Say “Ubuntu in Ottawa” five times fast

I know I’m cool because I use Ubuntu Linux. Keith Shackleton at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa promotes it. He’s cool too.
“Search engines and Human Rights — try Babieca and Ubuntu”

The fact is that I think we have here a desktop Linux that works for non-experts. The upgrade from the last version was wonky, but that’s my fault I think: I glided over the directions too fast, and used a pre-release version as as “production” machine, which they said the pre-release isn’t for.

OK: enough with the mea culpa. This is great software. It has simplified and de-jargoned the menus. Once you set up the kind of software you want — based on how intellectually free it is, and if there is official support for it — most of the software you would want is a click away. The one thing I want to accent is that Ubuntu Linux is both the main distribution, but that there are other, authorized distrubutions for use as a server (not desktop), for children, and with two alternate desktop environments. The environment is “the look and feel.” One desktop environment I want to examine, with its accompanying distribution, is Xubuntu (“zoo-boon-too”) with the xfce environment which has a reputation of being good for old equipment and relying strongly on default configurations, making it more approachable (in theory) for some users.

I don’t have the ability to bench test the two versions (much less bench test it on an old machine) but I’ll kick the tires and report back later.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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