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New Video: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Review

Introducing: The best Ubuntu yet?

Since its release a month ago I have been testing Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the improvements in this version of my favorite distribution of Linux. It really is faster, better looking, and more feature-rich than ever. In this video review I give my thoughts about the operating system, and how it compares to Windows.

Click here to learn more about my experience with 10.04 as I join forces with OMG!Ubuntu! to give you linux lovers some more video content in the future…


  1. Kifa says:

    Great review! I agree with most of what you have said, and I’m too still using Pidgin – Empathy is not refined enough to substitute it, mainly because it has much problem supporting Gadu-Gadu – an IM network that is practically the only widespread network of this type in Poland, which renders the program literally useless to me… 😉

    About F-Spot – I personally dislike it, it’s a bit cumbersome and unintuitive for me. If I need to quickly apply some minor tweaks and/or cropping to an image, I prefer gThumb – it’s in the repo – and for everything else it’s still GIMP.

    As for video editing software – PiTiVi is great as a default and basic application, but aside from KDEnlive (which I honestly never tried out) there’s OpenShot, though it’s not in repo. Just saying. 😉

    Well, again, great review, please keep making those!

  2. compelledorphan says:

    Probably going to check out Mythbuntu now. Thanks!

  3. Tom says:

    Try banshee instead of rhythmbox.

    Haha you have no idea how lacking Linux was in video editing, the fact that you can do it at all is a huge improvement.

    @compelledorphan unless you understand how to set up MythTV and are planning on implementing a computer with DVR capability, just use Ubuntu, it is more than sufficient for “home entertainment.

    • Kifa says:

      Yes, but there is still no viable solution for capturing video from external sources, like gaming consoles. For this I still need to use Windows, because even as I’ve found a working capture card I can’t find software which will let me easily record what I want, and seting up MythTV is a pain in the butt. And Blackmagic cards, such as the one Nixie (probably) has (mentioned it on Twitter) are far too expensive for me…

        • Kifa says:

          As Cheese is designed to capture from webcams, it does not allow selecting particular inputs on the capture card (S-Video, Composite etc), plus it’s OGV realtime encoding gives videos with quality too low for reasonable editing and re-encoding afterwards. So no, Cheese is not an option here, because I need to capture directly from a console, not off-screen.

      • Tom says:

        I started using Linux exclusively about 5 years ago, but when I started college there were some programs I needed that required windows. So I ended up using gentoo on my desktop and Windows XP Pro on my laptop.

        As great as Linux is, there are just a few programs that make it really hard for me to use it exclusively. Those programs are Photoshop, MS Word, MS Excel, and Visual studio.

        So my advise if you want to capture video is to dual boot and get the best of both worlds. You can capture and edit video for your halo montages or W/e in windows, and do everything else in Linux.

        • Kifa says:

          That is exactly what I’m doing – I;m using Windows to get raw video from my grabber, and then I cut, assemble and encode it under Linux with OpenShot.

          As for programs you mentioned – I ditched MS Office years ago in favour of OpenOffice, and I’ve used it long before I even started to use Linux. The fact is that MSO is far too expensive for me to buy, plus I can see no differences in functionality I need, so there’s really no point. As for Photoshop – same as MSO, it is far too expensive for me, so I’m using only free and open source graphics editing software, be it GIMP for raster, Inkscape for vector or Blender/Wings3D for raytracing. Again – I fail to see why those commercial applications are so necessary?

  4. Dave says:

    Solid review. Now stop being coy and just marry me already.

  5. Harley says:

    Ouch! The knives are certainly out at OMG! Ubuntu! Just reading those comments made me quite sad for you, I hope you have thick skin. I guess you can’t please all the people all the time, but personal attacks are uncalled for. Who knew that geeks were so territorial and anti-women?

    I hope it doesn’t put you off making videos, especially Ubuntu ones. I look forward to seeing more.

  6. kikin81 says:

    Great video

  7. Kifa says:

    Just checked out those comments and… I’m not entirely supprised, but still it’s just plainly sad, to say the least. But a bunch of frustrated nerds who apparently never saw a woman before shouldn’t put you off tracks and you should keep making your videos regardless of what they wrote there, because the fact is – many of my friends heard about Nixie Pixel and her open-source promotion, but NOONE ever heard about OMG!Ubuntu!. And after this they certainly will not want to hear about them at all.

