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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 69 votes

    • 5 star: 46
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Valid alternative to windows"

    March 20, 2010  |   By alconcito

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Windows-like interface minimizes learning curve. TONS of free software. I mean TONS. I'm still exploring, but so far, no complaints.

    Cons

    I'll let u know when I come up with some.

    Summary

    For now I run this as a second OS, but if it keeps up the good work, I'll use it to replace windows in a couple of my PCs.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "IT'S Working! IT'S Working! Great!"

    February 10, 2010  |   By rbnpar

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Good quality . Looks familiar Kind of in between win and mac . Get the kids working on this os , the more you use it the better you understand it.Support is available any where on the net from a large community.

    Cons

    Could be more verbose, some of apps to sniff dsl , vid wire less and popups for direction. help loading drivers.Try www.michaellarabel.com/index.php?k=blog&i=114 .

    Summary

    Yes! there should be more drivers added to install to help user to configure their machines . Think dvd install with reams of prog's and apps . Gusto! Sure the download would be bigger but the WOW! would be there.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Move over Windows"

    January 30, 2010  |   By vince1960

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Ubuntu 9.1 is free, very stable,FAST and very process friendly.So much so tat hear my cooling for speed up often.VERY fast boot.Great llook and easy to use.

    Cons

    Wont read cds.Won't write to a sd card Maybe be hardware issue.Not supported for MAC PPC

    Summary

    After a fresh install with them copy that Ubuntu sent.All of my software issues went away.This is the greatest O.S. I have ever used.Install quickly,Booteup much,much faster then windows and it uses way less resorces then windows.Linux is very secure in that with every change you or an install wants to make,you have to give permission.Unlike windows.You don't need security software to do this.I feel Linux IS the way and Microsoft had better just step aside!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful OS"

    December 13, 2009  |   By winjeelcom

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Free, fully and completely functional. Very easy to get a whole bunch of other software for it, free, too. Extremely stable, and much more reliable than my XP. And I'm running MS Office on it (my fav' office program), albeit, via Wine.

    Cons

    I still need XP for iTunes & iPhone, and for adobe LightRoom. I'm using a Dell so there has been no hardware problems, other than the line-in mic doesn't work, but the internal mic does.

    Summary

    Totally awesome, and totally excellent. The ONLY time it has ever had a program crash was MS Word (twice). I've had 9.04 as my first linux, and that and this 9.10 both have never crashed. Once you have spent a couple of hours playing with it, it is far easier to maintain than Windows XP. I'm running Ubuntu as my main OS now, and have been for six months, and only occasionally use XP when I need to. Ubuntu is so much more an easier and user friendly OS (and it's free).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use,lots of support software"

    December 10, 2009  |   By rayjimnik

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    I think its an awsome OS it done everything i've wanted and more..

    Cons

    Wireless is a bit tricky

    Summary

    My 10 year old son breezes through all applications

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing Software"

    November 28, 2009  |   By Indian_art

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Fast
    Secure
    Dependable
    Energy & resource efficient
    Can be customized to look real slick
    FREE to use & free to modify

    Cons

    Needs more publicity
    Prefer if it is pre-installed like it is in Dell. eight virtues , Linux certified, system certified.

    Summary

    I have been using Ubuntu for more than a year. Its so good, once you get used to the difference (its a good difference).
    I only wish more people get to know this and use it to personally know how good it is.
    Hope CNET does a review on this software.

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  • 3.0 stars

    ""Still in progress""

    November 18, 2009  |   By fateh01

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    It's fast and its aesthetically appealing (to my eyes anyways)

    Cons

    Can't run quite a few programs that I love to use. Wireless drivers are faulty, etc.

    Summary

    The bottom line is that this is still a work in progress and will take some time before it should be readily available for the mass market. It can download many files and programs even without a internet browser and is much faster than what you can find in a Windows browser (ie Internet Explorer or Google Chrome). But anyways like many others have said it should not be used by those who are not above average when it comes to computers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "OK< once we got going"

    November 17, 2009  |   By John at Wagga

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    It did everything it said it would do

    Cons

    Slow to download. Over an hour, even with ADSL. And that was only an ISO file. I then had to work out how to open an ISO file !!

    Summary

    Not too shabby at all.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Totally modern look and feel! Best Ubuntu yet!"

    November 8, 2009  |   By BigAl35540

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    Online Software Center the other two are still beta testing. Works great! Real modern look and feel to the OS! Lightning speed on the Internet. Really quick boot time!

    Cons

    Lousy media players! When is Ubuntu going to get something like Winamp? Evolution email client has a file attachment problem! The HTML quirks in both Evolution and Mozilla FireFox are still there after all this time!

