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Tectonic's First look: Ubuntu Dapper Drake Beta

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It was with both excitement and trepidation that I downloaded Ubuntu Dapper Drake's beta release last night and started testing it this morning. Usually I try and get in there with the flight CDs, but as I become more conservative in my old age -- and downtime is less and less of an option -- I decided to wait for the beta on this one.

First impressions last, and my first impression was pretty good. I started with an Acer Aspire 3620 laptop with a 1.5Ghz Celeron M processor and 512MB RAM, trying the live CD. The live and install CD now comes as one -- a real bonus for us South Africans with severely limited bandwidth. Even at a little over 600MB, the download pretty much finished off my bandwidth for the month.

The combo CD is, I believe, definitely the way to go. For new users, they can try the system out before committing to the install. Once they do commit, they get the benefit of a real graphical user interface while installing. This isn't only more convenient in my opinion - it also makes a much better first impression on new users.

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