. Yes, you can install MyUnity and enlarge the size of the Launcher icons. No it's not bloody big enough by a longshot.
So, here's my recommendation:
- Completely ignore anything and everything from Canonical that ISN'T a LTS release (including this release)
- Download and use 12.04 LTS until 14.04 LTS comes out.
- Ditch Unity as the failed interface and half baked impairment to multitasking that it is and install Cinnamon (forget MATE: GNOME2 is dead and that's that)
- If you're visually impaired, install gnome-shell-mousewheel-zoom by Tobias Quinn to get Compiz-style desktop zooming for the ENTIRE desktop
ONE star for a complete waste of time and download bytes - a nine month support lifespan is insulting anyone's meaningful intelligence.
Oh and thanks for the interesting Beta, Canonical - but I'll wait for the Final in the Spring of 2014.
22.214.171.1243b Beta (Apr 12, 2013)
This ain't bad but it won't get me off the absolutely godlike and free Agent Ransack.
Three and a half stars rounded up to FOUR.
2.3.25-6 (Apr 5, 2013)
Columbian drug lords use phone lines and iPads to conduct business but no one wants to ban those technologies. Just putting it into perspective. We live in an age where privacy is a fleeting commodity and political correctness is the new racism.
TOR helps balance the scales.
But then again, I'm sure you already knew this given your response showing both sides.
7.0 (Mar 22, 2013)
ONE star (too high a rating but that's the minimum allowed).
7.0 (Jul 22, 2011 - 4:35 PM)
I don't really give a crap about performance benchmarks, especially with today's CPUs - they amount to nothing more than bragging rights in the real world. I go for versatility, configurability and overall ability to customize via add-ins.
For me, Firefox has no peer.
7.0 (Jun 7, 2011 - 1:36 PM)
...and identify yourself to the thugs of the RIAA so they can play Big Brother and look over your shoulder in perpetuity.
And AAC was not, is not and never will be lossless.
Claims that it is are a blatant, er how should i put this, LIE.
Ya gotta be running, not walking, down the "Too Stupid To Live" Road to fall for this.
7.0 (Jun 3, 2011 - 1:54 PM)
No they shouldn't.
One does NOT give a three year old an Uzi.
7.0 (May 31, 2011 - 5:30 PM)
I use Win 7.
I find myself using my Linux box more, for multimedia and music (yep - that's right). My media server is Linux. I absolutely LOVE my iPad2 which also a lot of time in my hands. At this point, I spend more time on my Linux Mint box which is customized to be a hybrid interface using elements of the Mac, Windows 7 and Linux Gnome itself. I like that interface best of all because I built it to suit my uses. The only thing I miss on Linux is a decent and easy to use graphics app. I have high hopes for the revamped version of the Gimp (the current version is s***e). At the end of the day, I'd have to say that the Mac interface is most refined, based on my iPad and my son's MacBook Pro.
And that's what it's all about: the interface.
7.0 (May 30, 2011 - 1:59 PM)
What's to choose?
It's a beta.
It's not final.
It's not in the running yet.