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    Ubuntu 11.10 i386 LiveUSB vs Knoppix & PCLinuxOS

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    If you are bored with Knoppix 6.7.1 LiveUSB, since it works so well,
    you might want to take a small challenge and try out Ubuntu 11.10.
    You can get a fast download of an iso from Ubuntu. You can also get
    a fast copy of Pendrive 1,2,3. Using Windows, you can make a fast
    Ubuntu LiveUSB with persistence this way. I used a 4 Gb USB, but there
    was 3 Gb available for persistence; a 2 Gb USB would likely be OK.

    If you have a 'proprietary' wifi, things may slow down at this point
    while Ubuntu tries to discover and install an appropriate driver. It
    finally found the correct Broadcom STA driver and installed same;
    however, it did not initially 'persist' as we say. It remained
    'persisted' only after a second, equally clumsy, driver install.
    Ubuntu has never got it right when it comes to the driver my Dell
    laptop requires. Ubuntu clones are even worse in this regard.
    Both Knoppix and PCLinuxOS do an effortless install of the required
    driver; for these two, you wouldn't know that might have been a problem.

    Finding accessory Ubuntu programs terminal and text editor initially
    is a real scavenger hunt. To make things worse, these really don't
    persist at all; they get lost at shutdown. This is a real nuisance.

    The Ubuntu screen landscape is a unique effort called 'Unity' to simplify
    things, which sort of misses the mark, IMO. One aspect of Unity
    tries to make all windows use the top panel to arrange all menus.
    This fails, embarrassingly when it comes to LibreOffice. Another
    aspect seeks to aggregate all program desktop icons in one task panel;
    however, the default size of these icons is much too large, and I
    haven't found how to change that yet.

    Gparted is in the default Ubuntu LiveUSB, but Synaptic isn't.
    Control-Alt-Backspace is de-activated by default; I'll miss that.
    Whatever Ubuntu's default passwords are, I haven't a clue.

    Ubuntu has a nice gui which allows you to select an option to disable
    touchpad during typing; I find that handy. With Knoppix & PCLinuxOS
    I usually disable the touchpad altogether; I favor a wireless mouse.

    Display parameters were correctly set by Ubuntu with no intervention
    on my part; video is crisp and colorful, same as for Knoppix. PCLinuxOS
    requires some help getting the display resolution right; a surprising
    but minor aberration in this otherwise excellent distribution.

    Ubuntu provides up-to-date LibreOffice and FireFox in the default
    install as, equivalently does Knoppix. PCLinuxOS makes adding
    LibreOffice a special case; it's not part of its default install.
    At one time LibreOffice installation in PCLinuxOS was, for me,
    somewhat difficult, but that is no longer the case.

    The overall impression of Ubuntu is that it doesn't like you to
    get behind its GUIs. Finding a terminal and some command-line
    access requires some fiddling, and all of Ubuntu's departures from
    most now-standard desktop conventions are IMO off-putting. Choices
    I'm sure were meant to be 'intuitive' seem to me just 'arbitrary'.

    In the small Linux LiveUSB world, Knoppix and PCLinuxOS are the best
    that I am aware of; Ubuntu is workable, but not in their league IMO.
    I've not found any LiveUSB clone of Ubuntu that I like at all.

    utu, 10/17/2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
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    If you are bored with Knoppix 6.7.1 LiveUSB, since it works so well,
    you might want to take a small challenge and try out Ubuntu 11.10.
    Ubuntu 11.10 is an alpha release, right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kl522 View Post
    Ubuntu 11.10 is an alpha release, right ?
    I don't think so.
    I think it has been thru' all that and this is 11.10 final.
    My comments are for the LiveUSB version, please note.
    Last edited by utu; 10-19-2011 at 03:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    I don't think so.
    I think it has been thru' all that and this is 11.10 final.
    My comments are for the LiveUSB version, please note.
    You are right. Some mirror sites are slow. They still have the older non-final versions.

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    I've used ubuntu 11.04 for a month or two and now have ubuntu 11.10 - pretty impressive application. However, thought I'd look around because:

    - I would prefer, when running linux from a USB stick to have the same screen look display on my desktop as my laptop - my desktop gets forced to unity with 11.04
    - With 11.10 it will run on my laptop, but so far not on my desktop
    - My right-side touchpad scroll does not work in either ubuntu 11.10 or 11.04

    Don't wish to blast ubuntu, really like it and the forums, but still because of the issues above, thought I'd look around a little.

    - With Knoppix 6.7 - my touchpad right-side scroll works (thank you)
    - So far haven't figured out how to install Firefox, but still looking - tried sudo apt-get install mozilla-firefox and that returned "Unable to locate packae mozilla-firefox" will check for typo on my part.

    The next thing I've tried to do with knoppix is change the digital clock settings - not sure where the parameters are documented - looking for 4 digit year.

    Knoppix seems to boot fast and thought I'd wander around a little and join the discussion to maybe learn the + and -

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denver Dave View Post
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    tried sudo apt-get install mozilla-firefox and that returned "Unable to locate packae mozilla-firefox" will check for typo on my part.
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    Thanks.
    Hi, Dave.
    In Knoppix 6.7.1, IceWeasel replaces Chromium.
    IceWeasel is essentially Firefox under the hood.
    Use Synaptic to install IceWeasel; also install flashplugin-nonfree if you want flash.

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    Thanks - with ubuntu 11 and mint 12 working on "improving" the interface, it is nice to be looking a distro that is consistent and runs the same way on different PCs.

    correction - previous thread - ubuntu on my desktop is forced to classic not unity.

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