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Did you see this Ubuntu 7.04 (feisty) (p)review. Despite what I think about some the recent strategic moves by Ubuntu I am impressed by what is coming. After reading that review I was just thinking "can it get any better than this?". I mean, it's so polished that there's pretty much no real arguments left for anyone who opposes switching to the GNU/Linux desktop based on "it's hard to use" or "it's hard to install software" or anything like that.

Also, this feature of automatically installing codecs for mp3 support is something I don't oppose even ideologically becase it installs gstreamer plugins. It could do the same for video formats by installing ffmpeg. Both gstreamer and ffmpeg are Free Software. Remember, you don't need proproetary w32codecs for 90% of multimedia anymore! That's increasingly becoming a past.

Heck, after seeing this review I am tempted to give it a try once it is released myself, but I'd also check to see which exactly proprietary components (blobs) have been put in. Something tells me none of it will be needed for me and I'd just be able to remove it.

In fact... it is increasingly becoming true that most people don't need any proprietary software on GNU/Linux. Got an R300 ATI card, you don't need proprietary driver for it. Maybe the only remaining area is wifi support, but I don't know much about that to comment. What else is there?

When I step back a bit and look at where has GNU/Linux come, despite everything; it's just freaking awesome and incredible. Sure, I'll continue rallying against compromising (especially when it's not so essential as some make it out to be), but on my "spare" time so to speak I can just sit back and enjoy the accomplishments made so far!

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The remaining areas are

The remaining areas are NVIDIA drivers, firmware for many WLAN cards, and Adobe Flash...

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Right.. so..- Noveau

Right.. so..

- Noveau (being suppoeted by Ubuntu now as well as FSF)
- Hmm anything going on with WLAN firmware stuff?
- GNASH (and potential freeing of flash at some point) - also with keepvid.com you don't need flash for many videos on the web, and most flvs are played by free ffmpeg through VLC or mplayer.

Not too bad I guess. Smiling

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libervisco wrote: - Hmm
libervisco wrote:

- Hmm anything going on with WLAN firmware stuff?

possibly, but even if there were, WLAN hardware is so diverse and uncharted that there is no way a firware replacement project could make a significant change

(my WLAN card driver has 3 different firmwares that could be loaded... for, basically, 1 chipset)

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http://www.fsf.org/resources

http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html has the information about which wireless cards work well with free software.

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Thanks for that Whistler.

Thanks for that Whistler. I'll consult that list when I'll be buying a laptop.

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libervisco wrote: Did you
libervisco wrote:

Did you see this Ubuntu 7.04 (feisty) (p)review. Despite what I think about some the recent strategic moves by Ubuntu I am impressed by what is coming. After reading that review I was just thinking "can it get any better than this?". I mean, it's so polished that there's pretty much no real arguments left for anyone who opposes switching to the GNU/Linux desktop based on "it's hard to use" or "it's hard to install software" or anything like that.

I cut my teeth in Linux on Ubuntu warty. A few revisions later, that beast has been totally tamed by feisty. I'll be updating my linux box as soon as it goes stable.

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actually when I installed

actually when I installed Ubuntu my Nvidia graphic card stopped working, does anyone know a fix?

Thanks,
Paul

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What do you mean, "stopped

What do you mean, "stopped working" ? Doesn't it work at all any more, or doesn't Ubuntu recognize it, or what ?

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Nvidia doesn't have a fully

Nvidia doesn't have a fully supported free/libre driver for GNU/Linux yet (it is being worked on as part of the Noveau project), so if you'd like to enable it you have to install nvidia-glx driver using synaptic. Ubuntu will warn you (as it should) that it is not fully supported (because it is proprietary and the Ubuntu Free Software community can't properly maintain it), but let you enable it anyway.

It should however work quite good most of the time and Nvidia drivers for GNU/Linux are usually rated better than ones for Radeon.

Cheers

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Ububtu rocks but most of

Ububtu rocks but most of the apps I used are not yet supported.
@visio
try installing the latest driver.