Ubuntu 9.10: The Karmic Koala Benchmarked And Reviewed

Ubuntu One Cloud Computing

Ubuntu One is Canonical's cloud computing component (try saying that three times fast). But the term “cloud-computing” has been used to describe everything from Web mail to online photo albums. So what does Ubuntu One do, and why should you care? Well, Ubuntu One is basically the same type of service/app as DropBox.

Like DropBox, Ubuntu One creates a folder on your hard drive (in your Home directory), the contents of which are automatically backed-up online and synced to any other PCs you have running Ubuntu One. The folder has a shortcut in your Places menu and a system tray icon to display when your are connected, disconnected, or updating files. Being so well-integrated into Ubuntu means you won't be syncing any files between your Ubuntu box and a Mac or Windows PC using Ubuntu One.

You can, however, use the Ubuntu One Web site to access the contents of your Ubuntu One folder from any computer with Internet access, even those that don't have the Ubuntu One client installed. But using the Web interface to access Ubuntu One files on non-Ubuntu systems takes away from the simplicity and ease-of-use that come with a shared local folder.

Along with a synced and backed-up folder, Ubuntu One also integrates with the Evolution personal information manager to backup and sync contacts. Tomboy Notes also has an integration feature to make sure your notes are always up-to-date on all of your systems, and accessible online. While this integration is nice, again, it is limited to Ubuntu machines and is currently constrained to Evolution and Tomboy. Another thing that DropBox does that Ubuntu One does not is support symbolic links. With symbolic links, DropBox can also have contact and note functionality compatible with almost any application.

I've actually been using Ubuntu One for a few months in 9.04 and like it quite a bit. However, the service began acting up on me right around the time that the 9.10 beta was released. The problems became worse and more frequent the closer we got to the operating system's RC. Between the time that the RC emerged and the final copy shipped, Ubuntu One was unusable. I was not able to connect or disconnect properly using the system tray icon and local folder during this time. Sometimes the Web page would not load either, completely locking me out of my files. When the site did load, it often showed an old listing of files, and sometimes even a completely empty directory. Fortunately, Canonical fixed the issues surrounding Ubuntu One 48 hours after the final release of 9.10.

Bottom line: it's a neat little feature, but don't rely on it as your sole backup. Keep in mind that the beta tag has still not been removed from the Ubuntu One service. It does essentially the same thing as DropBox, and many of the neat tips and tricks that exist for DropBox can be applied to Ubuntu One as well. If you only use Ubuntu across all of your machines, don't hesitate to give Ubuntu One a try. If you are a multi-platform user, it's DropBox for the win.

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  • burnley14
    The new Upstart feature sounds terrific. Windows needs to take notes, I hate the awkward limbo of seeing your desktop but not being able to do anything.
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  • burnley14
    The new Upstart feature sounds terrific. Windows needs to take notes, I hate the awkward limbo of seeing your desktop but not being able to do anything.
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  • Anonymous
    Hi,

    I was a bit surprised to read your slaughter of Ubuntu 9.10, because that does not reflect my experience with it. My first thoughts when reading this were related to the (possible lack of) integrity and technical skills of the author (sorry about that). Then I remembered that I experience a few minor issues when upgrading from 9.04 to 9.10 as well and that I read about people which were unhappy with it. However, none of these would IMHO deserve the label "epic fail".

    Spending four days for installing 9.10 and reinstalling 9.04 seems like way more time than you should need. I upgraded my computers running Ubunutu in less than an hour. I have not tried a clean install but it would surprise me that this would be any harder. My parents have also been using Ubuntu for more than a year now without any complaints (this includes an upgrade to 9.10). Maybe I have been lucky?

    I have been using Ubuntu at work and at home for the last 3-4 years and I am pretty happy with it. I am also happy with the fact that you (Tomshardware) have been writing about Linux a bit more frequently. Keep it up, but don't be so harsh :)
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  • jj463rd
    I tried it on one PC.Had constant problems with the Mouse not working,system locking up etc.I went back to installing rock solid older 8.04 LTS on it which worked without problems (except for the time consuming (about) 450 updates).
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  • rsmith13
    I also got the Kernel problem error messages after installing Xubuntu 9.10 on an AMD 64 system. They went away after doing an update. I now have Xubuntu 9.10 on 5 single and dual core AMD 64 systems. with no problems.

    Do the update!
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  • cyberkuberiah
    hardware driver support from the hardware makers themselves is lacking , i installed ubuntu , could not connect to belkin wifi even after using the prop drivers , and then uninstalled it . patience over .
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  • haplo602
    nice article ... I mostly skimmed through it :-) anyway can you include a windows 7/vista benchmark base for the same hardware ?