    As for the supposedly offensive sexual themes (I fail to see them, but oh well) – next time you may try to record a special version of video in which you are wearing a monk’s frock. With a hood. I wonder what would be their arguments then? 😉

  8. Neoreloaded says:

    Great video Nixie. Its cool that there is a nicer theme than orange thats there right out of the box.

    Im not sure about the cloud storage though – There must be a back end to that feature and if so what is to stop admin snooping through your stuff it must go on.

    I just wish adobe master collection cs5 would come out for Linux.

  9. wavesmack says:

    this is a general inquiry about moving your training to a higher platform. We are interested in you for some up coming training videos at

    this would be a commercial gig for you. send me an email when you get the chance.


  10. Mike says:

    Will I be able to update from 9.04 to 10.04 without first upgrading to 9.10?

    • hmm says:

      update from 9.04 to 10.04 9.10

      ” Upgrade | Ubuntu
      You can directly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS from Ubuntu 9.10 or from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (see upgrade notes). Be sure that you apply all updates to your …

      i’ve also noticed a “upgrade to 10” button or similar in synaptic (or whatever add-remove is), so i infer that u10 is designed to cleanly install over u9.04

  11. Artie says:

    I am 3 days into Ubuntu 10.04 and thanks to your video’s….I have mostly everything the same as I did when I was running Windows 7. I will continue to watch your new releases to learn more. Thank you for sharing…that is sexy.

  12. Want some wine to go with that? 🙂

    It’s a special edition of a known Portuguese wine brand. I’ve been working with Gnu/Linux for 15 years and this is the first time I can drink a distro 🙂

  13. mulenmar says:

    Great review! I agree about the “Me” menu — but then again, I don’t even use the social networking integration. I’m quite happy using the web interface, it’s what I’ve always us-


  14. hangdawg says:

    have you tried Ultimate Edition 2.2 yet

  15. hoxbead says:

    You are doing great, Nixie. Those haters leaving mean-spirited and unrelated comments @ OMG Ubuntu are grumps with no sense of humor. Like my old boss used to say, “Don’t let the Bastards get you down.”

    IMO, the most helpful content is intro ‘how-to’ stuff presented in a non-threatening and accessible fashion. You know this audience and it is here is where you can be successful. Keep up the good work and you’ll be getting more eyeballs than you’ll know what to do with.

    P.S. You belong in SF– you made it this far west already 😉

  16. DarkRedman says:

    That’s a nice video review of the last Ubuntu version ! I love it, I already tried it (I use Ubuntu since 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, but I got a heavy problem on Ubuntu installation the last time, I will try again !

  17. ax0cfg says:

    After seeing this review i tried it hoping that ubuntu had improved since version 8. in the begining it was nice but after awhile i started to notice alot of performance issues with my laptop lagging when doing simple tasks like browsing and viewing videos on ytube. so i dropped ubuntu and went for fedora, which i feel is better ;p

  18. oe says:

    Excellent video, I’ll have to send this link to those who seem doubtful when you give them a LiveCD after they’ve been griping about malware, registry rot, spyware, and other issues from the Redmond OS. Programmers and hobbyists who remember PEEK and POKE don’t need much convincing when they see the UNIX/GNU tools underneath all modern-nice-polish but the rest are skeptical when you hand them a LiveCd of free (“if it’s free, it’s gotta be cheap and crappy stuff…..”) software to preempt the complaining.

  19. Matt says:

    What about gaming? Do you use wine with steam or use windows for games?

  20. Dave M says:

    Thank You Nixie,
    I am a noob to Linux, while I had originally intended to install Fedora, as it is close to Red Hat, I have decided to cut my teeth on Ubuntu as the package seems friendlier and more complete for a newbie. I was still downloading the image when I found your install tutorial and viewed it. I hope that you have more videos on Ubuntu as I learn best with a lecture followed by reading and hands on.
    Best Regards,

  21. Nobody says:

    We use Pidgin at work and there are a couple of features it lacks that would really make it more useful. First, you can’t invite a whole group to a chat at once, you have to invite members one by one. Second, the addition of screen sharing (w/Audio) would be awesome. Showing someone something is sometimes far, far more effective then telling them about it.

  22. mark says:

    i have ubuntu 11.04 and it did crashed when i compiz it please help

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