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Ubuntu 11.10 a Disappointment

Ever since I began using the Linux distro, Ubuntu (and this was v. 8.04), I’ve never been disappointed with their updates. That is until now.

I updated to v. 11.10, the latest, code-named, “Oneric Ocelot.” And, boy, am I disappointed!

For one thing, the developers removed the option of two interfaces, the classic interface and what they call the “Unity” interface (view the entry, The 2 Interfaces of Ubuntu 11.04. Now it’s just the Unity interface, which lets the user click too many times to get to and fro an application. There are even applications that I have installed but need to search for before using them.

Why the developers have insisted on using this interface when users have complained about it, I’ll never know.

Secondly, and this is a major disappointment, I can no longer use RecordMyDesktop, which is the best screencast app for Linux/Ubuntu. As you have already known, I have been creating videos about using Ubuntu. This was when I had earlier versions of this OS.

With v. 11.10, however, RecordMyDesktop loads, but when I click on the record button, I get this message: “recordmydesktop has exited with status: 3328.” And RecordMyDesktop won’t record. It shuts down.

I’ve gone to the Ubuntu and other Linux forums and posted my problem, but no one seems to have a solution. Another user complained that he tried to contact the developer of RecordMyDesktop, but never received a response.

So now I’m stumped. I can no longer screen cast until some good soul tries to do something about this problem because I’m not the only one who has it.

A third albeit minor disappointment is I could no longer use Kmail, which is an email app. With the latest version of Ubuntu, I also get an error message when I try to load Kmail. I didn’t bother posting this in forums as I just placed all my email inboxes in Thunderbird. But I still had to configure Thunderbird to receive the added inboxes.

So the Ubuntu developers are about to release a new version. I’m in a wait-and-see mode. If the new version will still carry the problems I have with this current version, I’m going to look for a new Linux distro.

Any recommendations?

Oh, by the way, Linux still hasn’t come up with a speech recognition software, open source or proprietary. So I still have an old desktop with Windows XP and installed within are Camtasia and Dragon Naturally Speaking, the former a screen cast app and the latter a speech recognition app.

So I’m using them again. Ironically, the only one preventing me from discarding Windows altogether is Linux.

Ubuntu Just Gets Better and Better

Ubuntu, a popular Linux distro, just released it’s latest version, Ubuntu 9.10, fondly called Karmic Koala. It’s packed with more features and is much faster than the other operating systems out there, including, yes, windows.

Being an Ubuntu user since version 8.04, I upgraded my desktop to the latest version. But I did something else, too. I got my wife’s netbook, a Gateway LT2008i, which carries Windows XP and I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix as a dual boot.

Having no DVD rom, I used Wubi to install Karmic Koala via online. At first it stalled when it looked for a partition, because the netbook came with just a single partition. So I used the free Windows app, Easeus Partition Manager Express Edition to partition my hard disk.

Then I ran Wubi again and it installed Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix without a hitch. Wubi is a Windows app specifically to allow you to install Ubuntu as a dual boot with Windows. You can find Wubi here.

Here’s a screenshot of Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix:

Beautiful isn’t it?

Ubuntu 9.04 Better and Faster

Ubuntu 9.04 has been released and I’ve upgraded. The verdict? It’s better and faster.

I can’t compare it with Windows or the Mac, since I’ve forever scorned Microsoft and I’ve never used a Mac. But if you want an article on comparison, here’s one by Renai LeMay: Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X.

If you want to check out Ubuntu 9.04, you can go to the Ubuntu site. Ubuntu is a Linux distro and is free and open source.

Free Speech-to-Text Software

Because of this site’s name, many people come here looking for free speech-to-text or speech recognition software. Actually, this site talks about free or open source software, especially in relation to online marketing.

Truth be told, however, I’m also in the lookout for speech recognition open source software. When I was using Windows XP, I used Dragon Naturally Speaking, which was a good software. I’m not a fast typist and I find it easier to use speech recognition software.

Since I switched to Linux/Ubuntu, I’ve been missing Dragon Naturally Speaking. Alas, the only good speech recognition software are the commercial ones. Indeed, there are open source software such as CMU Sphinx, Julius, and two or three others, but you need to be a bit geeky to install them since you need to install them through the command line. And, when you want to activate it, you still have to do it through the command line. No GUIs yet.

For instance, I tried installing Sphinx 4, but I gave up because it requires packages within packages. If one package doesn’t get installed, the application just won’t work.

The best I was able to do was install Gnome Voice Control, which is a simple voice command app. It’s pretty decent, but at times it was faster using my mouse.

So, I have to wait until someone comes up with a simpler way to install and use speech recognition software for Linux. I heard the Ubuntu people are working on one. I guess there isn’t much demand for this kind of software or there’s some difficulty developing one.

This doesn’t deter me though from continuing to use Ubuntu. The benefits of using Linux far outweigh the inconveniences.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Released

The creators of the most popular Linux distro, Ubuntu, have just released version 8.10 named Intrepid Ibex. The previous version is known as Hardy Heron.

Ever since I boldly changed my laptop’s OS from Windows to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, I discovered the wonderful amazing world of Linux and open-source software. Changing my OS was, least to say, a profound experience. No more slow boot-ups, malware, fear of viruses and all those frustrating situations that accompany Windows (I had XP).

Now, the much-anticipated latest release of Ubuntu is here!

If you still have Hardy Heron, here’s a quick tutorial on how to flawlessly upgrade:

If you still are not using Ubuntu, now’s the best time to do so. I believe you can still try it alongside Windows if you’re a bit wary. Just go to the Ubuntu site for more info. In any case, whether you’re trying or changing, the distro is free and will always be.

Changed from Windows to Linux and Enjoying It

I finally took the plunge into Linux, particularly the Ubuntu distro.

Blame it on Microsoft. My laptop was running on Windows XP and was getting sluggish. Programs took forever to load, I kept on having Internet connection issues and I had to always check for ‘badware’ even when I had the latest and updated anti-virus and anti-malware software.

It came to a point when my friends and ISP techies strongly urged me to reformat my hard drive and re-install the XP. I agreed. The only problem was I misplaced my install CD. I searched far and wide (actually near and narrow since I live in an apartment) and just couldn’t find it.

So I was in a dilemma: continue with my sluggish OS or buy a new one, neither of which was appealing. I thought, "why buy another CD when the same thing was bound to happen again." And I certainly didn’t want to upgrade to Vista; too much bad feedback.

Then I read in my local paper’s tech column about Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. I liked what I read. Then I researched on comments, reviews and what-nots on Linux, particularly Ubuntu. I liked what I was reading. Best of all I liked the word, "free." Yet, I liked "free" in the context of excellence. Apparently open-source software aren’t run-of-the-mill.

I checked out the software bundled in Ubuntu such as OpenOffice, Gimp, Tomboy Notes and, of course, the already popular Mozilla Firefox. I deemed them not just alternatives to Microsoft and Adobe. They were superior apps that were head-to-head rivals!

So I went to the Ubuntu site, downloaded the distro, burned into a CD, backed up my important files and installed the Hardy Heron outright. I didn’t bother partitioning my drive so I could have the option of booting either Windows or Ubuntu. I was just tired of making Bill Gates rich.

It was a cinch. It installed easily and smoothly. Upon first seeing the Ubuntu interface, it felt like an epiphany. It was profound, and I’m not kidding!

That was about 4 months ago. I’ve never regretted it.

I took the plunge and I’m enjoying every minute of the adventure.