I’ve yet to upgrade my 64-bit Quad-Core system (it’s a 1.7 Gb download since I have Gnome, KDE and Xfce, not to mention heaps of programs), but doing a fresh i386 install on my brother’s Pentium 4 with 2 Gb of RAM was quick and painless. The result is a smooth and stable system with really fast boot-up, and lightning-fast shutdown.
They’ve of course stuck with the trademark “Human” theme of tan shades and simplistic interface and icons, but each time it looks even better. I shake my head when I see people whining about that (ie: the use of brown), when it is so simple to customise Ubuntu to look how you want it.
Most of the extra software I had to install had “Karmic” versions already in the repos, with just a handful I had to hunt up via their sites (come to think of it, some were never in the repos anyway). So by pasting one command in a terminal I installed nearly everything he could ever need, with the rest found easily and installed via downloaded .deb files.
Desktop effects worked out-of-the-box, with no need to download drivers, which surprised me as ATI generally used to have poor Linux support. With all the pimping I’m doing to this P4 system, it’s still running way faster than if it were XP (let’s not even dream of Vista or 7). I haven’t even managed to crash anything, though I promise I’ve been trying! Hats off to Canonical for another great version of the best operating system around.
Staunch Windows and Mac users have no idea what they’re missing!