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Ubuntu 9.10: Should I Upgrade? A Review

written by: KateG•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 11/18/2009

If you want to learn about the newest version of Ubuntu, then this review can give you the basics. Then you can make a decision about upgrading.

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    If you thinking about getting your Ubuntu version upgraded to version 9.10 then you need to consider if the new version's features are the ones that you want and need. But, before you get into the features lets talk about some of the core.

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    Performance

    Ubuntu 9.10 has enough of the power and flexibility that you want in order to run all of your applications. However, you have to consider that this performance will depend on your hardware set up. Less powerful set up will have poorer performance, while more powerful systems will have better performance. Check out the test system specifications below.

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    Graphics

    This operating system is pretty enough and it handles most DVD’s well enough. Just don’t expect too much in the way of HD, but only the people who are obsessed with HD are going to notice this on a PC screen. It will not be much of a hurdle for an average user.

    Now that is out of the way we can get to the new features.

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    New Features

    Easy install

    You can get your hands onto installed Ubuntu is only six steps. Nice and easy.

    E-migration

    If you want to move your files to Ubuntu from another Linux flavor or Windows, the Migration Assistant can help you to transfer the files.

    Encryption

    If you want to keep your data safe--encryption is the way to go. You will see that you can choose your own encryption levels during the install.

    Software Center

    Finding and installing software can be a pain. Few people are willing to argue that. The software center will make your life much easier. It is kind of a one stop shop for software. You can search by category, and install everything very simply. The search feature is really handy.

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    All in all you should give Ubuntu 9.10 a try. It has better performance, capable graphics handling and some cool new features, all of which will please you greatly. Just be sure to back up your data before you upgrade. Some user are reporting loss of data, and it is always better to be safe then it is to be sorry.

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    Test Machine Specs

    Intel® Celeron® Processor 420(1.6GHz, 512KB cache, 800MHz FSB)

    Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 7050

    Memory: 3072MB DDR2

    Hard Drive: 320GB SATA

    Optical Drive : 16x DVD±R/RW Supermulti driveWrite max: 16x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD±R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RWRead max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROM

    Video: Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 7050 graphics