Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)Ubuntu.com Live CD and Installation on one 700Mb disk Version 7.04 was the best Version so far installation was indeed simple and little had changed or needed to from previous installer again this nearly installed on all hardware presented, including now the laptop's it's ability to detect hardware remained the same and only lacked on very new hardware, network connectivity where on PC Desktops flawless (The newer hardware as for the Dell Precision presented a bigger problem to overcome but this used both SATA and a 64bit Intel Processor, as a Live CD it ran well and seem to install but would always fail on reboot) Distribution Upgrade from version 6.06 to Version 7.04 was very much better although it took ages it did complete although it would have been quicker to opt for a fresh installation. Clean installs where much more reliable and installed with little or no difficulty, printer support also seemed much improved. Applications included: Openoffice
Firefox Firefox has rapidly gaining ground not only as a suitable browser for Linux systems but Windows also. You have two possible ways to install new software the first and easiest is from the main Applications Menu from Gnome entitled Add/Remove this is a Gnome Application Installer it does not have the full functionality of the Synaptic Package Manager but it is easy to use and will install all that is required. It reliably installs software to a given point on the menu system so no additional menu editing is required. The second way is to use the Synaptic Package Manager you would use this to install system applications and codecs not normally found in Add/Remove application. The Beryl package could be installed using the Synaptic Package Manager not available in Add/Remove. Updates proved again to be very simple and easy to install with only the requirement for a reboot on very rare occasions or when the Kernel image file needed updating. With more website's and Forum sites supporting Ubuntu it was easier to resolve some issues with this release. Beryl was becoming very easy to install and downloadable from the main Ubuntu repositories and this for the first time gave us Eye Candy better than any Vista so far. To be fair Beryl & Compiz had been available before this release but not within to our knowledge the Ubuntu repositories. Using the Synaptic Package Manager installation was relatively painless, although a reasonably good NVidia card was necessary to run such Eye Candy software, which added a new and much appreciated fun element and dimension back into computers as a whole.