Ubuntu 13.10: A desktop tour (Slideshow)

Ubuntu 13.10: A desktop tour (Slideshow)

Summary: The most new-user friendly of all Linux desktop distributions, Ubuntu has a new, better release: Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander.

TOPICS: Ubuntu, Linux

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  • If you can put a CD or USB stick in a PC, you can install Ubuntu

    Installing Ubuntu 13.10 consists of little more than re-booting with a CD or USB drive, hitting a few keys, and drinking a cup of coffee.

  • Ubuntu is functional, but not all that pretty when first installed

    Once installed, the generic Ubuntu desktop, which uses the Unity 7 interface, is perfectly functional, albeit not that attractive.  

Topics: Ubuntu, Linux

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  • Thats just the shutdown dialog

    How exactly do a I discover the Shutdown dialog?
    How would a user know to click that tiny gear icon on the menu bar?

    In Windows 8.1 all I do is right click the Start tip > click Shutdown or Sign Out > Shutdown.
    • Or Even Simpler...

      Press the "power" button on the computer.

      BONUS: You can even configure what it does! Mine puts the machine to sleep.
    • RE: Thats just the shutdown dialog

      Alas, the Windows honk chimes in. How does Bill's azz taste? 8.1 will sane Microsoft. LOL!!

    • shut down dialog

      How did you know to 'right-click' Start button / whatever?
      • Duh...

        How did you ever discover the "right" button in Windows?
        Lemme guess: You took a 4-day $700 course "How to use windows".
        Claude Balloune
    • No thanks.

      As a starter, I'm looking at that bar along the left side of the screen thinking, "How would I fit the 40 app icons from my Windows taskbar onto a bar that holds 12? I'm guessing tons of scrolling." I don't see anything here that is a huge improvement over the dozen Linux distributions I've tried and discarded in the past. If I were forced to use Linux, I'd probably choose Mint. As it is, I'll stick with Windows 7 because I'd have to run WINE anyway, in order to get work done.
      • You're right Billy,

        Linux Mint is awesome! It's much much better than Windows 7. I tried both, I almost threw up when had to use Win7 after having accustomed to the bliss (as compared with Windows anyways ) of Mate DE with LMDE.
        • Get the work done

          As BillDem alluded, getting the work done is the reason to have a PC unless it's completely an entertainment device. Most of us have work that must be done, and that's the main reason for the PC. Entertainment is secondary.

          If you are somewhat independent, you can risk software like Open Office and others, but losing with customers because documents are not formatted correctly when they import into MS Office typically isn't worth the risk.

          If you work for most companies, they do buy their office suites. A few are adopting OpenSource, but the risk in dealing with other companies and formatting errors is very real and could be costly.

          Even as a student, my son (senior in college) who uses OpenOffice asked if he could test his presentation in my copy of PowerPoint. He's had formatting problems in the past and the college officially uses PowerPoint for his presentations. In this case, no problems were noted, but that's not always the case.

          As I've said so many times, the OS is immaterial, it's the applications that count.

          By the way, in anticipation of your next rant, I'm considering a new tablet. This'll be something like my 4th tablet so I'll be pretty picky as I don't want to replace it any time soon. Windows 8, Android and iOS were reviewed. Here's the results.

          Windows 8 loses because the applications I use don't run on Windows 8 or are vastly inferior to Android or iOS.

          Android and iOS about tie for application functionality, so at that point I can look at hardware and cost.

          iOS is twice or more the cost of Android, so Android has a leg up there.

          I want small, so either an iPad Mini or a 7 /8 inch Android running at least 4.2.

          At this point, the winner is a tie between the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 and the Acer Iconia 8 inch running Android.

          The final choice will probably be one of those two. So, even as much as I'd like Windows 8, functionality wins in the end.
          • It appears you contradict yourself.

            First you say: "but losing with customers because documents are formatted correctly when they import into MS Office typically isn't worth the risk."

            Then you say: "my son (senior in college) who uses OpenOffice asked if he could test his presentation in my copy of PowerPoint.", resulting with "no problems were noted"

            So you have confirmed OpenOffice no longer has compatibility issues with Office, but yet you contend it does. We OpenOffice/LibreOffice users have been telling people for a couple of years those issues are gone, but yet you insist on continuing to spread fear: " isn't worth the risk."

