Where Ubuntu LiveCD Both Succeeds and Fails

Posted by salparadise on Apr 23, 2006 10:38 AM EDT
ADT Magazine; By Matt Stephens
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I mentioned yesterday that I was trying out the beta LiveCD of Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake to its friends). First, the good news: Ubuntu LiveCD is a technological marvel, a fabulous achievement. The ability to boot from a single CD into a GNOME-fronted Linux system (packed with productivity apps), and then browse the files on your Windows box, is a tremendous feat.

Ubuntu itself is also very slick: due in part to the user-friendly-by-design GNOME UI, and also to the additional work that the Ubuntu developers have done to polish things off.

But, despite the hard work, the user experience still falls short in a couple of important areas.

Windows users are used to a particular level of usability: to having certain things "just work". True, Ubuntu (and other Linux distros alike) have made great leaps in this regard over the last couple of years; but there are signs that there’s still a way to go, if they’re to capture the hearts and minds of Windows users (assuming that this is the intention of the LiveCD approach).

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