Ubuntu Hoary

… is the first release of a Linux distribution in a long time that I could cheer until my voice becomes hoarse (ha!) without going to very technical explanations. In other words, a lot of things Just Works™

Software installs/updates and power management.. the latter is probably an eye-popper to a veteran Linux laptop user, and the former, even Red Hat never managed to get right out of the box (while Debian never managed to get pretty-looking). The thing that prompted me to write this, though, is removable media support. Plug in a USB drive (in my case, the TunePlug from Magnatune, with 10 MP3 rock albums bundled) and up it pops on your desktop, with the correct volume label. Naturally suspicious, I did a quick directory listing of /media and, to my pleasant surprise, the mount-point was dynamically created with the same name.

I was impressed enough to start looking at fixing my desktop’s loud fans (to no avail, but I chanced upon Shuttle’s new BTX line, the XPC i-series. Gorgeous, alas, it’s for Intel CPUs.. and I’m not a fan (pun intended) of the Pentium 4’s design, even with the bolt-on 64-bit support). And looking at the notebook situation in Intel land.. which led me to humbly revise my opinion of Dell. Their Inspiron 700m is.. ooh!

Pity about the battery life though. Let’s see what Fujitsu could do with the new AMD Turion..


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