Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr review - So, excellent?

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I've written a long, enthusiastic review of Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr 64-bit Long Term Support (LTS) edition, covering live session, installation in a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 on a laptop with SSD, and post-install use and fun, including Wireless, Samba sharing, multimedia playback - Flash, MP3, applications, resources usage, battery life, boot time, printing over network, customization and tweaking, stability, suspend & resume, associated hardware problems, and more. Have fun.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/xubuntu-trusty.html


    Cheers,
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    Nice report, I especially like the clear way you explained the distinction between Xubuntu the distribution and Linux-the-OS so that people knew the wifi bug would be in any distribution with similar kernel versions &c.

    I like the whisker menu, even given the slightly broken search. I've set up a keyboard shortcut for xfce4-popup-whiskermenu as Windows-Space so it is a bit like Windows 7 (Hit Win-Space, type name of program).

    Also 'xfdesktop --windowlist' is bound to Win-AltGr so I can get a list of all the windows in all the workspaces anywhere (default is middle-click over desktop).

    Just working on getting the pause/play keys working (Lenovo X200s test laptop). Wifi is solid on this older model.
     
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    Yup, thanks for the review. Although I have set up Xubuntu 14.04 on the new Dell Latitude E5530 for my wife, I love using it at as well.
    I don't do Samba so can't comment on that, but printer, scanner, usb microphone, suspend when closing lid, sound, and the applications I also use on my desktop, all perfect.
    One minor thing. I cannot get gtk recordmydesktop to record 2 channel 44100 Hz - but can record with the usb mic.

    (Background is black with a white XFCE mouse outline in the center. I have kept the default icon and Greybird themes. Sick of those Faenza icons and desktop backgrounds depicting landscapes which should really be on chocolate boxes).
     
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    Hi Mrk

    The reason for the funny search results is due to settings applications (in this case gparted) being excluded from then menu [and the search based on menu items].
    Also I do get a permissions prompt from gparted when run from the settings panel.
     
  5. Mrkvonic

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    My problem was that the prompt was just a notice and then you couldn't authenticate.
    You had to relaunch from commandline with sudo or root.
    Mrk
     
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    Yes, thats same for me when launching from the menu, but when launching from settings, it prompts for password fine (for me) :)
     
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    MrK, how did you measure boot-time?
     
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    Bootchart.
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    helpful but it seems that the drivers don't recognize my kernel
     
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