My thoughts on Xubuntu 14.04

I’ve been using Xubuntu 14.04 (AMD64 variety) for the last few weeks now and decided it’s time to type up my thoughts and test another OS. For the most part the system works fast and well. All of the hardware seems to work as it should. The wireless NIC functions, I was able to use my HP F4180 printer, and video rendering seems fine.

The default programs work well with a few exceptions. Although I was able to get Parole to play a DVD it just couldn’t figure out an audio CD for some reason. The desktop randomly crashed one time, but it not must have been for very long because the only way I knew about it was the dialog prompt. Everything seemed to be working fine. As mentioned in my first post on Xubuntu 14.04, after logging in a dialog box stating the system had hibernation problems shows up. Whether from a suspended or shutdown condition the message pops up about six times, even though everything seems to be working as it should from what I can see.  The default artwork of the Xfce interface is pleasant, but can always be changed by the operator. The Ubuntu Software Center allows for easy installation of a plethora of programs, many of which are under the GNU license and other to be paid for. As always, the computer viruses and many other system vulnerabilities that apply to Windows users does not afflict Linux users.

Xubuntu 14.04 is a pretty good system and is relatively simple to use. Unless you need every single PC game to work on you OS, Xubuntu can do pretty much everything you need it to. If you’re interested, look here for Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots, here to download Xubuntu, and here for Xubuntu support. I’d be happy to hear what others think of Xubuntu 14.04, any comments, praise, criticism, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

For reference, here are some of the laptop specifications:

Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX, Intel i3 330M 2.13Ghz Processor, 4GB RAM, NVidia GeForce 310M with 256MB of dedicated memory

Here’s a sampling of the Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots:

Screenshot - 11182014 - 08:10:06 PM   general_use  abiword

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Celestia, an amazing astronomy program

One of the more interesting programs I’ve used recently on Linux is Celestia. I installed it on Xubuntu 14.04 using the Ubuntu Software Center a few days ago. This program allows you to go through the various moons, planets, stars, galaxies, etc. throughout the universe. Unlike other programs where you are tied down to the Earth, Celestia allows the user to move throughout the galaxy and gain different perspectives of the various objects that exist in our universe. Some other things the program can do is to: illustrate the orbits of objects around each other, speed up or slow down time to observe objects rotate around each other, tells you how far you are from the target, track an object, establish synchronous orbit, lists a decent amount of information as seen from your current perspective of the object, and label the various galaxies, constellations, and other heavenly groupings.

While this program may not show the utmost level of detail when up-close to heavenly bodies, but I believe it is an amazing program that is well worth spending some time on. This program is a very detailed and of course free way to explore the stars. The program isn’t even that big. Here are a few sample screenshots.

Titan  J_Herschel_5173_A

al niyat   Polaris

This program is also available to Windows and Mac OS X users. Here’s the developer website for anyone that’s interested. Look here for more amazing screenshots of Celestia.

A few final thoughts on Xubuntu 8.04

It was a few weeks ago that I decided to use Xubuntu just to play around with it some more. It works well, all of the programs work, yet I cannot get Xubuntu 8.04 to go into standby mode. But since I can get Ubuntu to use almost as few resources as Xubuntu does I see no reason not to just use Ubuntu. That, and the fact that at least Ubuntu 8.04 can go into standby mode while when I click on standby in Xubuntu 8.04 the system just sits there and mocks me. That, and Ubuntu is more stable than Xubuntu. I have also posted a few new screenshots of Xubuntu 8.04 up.  Well, this post was short and simple unlike the last one, that is all for now.

Xubuntu 8.04 Beta works fine

Since Xubuntu uses mostly the same programs as Ubuntu this review will be rather short. Everything works fine, except for some reason Xubuntu 8.04(or any -buntu 8.04) will not detect my scanner. Printing works just fine on my HP Deskjet F4180, but Xsane just keeps telling me that it cannot detect the scanner. That is my only real qualm with any 8.04 version of Ubuntu at this point.

Xubuntu 8.04 boots up quickly, runs almost exactly as it should, and does it very fast. All of the programs (except for Xsane) work like they are supposed to.  From what I have seen so far from Xubuntu 8.04 there is only that one bug I mentioned. I am so glad that my system can actually go into standby mode under Ubuntu now. I wish that the sound card would turn back on after waking up out of standby mode but this is still a vast improvement over what my system did before. I wish I could think of more to write, but there is really not much else to say. I shall have to do more research and play around with Xubuntu 8.04 some more. If you would like to see some screenshots of Xubuntu 8.04 I put them on the page “Linux Screenshots“. The download location for all beta versions of Ubuntu is here at http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/beta.