    Summary

    The open software community can be extremely proud of Ubuntu Karmic Koala! It is a throughly modern operating system in all aspects! Gone is the Windows 98ish look of the Windows, especially the monster sized buttons in the upper right corner. They have been replaced by small nice looking buttons with rounded corners reminiscent of both Vista and Windows 7. I am running the OS using the Gnome interface, although the KDE4 interface is an option. That changes the name to Kubuntu once installed just like the previous operating systems. The OS features a brand new file system which is only available if you do a fresh install. The ISO image off of CNET installed smoothly and remarkably fast. I am running the OS on one full partition on the main drive. I do not know if Ubuntu placed in a partition separate will end up corrupting the Windows NTFS partition like Hardy Heron, (8.04), did or not. The ISO from CNET immediately exhibited a kernel panic which means a partial file system failure, but unlike Windows which blue screens, the operating system kept chugging along. After two days an update came through which fixed the problem. So if you install clean from this ISO on CNET, run the updates that come in after you acquire an Internet connection. I recommend a clean install rather than an online upgrade. The upgrade will give you the new operating system on the OLD file system which was still being used on 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. I like: The Empathy Instant Messenger client. I'm now back up on Windows Live with it and it's supposed to do everything including audio and videoconferencing but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. The online Software Center. The best term for it is SLICK! They've beaten Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard to the punch! There's nothing like it at all...seriously! The network tools! You can ping, tracert, netstat, lookup, port scan, finger and find out who is assigned to an IP address all from the Gnome GUI! If you're a network administrator, this is your OS! The Gnome GUI itself! Not only can you place icons for applications on the desktop but you can put them up on the top bar and they're similar to the Windows Quick Launch. I have my network tools firewall and wi-fi radar up there amongst other things so I can quickly open an application window without having to minimize a current window. Great for the media player and other things like downloaders and that sort of thing. The operating system features the new Gnome interface which looks and runs great! There are several browsers available but the stock one is Mozilla FireFox. It is the latest version 3.5. It runs okay except strangely enough has some WEIRD HTML text problems that have carried over from previous versions. Italic text from elsewhere on the page will suddenly be pulled and butted against the italic text you just did! The only way to get the text back where it belongs is to cut and then paste it back where you had it...weird! This problem is particularly annoying for me since I use nice font, bold, italics and underline in a lot of my webmail emails! Also, there seems to be a problem with the Flash plugin to the browser, video stutter steps frequently. Since Mac Snow Leopard is having the identical problem this looks to be an Adobe problem rather than Mozilla FireFox or Ubuntu. What I don't like: THE MEDIA PLAYERS: Rythmbox brings up a supposed Shoutcast list of Internet Radio stations, but I've never seen anything like that and so limited! Amarok will not run in the Gnome interface...no audio! Exaile does but upon importing my 23 Gb music collection, I couldn't play any of it...no MP3 plug in...what? That's crazy! I know the open software community doesn't like the RIAA or the music industry, but it's time to bury the hatchet folks! The only way to access the Internet radio you want is to bring up Shoutcast and then right click on the left Tune-In button, go to the bottom selection, copy then paste into your own custom Playlist...what a pain-in-the-ass! The Evolution email client: Defaults to Plain Text rather than HTML. Who sends ugly plain text email messages anymore? If you select HTML, there's a shockingly limited amount of font choices. If you decide to use colored font, (mine is blue), and you go to another paragraph, the font is back to default font and color...what? Come on, seriously! This problem needs to be fixed! It's gone on long enough! When you bring Evolution up it DOESN'T go to your service providers POP server, you have to go Send/Receive to do that. It reminds me of older versions of Microsoft's Outlook email client. I experienced a SERIOUS problem attaching photographs to an email. the first went in just fine and a nice thumbnail came up. The second one started and then locked up! Over all this Ubuntu operating system is the finest OS ever released in Linux and it's got lots of room for growth and further development and potential. Considering how new it really is I would rate it a solid A-!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ubuntu 9.10 Love IT its improved so much just get it!"

    November 5, 2009  |   By mrcrysus

    Version: Ubuntu 9.10

    Pros

    I Love the Ubuntu 9.10 The Software Center Is the best now if you or you know someone that needs something simple thats it software center u can download your fav stuff and just click install like the app store on apple and we u can video chat now

    Cons

    no cons i can wait to see what 10.04 bring in six months i encourage everyone to switch over to ubuntu

    Summary

    Bottom Line Switch Over What are u waiting 4 its never been more simple and smooth

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