Ultimate Edition 2.8

Earlier this week I wrote a quick look over on EOL about Super OS 10.10. Super OS…well…it didn’t exactly live up to its name, though it does have its place among the many Ubuntu remasters out there. I ran into another distro though that does a more credible job of living up to its name. Ultimate Edition 2.8 is the latest release of yet another Ubuntu-based distro.

As you can tell by the name, there’s very little about Ultimate Edition that’s subtle. It could rightfully be described as Ubuntu on steroids, lots and lots and lots of steroids. This distro is on so many steroids that this is the first time I’ve actually been scared to write a review of a distro, roid rage and all that. Heh.

The Live DVD Desktop

The Live DVD Desktop

Before I get into the review, let me do a little housekeeping. I’ve shrunk the screenshots a tad bit so they aren’t quite as overwhelming to the text, and I’ve added a breadcrumb trail to the images on the gallery page. So you can easily find your way back to the first page of the review if you happen to be browsing screenshots. Each screenshot now has a caption displayed within the review. So if you’re somebody that likes to hop to the image gallery page and browse around, you’ll be in good shape.

Okay, now on with the review.

What’s New In This Release
In the last review I wrote about Ultimate Edition, I decried the lack of a real What’s New page on the UE site. Well, I’m sorry to say that there still isn’t anything really helpful available to list all of the changes in this release. Here’s what I was able to dig up though, for whatever it’s worth.

What is Ultimate Edition 2.8?  Ultimate Edition was built off Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.  All updates fully updated / upgraded.  The software you have came to love with previous editions of Ultimate Edition have been also pre-installed along with 12 new ones.  I must apologise at time of build Cinelerra & wine doors were currently broken and did not make the cut.

I also want to apologise for the delay and at the same time thank my admin for the delay of Ultimate Edition 2.8?s release.  Many issues have been squashed in 2.8 because of the delay.  I do want to give a shout out to JohnnyG. Many were cosmetic, he has a real eye for detail and breaking things down to a programmers level.  Thanks again JohnnyG.  Cowboy’s handiwork at the theme has won the poll and will be deemed “Cowboy Blue”.  This is not the end of the thanks that need to be dropped simply the tip of the iceberg.  I would be chatter boxing all day to give the kudos where they lie.  No, I do not do everything.  Don’t like the blue theme?  There are 107 themes to choose from, it does not have to be dark.

I have included a now enhanced, color and font selectable Conky script I wrote that will generate as per computer. The results of running the Conky script can be seen at the right. This script will be in your home folder when installed (your choice to run it or not). The script is commented if you wish to learn.

I urge the UE developers to take the time and do a page similar to the What’s New that Linux Mint puts out each time they do a release. It’s a big help to reviewers and users alike, since it makes it easy to know what has been changed or added since the last release.

If you aren’t familiar with the changes made to generic Ubuntu in 10.10, please see the Ubuntu 10.10 review. I don’t want to rehash all of that in this review.

Hardware Requirements & Installation

Hardware Requirements
I was unable to find a list of hardware requirements on the UE site, so I’ll sub the generic Ubuntu ones:

700 MHz x86 processor

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Comments

  1. Carling says

    I most be the oldest Ultimate Edition user in the world @ 69yrs young, I just love it. I have tried the rest and finish up coming back to the best. there ever is, Yes there are bits about it I don't like, lets face it. if you like what you have then you can put up with the bits you don't like.

    My favourite distros are UE, Linux Mint, LMDE Sabayon and Pardus

  2. justin says

    Ultimate Edition 2.8 is awesome i love it. But when i watch videos on you tube or some thing like that when i turn to full screen it stops playing what do i do

  3. says

    Thanks, Jim…

    Giving it a try.

    Prev versions have been the least-hassle distros I've used-

    Everything works.

    (Having to re-engineer the making of tires and fitting steering wheels to new cars before being able to use them isn't what most non-Linux drivers expect.)

  4. gian says

    This will be my first time touse this kind of wow good looking Ubuntu OS…I already downloaded the iso file which is 2.4G of file and try to used it in my Netbeans 6.9 application…Thanks to Linux UBuntu…

  5. chipps61 says

    This is a pretty spot-on review of U.E. in just about every way. Kudos. I've been using U.E. since 2.6, and have found zero need to go back to distro-hopping or my old rock of choice, Mint. I would agree however about the lack of information and general usefulness of the distro's web site itself. This distribution is very worth a look if you're into the whole all-in-one thing and the most tweaked Ubuntu on the planet. Don't like the theme? I had my 2.8 theme tweaked (and yes, toned down) to my liking in about 10 minutes.

  6. Beelzebud says

    Timothy wrote:

    Sorry, no matter how much you try to improve on any version of Linux, Windows 7 Eternity is still better.

    I tried loading your inferior program, it stuffed up my partitions, destroyed W7 and I lost 794GB of data.

    I would not try Linux if it was the only program left.

    Id rather use Windows 95 then use Linux.

    Don't blame Linux because you failed to read the documentation that would have kept you from nuking your entire hard drive. That is no one's fault but your own. Linux is not Windows. You have to be willing to learn about the differences if you plan on successfully running it. Popping in the LiveCD and clicking Next a bunch of times gives you the results you got. Next time, try doing a little research.