    I know some of the test will be irrelevant (like the timed installation) but most should work.
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  • DGriffin
    I had 9.04 and upgraded to 9.10 with out any problems at all... I have a AMD 64 processor and had no problems with the 64bit vir... ..idk maybe I got lucky, but I sorta doubt it..
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  • MaxTesla
    The screensaver starts after 5 min so when you install Ubuntu the screen saver will start and the screen will go black you need to move your mouse too see the instalation again, this could of course be mistaken for a crash
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  • MaxTesla
    The screen saver starts after 5 min so when you install Ubuntu the screen saver will start and the screen will go black you need to move your mouse too see the installation again, this could of course be mistaken for a crash
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  • Anonymous
    I tried installing Ubuntu 9.10 via Wubi, immediately after rebooting from Windows and seeing the Ubuntu bootscreen it gave me a black screen, with my monitor reporting that there was no signal. Back to Windows I go, I suppose. :/
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  • techguy378
    Windows is the most advanced desktop OS ever created. Unless you have a really, really old computer that can't run anything past Windows 98 there is never a reason not to run Windows on a PC. Don't waste your time with this Linux crap. Free isn't always better.
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  • Anonymous
    Oh! Please!

    All these installation crashes sound like memory failures. Did you run memtest before installing?
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  • ibnsina
    Simplicity + smooth Graphics UI = Great Linux

    Great Linux + industry support (drivers+gaming) = Great Operating System
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  • Anonymous
    Techguy378- Depends what you want it for. I use both OSes extensively. I quite enjoy not having to run an antivirus on my Ubuntu machine for instance. The responsiveness of Ubuntu is much better on the same machine when compared to windows, It's just unfortunate that some hardware isn't fully supported. That situation has improved a lot over the last few years but it's still there- my laptop would run ubuntu but the ACPI code in the bios is buggy (this is a hardware issue NOT a software issue- Microsoft just hasn't implemented the layer correctly which, oddly, circumvented the issue. Lucky! That said, i'd like to question what a proper implementation is if the one done incorrectly is the one that works....)

    I use Vista for my audio stuff, mainly because Fruityloops lags in Ubuntu. I also use Vista on my laptop for the ACPI issue, but I use ubuntu on my Desktop and server, because it's just less of a monster and requires less aftermarket tools to keep running. (Antivirus.)
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  • Anonymous
    I just spent the entire night trying to get Ubuntu 9.10 to get my USB devices to work in high speed mode. And I still haven't got it to work yet. Looks like there are a LOT of issues with Ubuntu. I only need to copy some stuff out of my ext4 partitions and using Ubuntu seems to be the wrong choice.
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  • rean24
    I had no problem with 9.10 .
    Installed it through "Wubi" Not sure should i make the major change with a clean install.

    But soo far I havnt had any complains , all the effects are working , oline , workwise its Top-Notch.

    And Yes i am a Unbutu N00d..But Windows PRO...And if after a month of no problem will make the major change in OS.

    Only Complain I had was with my Logitic wireless mouse , but a quick change to the Microsoft one solved it all...
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  • dimitrik
    Good review. The fact is that about half the reviews of 9.10 are either negative or neutral due to problems encountered. Compared to the near universal positive reception of 9.04 this does warrant the words Epic Fail, especially since it squanders much of the goodwill built up by the success of 9.04.

    Based on all the reviews, I'm not even going to bother trying to run 9.10.
    I will give Linux Mint 8 a try instead which is based on 9.10 but has been customized for even more user-friendly operation and stability.
    The previous release Mint 7 was a nice improvement on 9.04 (which was great too) so I hope the Mint guys can pull the rabbit out of the hat again.

    Either way, I'll dual boot the new OS with my old one before even thinking of making it my main desktop.
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  • tvel
    I had no problems installing my 9.10 64 bit and I was surprised to read all the trouble you had.
    I'm using it for a month now with no problems at all.
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  • JimmiG
    Well, I've tried Ubuntu 9.04 previously, and it installed without a hitch on both my desktop and laptop systems.

    9.10 however just gives me a black screen when trying to use the bootable CD on my laptop. On my desktop system it installs fine, but doesn't detect my wireless adapter. 9.04 detected it automatically.

    I could probably fix both issues with patience, but it proves that Linux still isn't ready for desktop/laptop use, even though Linuxtremists have been claiming that for a decade.
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  • nevertell
    I've been using it since it went beta, and I haven't experienced any issues with the out-of-the box stuff. I do hate, the new media manager, I just want a tool to switch from alsa to PA when I want either gaming with wine or regular day-to-day use.
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