Here is a capture of my Ubuntu 9.10 64bit install.
I have a few things like Spaz, pidgin, skype, screenlets, drapes (a wallpaper changer) linux version of the Wakoopa program tracker, Cario Dock.
Some of the extra programs that I have installed is:
- Adobe PDF reader
- Adobe Air
- Spaz twitter client
- Ubuntu Tweak
- Wine (steam and Half Life 2 which has major graphics problems)
- WineTricks for things like windows runtime files, direct sound and direct3d etc
- Desktop Drapes which is a Linux wallpaper changer (just single click the icon in the tray and it changes your wallpaper instantly)
- ClamTk Virus Scanner which is a GUI front-end for ClamAV
- Google Earth
- Virtual Box
- Wakoopa software tracker
- Cario Dock with the GLX openGL adon.
And others that I use are kompozer, F-spot photo manager, Flickr up loader, Blue fish editor, a number of programming tools. Kino, songbird, mplayer media player, kaffiene media player, Amarok, Dvd::rip, VLC media player and many other tools and applications I wont go into.
I love the desktop affects like the window wobble and all the other desktop affects which a windows operating system would struggle to do.
A few small issues that I have with Ubuntu (or Linux in particular)
- There seems to be a problem where this final release version is still using certain beta software like grub
- some thing that drives me crazy is that if I am in Firefox and I click the address bar it doesn’t automatically highlight the entire thing, I know if you press F6 then it will jump to the address bar with the whole thing selected.
- Would it kill Mozilla to keep the same Firefox shortcuts between different versions, ie between the Linux and Mac versions (not a linux thing but still drives me nuts)
- Ubuntu is not for gaming, I know I can just dual boot but I find that to be a real pain in the bum as I either use one OS or the other because gaming for me is usually a spur of the moment thing and if I have to reboot into the correct OS just to play a game then by the time that has happened I don’t feel like playing that game (I know what I am getting at)
- I have hundreds of Games going back at least 15 or more years and it is crazy the amount of time and stuffing around that is involved in just getting the game to load, never mind the fact that once you get into the game it is all half missing or the sound doesn’t work correctly or the AI is all screwed up, textures are all crazy etc, etc, etc, etc… I know that Linux was not designed to play games but if it wants to keep up with and try to be a replacement with the windows line of operating systems then there is a lot of work that needs to be done.
- I have a lot of problems with TV tuner hardware and watching general TV which should be a very easy thing to do and is in windows, it takes a long time to setup even with the supported hardware.
- I love just jumping into the terminal and typing something along the lines of sudo apt-get install wine which is fine but I find the amount of extras or dependences that get installed / re-installed is insane, shouldn’t it detect what is installed and just work around that, seems to me that it isn’t to smart (actually I could say that about a lot of other software across many platforms)
When I talk about gaming in Ubuntu I am referring to games like UT3, Crysis, Farcry 2, Mass Effect, overlord etc (major windows games)
I do find ubuntu 100 times faster and smoother in everything from loading a program to scrolling down a web page in a browser, There is flash 64bit in Linux which is something that windows lacks.
My web camera now works perfectly with no intervention from me.
Okay that is enough of my Ubuntu ranting. So just to sum up it is a fine operating system and has come along way even in the last few years but it has a long way to go.