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Latest flavour of Linux could point the way to the desktop

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Every year, I am surprised at the pace of advances in Linux distributions. Just when I thought things couldn't get better, along comes Mark Shuttleworth and his Ubuntu distribution. It's quite frankly astonishing.

Having interviewed the South African philanthropist a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try downloading the latest version of Ubuntu, the very much work-in-progress Dapper Drake Flight 5, and see why Ubuntu has surpassed Fedora and Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) as the number one distribution out there according to linuxwatch.com.

Dapper installed on a new Sempron 64 box with a budget Asus K8V-MX motherboard without the need to download any obscure drivers or set any weird XFree (graphics) settings. This particular motherboard is a PCI-Express motherboard and has an integrated GeForce 6-series graphics core in the chipset, which I thought would take ages to configure. But I was wrong. It detected everything automatically and it worked without a hitch.

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