Juju. Juju is going to be huge. https://juju.ubuntu.com/
"Formerly called Ensemble, juju is DevOps DistilledTM. Through the use of charms (renamed from formulas), juju provides you with shareable, re-usable, and repeatable expressions of DevOps best practices. You can use them unmodified, or easily change and connect them to fit your needs. Deploying a charm is similar to installing a package on Ubuntu: ask for it and it’s there, remove it and it’s completely gone."
I have no idea what juju is.
Basically instead of configuring machines you say "I want wordpress" or "I want cassandra". People have been using the term "apt for the cloud".
Here's a quick demo (out of date, but the idea is the same): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8IKkWJj7bA
Ubuntu is basically Debian with a bunch of extra stuff you neither want or need on a server. Such as X11.
As such, it makes sense to use the same environment in production. You have less surprises that way and you also learn to configure the server just from day to day maintenance of your own laptop. And some things are the same in Debian and Ubuntu, but some things are different.
Regardless, Debian is awesome, and its heritage is one reason why I love Ubuntu.
Until I figured it out: it's an iframe. Brilliant for a demo, kudos to the team for the idea and implementation.
Naturally, I'm posting this from inside the demo. :)
Edit: You can also read and write (but not send) emails in Thunderbird, and emails you write show up in the "Sent" box.
An OEM with a newer processor and an SSD should be able to hit 8 hours easily.
It could be a buggy BIOS for all I know but we could still do better. Thus, an OEM option where _everything works_ would definitely be nice.
the fan thing is a problem for me too, but it doesn't get crazy loud.
Also check if you have the latest BIOS from Acer. Latest version is 1.28 I think.
Too bad the display is terrible.
It's a topic for a separate rant but it's a shame no other hw manufacturer has stepped up to offer build quality along the lines of apple's unibodies.
But in a month's time, this is definitely going on my lappy.
There are two things that I can't stand about it on a real laptop:
1)When you maximize files folders, and it seems it is default, the desktop icons occlude the links on the file browser, and is SO UGLY.
2)My laptop hangs when I try to restore compiz with --restore. I really miss the 3d cube.
So I'm downloading fedora or anything that makes it usable again.
Good luck with that - Fedora uses GNOME 3 by default.
It seems the only WM I'm personally happy with nowadays is XFCE.
Install Ubuntu. Let that be your first impression. I'm sure it will fit your screen.
Why? What's the purpose of sending "Granny Smith" to that demo? She going to be really excited about the new OS and install it herself? Even if you do, she emails you and says it didn't work, so you...do what you did before. Live cd? Have a discussion with her? Let her try yours?
The online demo is not the only method of trying the OS. It's really not even a true method. It's a marketing tool. Not something you would send Granny Smith.
My point? The online demo isn't the end-all of the Ubuntu preview. Stop treating it like it is.
Finally, ask yourself, am I making good points or trying desperately to win an internet argument.
(Here, I use the term 'power user' to mean e.g. anyone who has looked at the device manager in Windows.)
What the tour is demoing doesn't come into it.
Release early, realease often.
Most potential users don't go through the effort of downloading and running a live cd/usb. The web demo is a major hook, it just needs a couple iterations to be perfected. That is the way of the open source.
You viewed the demo with the intention of checking out the OS. This isn't the only way to check out an OS. In fact, this method is relatively the first of its kind. The first time you probably ever saw a demo like this. It doesn't work so you give up on any other method? Screenshots? Live CD? Writeups on blogs. You know, all the ways you normally "tour" an OS. And ultimately you give up on the OS entirely? Any SERIOUS potential user will find other ways of checking out the OS. Like we've done with every other OS in the past.
I can't believe you're actually arguing this point.
Return to default zoom (Ctrl/Cmd+0) and it works fine.
This is way cooler, it just works.
Yea, it's a lot of effort, but I think it's worth it.
Preinstalled, with lots of applications, and easy to use.