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Ubuntu 7.04 and Compiz Fusion on an Acer 3680 Laptop – A Review

1.5 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Intel Corp. Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Video Card. Dual boots with Ubuntu and Windows Vista.

Ubuntu detected all the hardware but the Atheros AR5BXB63 wireless card. Installing the Windows driver with NDIS Wrapper didn’t seem to work, so I just pop in an Orinoco Silver and wireless works fine.


Compiz Fusion, screens are dynamic and flexible. This full screen window is pulled down from the top to see the windows behind it.


This is the Shift-Switcher. The reflections are awesome. It flicks between windows very smoothly.


Transparency is very high quality even on non Nvidia cards. This laptop uses an Intel Corp. Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Video Card.


Windows stick to the edges and bend when you push them.


The desktop cube rotates smoothly and precisely. In Compiz Fusion the cube has a nice reflection. Windows look sharp wrapped around the corners.


The Compiz Fusion Expo plugin lets you see all desktops one one screen. You can move windows from one desktop to another and then click on the desktop to switch to it. It has awesome reflections.


Paint/draw with fire on the screen – awesome eye candy.


The Gnome desktop is highly configurable and looks sharp with menu shadows.


Google Earth runs very nicely on Ubuntu Linux. The shot is a 3D, tilted view of my neighborhood.


Ubuntu easily recognizes a Windows network and UPnP devices (in this case a freeNAS freeBSD Server with movies, music and Linux distros.) The freeNAS boots from a compact flash and currently has one 160 GB drive.


Ubuntu has a big list of printer drivers and was setup to print to a Samsung ML-1710 printer hooked up to a Windows XP machine in a few minutes. It actually prints better than the Windows drivers.


By installing Xnest, you can use XDMCP protocol in Linux Terminal Server Client to connect to another Linux Machine as an X client. This picture shows a login to another Ubuntu machine – Ubu-Beryl. Multiple users can log in to the same machine at the same time with their own desktop. It runs very smoothly.


Terminal Server Client logging in to another Ubuntu using XDMCP. Works very quickly and reliably.


Succesful XDMCP X login to another Ubuntu PC.


Terminal Server Client also works flawlessy when connecting to Window using RDP. The Ubuntu taskbar is hidden to see the whole Windows screen.


I use pyNeighborhood to help me make Samba connections. It is easy to manage files using Midnight Commander (MC, Ncurses).


Ubuntu announces when there are updates.


Imagine all those coders – tweaking source for a stable and smooth computing experience. Linux is the best and Ubuntu is my favorite desktop distro.


Regular updates, Linux code is tight and peer reviewed. Awesome…


You can change the root user password so you don’t have to use ‘sudo’ to do things in root all the time. This gives you a traditional ‘root’ account on Ubuntu. You can also see the partitions of the laptop in Gparted. Sda1 is the laptop recovery partition. Sda2 and sda3 are the Windows Vista side of the laptop. The rest is Linux. This machine boots into Linux first.


Disk Usage Analyzer gives a nice view and a lot of detail about disk and folder usage. Notice how the /mnt foler show the space in use on the freeNAS. This is the folder where the NAS mounts.


The Compiz (Fusion) Config Manager lets you adjust a lot of settings. The eye candy is superior to Windows Vista.


A screenshot showing a login to IPCop which I use as my gateway/firewall.


I am running trixbox in the free VMWare Server – it works perfectly. The version of trixbox is the version from I carry around two Grandstream 101 IP Phones and use it for demos.