Originally Posted by OtherSongs
Wow; a 23 page review on this from Toms!
Last page starts with: Oneiric In The Grand Scheme Of Things
Ubuntu 11.10 is a nice upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04, although the new interface has yet to achieve full feature parity with the classic GNOME 2 UI. Unity is better than it was in Natty. However, Oneiric is in no way ready for touchscreen devices. Technically, Ubuntu 11.10 tops Windows 7 in several areas of benchmark performance, but when it comes to the accessibility of more mainstream applications, don't give up your Windows installation just yet.
Ubuntu is a great fit for users who are only concerned with Web browsing. Netflix Instant junkies need not apply. Virtual immunity to viruses, free cloud storage, automatic updates, in-the-background backups, and social network integration on the desktop just sweeten the pot for this crowd. Casual indie games available in the Ubuntu Software Center, music from the Ubuntu One Music Store, and the Ubuntu One mobile clients serve to make Ubuntu more appealing to the growing demographic of smartphone users as well. A slick-looking interface and familiar Web applications like Firefox and Thunderbird also ease the transition from Windows.
I have no idea what is meant by "accessibility of more mainstream applications"- having switched over myself 100% to Ubuntu/linux over 5 years ago, I have rarely had a need/want for any app functionality I couldn't find in FOSS/Linux. The few exceptions are free (beer and/or speech) Win apps (DVDfab, Irfanview) that run fine with Wine. I have needed nothing else. Nothing. And I'm a technical/experienced user! All the non-technical people I've switched over years ago (wife, Mom, nieces, nephews, sisters/brothers, etc) have never felt they were "missing" any app capability, either. Yes, they may initially ask "How do I install iTunes", but then show them the alternatives like Rhythmbox or similar, and it's "Oh. Cool". Same goes for other app categories/types.
No non-technical/non-corporate user needs MS Office, Photoshop or any of the other oft cited commercial apps as reasons to stick with Windows.
Even large, serious organizations don't-http://linux.slashdot.org/story/12/0...witch-to-linux
Funny thing is, the only reason I keep hearing to stay with Windows in recent months is for some commercial games that don't work well under Wine or aren't Flash/Java/web/cross platform already. Get them an Xbox and have your PC grow up!
Ironically, the most often heard excuse I heard in the late 1980's for companies or image-conscious home users to *Not* buy a Commodore Amiga or Atari ST (both machines and OS's being far more capable than the DOS/x86 machines of the day) was that those were "game computers" sold by "game companies", i.e. the "game" label was a derisive term used to disparage those choices. Funny how now most companies/home users have computers running an OS/apps by a "game company"
The double standard to those of us who've been in this business/hobby long enough is both hilarious and depressing at the same time.
"Ubuntu is a great fit for users who are only concerned with Web browsing"
Quite laughable given the HTPC/PVR/media uses detailed in this forum. He then goes on to actually contradict his absolutist statement with counterexamples:
"Virtual immunity to viruses, free cloud storage, automatic updates, in-the-background backups, and social network integration on the desktop just sweeten the pot for this crowd. Casual indie games available in the Ubuntu Software Center, music from the Ubuntu One Music Store, and the Ubuntu One mobile clients serve to make Ubuntu more appealing..."
I'm glad to see reviews like Tom's- just critiquing his journalism style