I recently did a review of Ultimate Edition 2.8, a very large derivative of Ubuntu. Ultimate Edition 2.8 comes in more than one flavor though and this week I decided to take a look at Ultimate Edition 2.8 Gamers. Linux is not famous for gaming; gaming has actually been the Achilles heel of Linux. Ultimate Edition 2.8 Gamers strives to make gaming a bit more visible and accessible in Linux.
Before I get into the quick look, please note that since the emphasis is on gaming the UE developers have removed some of the software more commonly found in the regular version of Ultimate Edition. For example, OpenOffice.org is not included by default when you boot into your UE 2.8 Gamers desktop. It is, of course, still available for download so you can easily add it to your desktop if you want.
As with the regular edition of Ultimate Edition 2.8, I was not able to find a definitive list of what’s new. Here’s what I was able to find for the regular edition and for the gamers version.
What is Ultimate Edition 2.8? Ultimate Edition was built off Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. All updates fully updated / upgraded. The software you have came to love with previous editions of Ultimate Edition have been also pre-installed along with 12 new ones. I must apologise at time of build Cinelerra & wine doors were currently broken and did not make the cut.
I also want to apologise for the delay and at the same time thank my admin for the delay of Ultimate Edition 2.8?s release. Many issues have been squashed in 2.8 because of the delay. I do want to give a shout out to JohnnyG. Many were cosmetic, he has a real eye for detail and breaking things down to a programmers level. Thanks again JohnnyG. Cowboy’s handiwork at the theme has won the poll and will be deemed “Cowboy Blue”. This is not the end of the thanks that need to be dropped simply the tip of the iceberg. I would be chatter boxing all day to give the kudos where they lie. No, I do not do everything. Don’t like the blue theme? There are 107 themes to choose from, it does not have to be dark.
I have included a now enhanced, color and font selectable Conky script I wrote that will generate as per computer. The results of running the Conky script can be seen at the right. This script will be in your home folder when installed (your choice to run it or not). The script is commented if you wish to learn.
Ultimate Edition 2.8 Gamers is unlike any other gamers edition built in the past. Beyond the updates / upgrades many tools have been ripped out of Ultimate Edition 2.8 (the base of the release), prior to build to maximize room for additional games. In Ultimate Edition 2.8 Gamers you will not find Openoffice, we are here to play games right? This does not mean you will not have a media player, just the very basics & a vast quantity of high quality games. Hand picked by bnjamin_breeg & I. The newest PlayOnLinux (at time of build) is also included to allow installation of ® Windows based games and applications as seen above.
As I noted in the other review, I could not find a definitive list of system requirements. Here are the ones for generic Ubuntu:
700 MHz x86 processor
256 MB RAM
3 GB disk space
Graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 resolution
Network or Internet connection
I strongly recommend that you have at least 1 GB of RAM and 10GB of hard disk space (as well as a good video card) for this distro.
The install is very easy and quick. UE 2.8 Gamers uses a customized version of the Ubuntu installer. It’s slick and you can watch a customized Ultimate Edition slideshow while your install completes.
On the next page, I’ll cover the software & games included and I’ll share my final thoughts about this distro.Enjoy the blog? Feel free to leave a tip by buying me a cup of coffee. Thanks!
The release of Ubuntu 10.10 has insured that many derivative distros have also been updated. One of the less known but very useful ones is Pinguy OS 10.10. Pinguy OS takes generic Ubuntu 10.10 and adds quite a bit of additional software and value to it.
If you are totally unfamiliar with Pinguy OS, you might want to peruse the full review of the 10.04 version I did on Desktop Linux Reviews. You can also get more background on the distro from its creator on the Pinguy OS site.
These are hard times, and a lot of people are hurting financially. Jobs and money are hard to come by, and many folks are just getting by. It turns out that even your favorite distro developers could use a few bucks to help them keep churning out new & updated distros for desktop use.
A while back, I did a full review of Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.04 on Desktop Linux Reviews. This time around I’ll be covering the 10.10 version of that distro. The official name of this distro is simply “Sabily,” and this particular release is dubbed “Al Quds.” However, I have simply renamed it “Ubuntu Muslim Edition 10.10″ for this quick look, to make it easier for folks to know exactly what it is.
