This is probably of very limited interest, given that most people here either aren’t too interested in Linux, or if they are, they’re much more advanced at it than me. Nevertheless, I thought I’ve share my experiences so far since I’ve just shifted from Fedora Core (FC) to Ubuntu.
Here’s just a few things I’ve discovered so far (I may add more later).
Ubuntu’s CD can be used live or installed. This is superb, as you can try it out, then if you like it, go on to install it (I was so impressed I installed it over my FC, which I had no intention of doing originally).
The installation itself was very easy and straightforward, except for making sure I installed it over FC, but not my other partitions. Really in this respect, it was not idiot proof. Had I installed it on a blank hard drive, it would have been dead easy though.
Unlike in FC, many things seem to just work without any extra configuration. For example, all my other partitions show up immediately on my desktop, This is extremely useful, and crucial for persuading people to switch from, say, Windows.
Media files are easy now. Whereas I had to find out how to get all the right codecs for mp3, dvd, avi, etc in FC (although it is getting easier and easier), it was SO simple in Ubuntu. The first time you click on a file that needs extra codecs, you get a message saying the codecs aren’t installed and would you like Ubuntu to find them, download them and install them. Only takes seconds to do this and it’s all automatic. Very, very nice indeed.
Azureus appears to work much better in Ubuntu than in FC, though that might just be my experience.
Only thing so far that I’ve had problems with in Ubuntu is the nvidia drivers, but give me a few days on that. Even without them, even DVDs play fine. Just no 3d support for games.
Anyway, so far I’m extremely impressed. This is the sort of distro my dad could use. I couldn’t say the same about FC.
I can totally see why Dell have decided to go with Ubuntu.