quick review of Linux Voyager 12.10

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  1. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    i was looking at distro reviews on Youtube and this one caught my attention.
    InfinitelyGalactic gave it a very good review, calling it the best XFCE distro of 2012.
    review here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw-TjzpnyUs
    so of course me being a fan of XFCE i had to try! :p

    first, this is based on Xubuntu and it's easy to use as Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
    one thing i noticed is that there are no big office suite installed.
    there is no Java/IcedTea, Samba or Mono installed, which suits me just fine because i always remove all that stuff anyway.

    Conky is pre-installed and is a right click away on the desktop, which is a nice touch.

    Voyager is very nice to look at and comes with quite a few nice themes and icons installed.

    here's a screenie of my Voyager:
    View attachment 237187

    all in all, i think i like this even better than Mint 14 XFCE! :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the review and thanks again for making me aware of this OS. Is that wallpaper already in the OS? It looks amazing.
     
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    it is included in the OS.
    there's actually a whole bunch of wallpapers included.
    maybe too many but it's better than not enough. ;)
     
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    Great I'm going to download it now. Do I have to download it in french and then install my language?
     
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    no, all the languages are there.
    the installer is in English.
    it's just the regular Ubuntu installer.

    you just select the language you want during the install, like usual. :)
     
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    Ok great and thanks again :thumb: downloading it right now :)
     
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    Are the issues mentioned in Mrk's review on Voyager 12.04 link solved like multimedia usage glitch, graphic inconsistency on desktop, Firefox travesty and so?
    If the quality now is as good as it looks, I'd give it a spin.
     
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    mrk main issues with Voyager 12.04 seems to be with Flash and Firefox pre-installed addons.

    Flash works good in Voyager 12.10 and is pre-installed.

    there is still are a bunch of addons pre-installed in Firefox: Ghostery, Adblock etc.
    that's not a big deal for me.
    i unintalled all of them and installed NoScript. :)

    the Terminal transparency is easily adjusted via right-click.

    most of these issues seem to have been fixed or are easily fixed by the user.
     
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    i agree with mrk on that Voyager is too much :rolleyes:

    its good for newbies no doubt lot of tweaked stuff and lot of conky themes ........etc

    but i feel it overdone too many wallpaper too much eyecandy feel like a Laetitia Casta with too much makeup :p

    some people love it some not ;)
     
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    for newbies like me having Conky pre-installed and configures is a big bonus.
    i've heard conky is quite complicated to learn from scratch.
    this can be a good introduction to Conky for me.

    it's like having the beauty and eye candy of KDE but with the speed of a XFCE desktop.

    i just love the overall look; the fonts are clear, the themes and colors are pleasant on the eyes.

    but like mrk said nothing that could not be done with Xubuntu and a few hours of work/learning.
     
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    conky are pretty easy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifhHNyzt8_I

    but outofbox things are always welcome :)

    glad you enjoy this distro thats beauty of linux there are so many distros you find your favorite one among them :)
     
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    yes one more thing i like to add one great tool it had which i often use on ubuntu and xubuntu .....etc is Synapse best thing about this tool is you have to enter Ctrl and space bar

    and entire some initials of name of application you want to start and hit Enter/Return key ;)
     

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    well,

    i came back to my senses! :p
    Voyager is basically just Xubuntu with some nice themes and Conky pre-installed and pre-configured.

    anyway, that gave me the chance to try Xubuntu, so to speak.

    it doesn't seem that much different from Mint XFCE, save for the System Updater, and the Ubuntu Store.
     
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    i've managed to install and configure Conky on Mint XFCE.

    i've also managed to make Conky autostart with XFCE which was a lot of trials and errors with editing the .conkyrc file so the conky window would not interfere with other windows and show at start.
    it's apparently a lot easier in Gnome or KDE based machines i've gathered.

    here's the 2 settings that did it for me:

    you also have to go into Settings/Session and Startup/Application Autostart and add an item so conky autostart after reboot.
    you can call it conky.
    the command is conky

    here's the result:
    conky.jpg

    the only thing conky in this image is the clock/date and system info at lower left.
    but it adds a lot i think. :)

    notice how i also replaced the Mint XFCE icon on the top of the right taskbar with XFCE official mascot.
    the one from Mint was too ugly i think. lol
     
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    Looks good. With Conky set up as a desktop clock like that, how much ram & cpu is it using?
     
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    after a reboot: about 340 Megs of RAM and the CPU iddles betwen 0 and 1%.
    on a i3 Intel 64 bits
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    yes, i find that's a very good tool to use.
    i've also installed that to Mint XFCE.
     
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