If you ever watched the movie “300” then you know that one of the supporting characters proclaims at one point that “…this is madness!” shortly before being fatally kicked into a deep, dark hole by one of the main characters.
That, I’m afraid, will soon be the fate of Ubuntu 11.04.
I recently wrote a review over on DLR of Ultimate Edition 2.8, a mega-distro that is packed with umpteen amounts of software. This time around, I thought I’d do a quick look of one of its polar opposites: Tiny Core Linux 3.2.
Tiny Core is…well…it’s freaking tiny. I mean really, really tiny! It weighs in at an incredibly petite 10 MB download. It’s clearly designed to give you a functional but totally minimalistic distro.
I just finished reading a fun and interesting book about Superman and his struggles with Hollywood. So I thought it fitting that I write one of this week’s Quick Looks about Super OS 10.10. No, Super OS is not from the planet Krypton and it’s not vulnerable to Kryptonite. It’s an Ubuntu remaster that takes the Ubuntu base on throws in a bunch of other software, drivers and codecs.
One might call it Super Ubuntu, but that probably would not please the folks at Canonical. It might invite unflattering comparisons between regular Ubuntu and Super OS, from those who prefer the latter to the former.
Every once in a while we hear that desktop Linux is dead and buried. A columnist at PC World recently pushed this hoary old chestnut in a column entitled “Desktop Linux: The Dream is Dead.”
I hate it when somebody regurgitates this stuff. It never changes and it’s never fair or accurate to desktop Linux. Most of it is simply spin, lies and distortions and it ought not to go unchallenged. Yet we see these presstitutes pushing this crap over and over again.
An updated version of Lubuntu was released last week, along with Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu. This release brings Lubuntu, along with the rest of the buntus, up to version 10.10. Lubuntu is a distro designed to provide a lightweight alternative to Ubuntu itself. Lubuntu uses the LXDE desktop environment.
Last week I reviewed Kubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 10.10 over on Desktop Linux Reviews. This week I wanted to look at Xubuntu 10.10. I decided to do a quick look rather than a full-blown DLR review because less has changed in Xubuntu than in the other two distro releases.
Sabayon Linux 5.0 was released about a year ago, and I did a review of it for Desktop Linux Reviews. Version 5.4 has just been released so I thought it was definitely worth a quick look to see what has been updated and if it’s worth checking out.
Sabayon Linux is based on Gentoo. Gentoo doesn’t have the most user-friendly reputation, but Sabayon Linux goes a very long way toward making Gentoo accessible to folks that want a well-configured desktop “out of the box.”
Here’s another review that Brian has written in the forum if you’re interested in Easy Peasy and Jolicloud. Brian outlines some of the differences between the two and shares his thoughts about the pluses and minuses of each distro. Here’s a brief snippet of the review: Hey, if there are any beginners, especially young beginners, [...]
Brian Masinick, one of our esteemed forum moderators and an all-around good guy, has done a great mini-review of Xubuntu 10.10 RC 1 in the forum. Check it out if you’re interested in Xubuntu. Here’s the intro: I downloaded Xubuntu 10.10 RC 1 just after it was announced, and I saved the ISO image on [...]
I’m writing new content for this blog now, but I wanted to draw your attention to some older Linux columns of interest that are hosted over on JimLynch.com. Here’s a list of links, I hope you enjoy these columns. They are oldies but goodies! Linux Mint’s Debian Delight! War of the Peppermint Gargantuas Amazon Kindle [...]
Peppermint Ice has a new release out today, so I decided to make it the inaugural Quick Look for Eye On Linux. Peppermint Ice, if you aren’t familiar with it, is a cloud-oriented distro based on Ubuntu. I did a full review of it on Desktop Linux Reviews, and also a column called War of the Peppermint Gargantuas that compared it to its sibling distro, Peppermint OS One.
Hi all! Welcome to the Eye On Linux blog. If you’ve found your way here, you might already be familiar with my other Linux blog; Desktop Linux Reviews. DLR is great for distro reviews, but it doesn’t work well for Linux commentary, roundups and application coverage. That’s what Eye On Linux is for, it will [...]