            I can tell you why the compatibility issues are gone: The ISO certification of both OpenOffice and Office document formats means everybody is now on the page.

            Please stop spreading FUD.
          • Yeah- I use LibreOffice-

            And I use LibreOffice in both Ubuntu and Win 8.1 (and my old Win-7 on another PC)
            Claude Balloune
          • me to....

            Good show
            Leo Regulus
          • such foolishness

            if there were no incompatibilities, he wouldn't have asked to test it against real powerpoint. I've seen the formatting problems before, and so has he. He's learned to avoid some of the problems out of self defense.

            Your logic is incredibly stupid. Are you really in the IT Business? One might reason no as you don't seem to have a logical mind.
          • Outlook.com - sky drive - create

            and it let's you create word, excel, powerpoint, onenote documents.
            You don't need any office suite installed, it is the Microsoft answer to GoogleDocs, and your skydrive has 7GB of cloud storage for free.
            I always hear people complain they would not be able to use their templates, macros, and they would miss the "power" features, but most of the time their templates import fine into the skydrive, googledrive, or libreoffice, their macros are obsolete junk that would not survive the next MSOffice update anyway, and the only "power" that really matter is the 120V coming from the wall socket.
          • No windows or MSoffice or IE required

            Outlook.com - sky drive - create

            you can do that on Firefox, Chromium or Chrome, on any OS you like.
          • Oh by the way, ISO has nothing to do with compatibility

            Really, get a life, ISO is a process driven certification and has nothing to do with compatibility with another product.

            Now, who's spreading FUD?
          • compatibility issues LibreOffice - M$Office

            Why do you keep saying that LibreOffice has compatibility issues with M$Office and not the other way around? Oh, yes, I know why. Because most of the so called "IT professionals" are either stupid, no-risk taking, don't-care-about-the-companiy's-costs, lazy bums, who prefer to take the easy way of "proposing" to the Company's management Micro$oft's crapware, because "it is the !!!" -so if something goes wrong, they'll say: "but it's MICRO$OFT!"- instead of proposing a free and technically better product, but for which they have to explain to the secretary that: "LibreOffice IS Office" and "yes you can format your boss's answer to his Boss the same way as with M$Office an he will not have a fit because HIS M$Word wrapped the text around and had an extra line at the end".
            If you have something important to say, nobody is going to look down on you because you used a free product instead of an overpriced one, just because of the pattents law. I wonder what would happen if everybody in this world start using the same concept in everything they make. Then, we'll see if the big business will still continue -together with their political buddies- supporting with such fanaticism the "pattent system".
            But until then, just stop paying big bucks when you have a choice and stop using lame excuses, like "compatibility problems". If more people start using the Free/Open products, then the closed source products will have the "compatibility issues".
          • Nice Rant spykor

            As long as the majority of business users are using MSOffice, any compatibility issues belong to "something else." Ten years ago, my firm was forced to switch from Microstation to AutoCAD because of compatibility problems with most of the Architects with whom we worked. We previously switched from Word Perfect to Office for the same reason.
          • Compatibility MS Office - LibreOffice

            I have experienced compatibility issues with MS Office/LibreOffice. Most of the time I avoid the problem because I normally export the documents in pdf. When collaborating with complex documents, however, I've been forced to work in MS Office. This is also true in OpenOffice, GnomeOffice and Softmaker Office.
          • anothercannuck, so one Powerpoint document proves it!?

            Gee, when it comes to open source your willing to take another poster's statement of one document had no problems noted as all you need to prove your case. It's as if that person were from a large independent research lab and had tested thousands of files the way you respond.
            if I told you Windows is great because it booted up last time I tried w/o crashing and I can find all of my programs very easily, would you then agree it's great to use? no, of course not, so stop being so stupid.
          • Speaking of FUD...

            No, he didn't "confirm OpenOffice no longer has compatibility issues". He confirmed that one presentation deck had no compatibility issues, which isn't even close to the same thing.

            Of course, you knew that already. So who's spreading propaganda?

            For what it's worth, I'm downloading Ubuntu 13.10 as I type this on my Windows 8.0 system. I don't particularly care what OS you use, but your near-truths are just about as bad as Loverock's. And both of you do great disservice to the OSes you claim to support.

            And I've been using OpenOffice and/or Libre Office and/or Kingsoft Office for quite a while. I still run into the occasional glitch when importing into MS Office, especially with paragraph breaks and image placement.