  7. Timothy says

    Sorry, no matter how much you try to improve on any version of Linux, Windows 7 Eternity is still better.

    I tried loading your inferior program, it stuffed up my partitions, destroyed W7 and I lost 794GB of data.

    I would not try Linux if it was the only program left.

    Id rather use Windows 95 then use Linux.

  8. MInet says

    Very nice review!

    Thanks for sharing your impressions about UE 2.8.

    I’m using this distro since 2.4 edition and love it!!

    This distro is the most complete from all Linux distros that you can find on Distrowatch.You have a huge choice of every software that you need plus is very stable and well polished.

    Their big plus is the way how they set-up all applications which is very easy to access them.With heavy compiz presents all over the desktop which only helps to switch from one window to another,even my 5 years old daughter can easily use it!

    Also UE can pleased both Gnome and KDE users after installation of Live CD.Really for me is how Linux should looks like and be fun to use it!!

    I wish to UE long and happy way to the Top of Linux distros.

  9. Dylan says

    I must admit I don't like the looks and theming of the distro and if I did install this I would probably spend hours uninstalling software I don't need or want.

    For me even Ubuntu includes a good deal of software I don't need or want but the theming is alot nicer.

    I don't want to be mean or anything, just my opinion is all. Everyone has their own view on it! :)

  10. Scrubby Creek says

    I think this is a good review. I have tried UE last year but did not stick with it for a number of reasons mainly to do with the overwhelming mass of stuff and unsubtle aesthetics (its in your face :devil: ). So in the end I figured the amount of work in getting it right for me was more trouble than altering the normal Ubuntu desktop to what I want.

    I also agree with the website comments. It is not encouraging for new users. But I get the impression that the developers don't give a brass razoo about that anyway. I think they want to just blow all the others distros out of the water! I respect their attitude I must admit.

    Regards, Scrubby.

  11. Josh says

    I find UE to be a bit too much OS. Yes, its cool looking. Yes, it has a lot of stuff with it. Who really needs everything this distro comes with though? No disrespect intended — just an opinion. :)

    I prefer minimal systems that don't get in the way of what I'm trying to do on the computer. Most of my computers are older, and I'm sure that has something to do with my decision. The most powerful machine I have is a 10.2" netbook with a 160GB HDD and 2GB RAM, and regular old Ubuntu seems to run just fine on that (though, sometimes, its too bloated for what I do).

    Humor a less bloated approach: antiX, #!Crunchbang, SliTaz, ArchLinux, or Lubuntu (though Lubuntu is pushing it as its just Ubuntu with LXDE instead of GNOME). Flashy, bloated eye candy doesn't get your work done any faster and doesn't get your Internet browser loaded quicker. It gets in the way more than anything.

    Just a few thoughts. :) Goodnight all!

    –J :devil:

  12. MInet says

    Very nice review !http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/wp-content/plugins/smilies-themer/Nomicons%20v2.0/tongue.png
    Thanks for sharing your impressions about UE 2.8.

    I'm using this distro since 2.4 edition and love it!!

    This distro is the most complete from all Linux distros that you can find on Distrowatch.You have a huge choice of every software that you need plus is very stable and well polished.

    Their big plus is the way how they set-up all applications which is very easy to access them.With heavy compiz presents all over the desktop which only helps to switch from one window to another,even my 5 years old daughter can easily use it!

    Also UE can pleased both Gnome and KDE users after installation of Live CD.Really for me is how Linux should looks like and be fun to use it!!

    I wish to UE long and happy way to the Top of Linux distros. :tongue:

  13. distro dad says

    I started using Thee Mahn's Ultimate Editions with version 1.9 and have loved everyone of them as he has advanced with his work to now. I am not a contradictor as I realize we all have different uses and hardware. I am running with a dual core amd, 8 gigs ram, and decent nvidia card. I have a virtual box set up with 13 different OS's and can run two at a time use

    compiz with multiple apps open and the response is fantastic! (64 bit)

    I started with a modem and dial up so the installed software was a godsend and even though I am now blessed with satellite, everything seems to work out of the box and this distro exposes new users to all the available

    software on Linux so they can pick and choose what meets their needs or likes. Thee really puts it together and while I don't like the harsh blue

    myself, it was easy enough to set up like I like! the artwork and graphics are always outstanding and the choices are many! Try this distro!

  14. benQ says

    Nice review.

    However, SuperOS is not Ubuntu on steroids. It's Ubuntu with far too much luggage and a very very ugly theme. That said, it's a perfect spin for testing out every relevant piece of multimedia software that you may want to use. It's a showcase-distro. And it's good at this.

    And, oh my god is this theme UGLY. They deserve a price for it, because I had tears in my eyes due to lack of contrast, color-swapping and gradients that bleed into other gradients. You know, if you work a lot in front of a screen, your eyes generally get to dry because you blink to seldomly. NOT with this theme !

    P.S.: Yes the theme is ugly and I do know that it's only a few clicks to change it.

  15. says

    An excellent and honest review. Good work.

    I've been running on Ultimate Edition 2.7 since it came out and highly recommend it. This is a very robust distro for power users. New users, however, may find it a bit overwhelming, but a great way to experience much of what the open source community has to offer in one neat, clean package.

    Thanks again for the review.

    — The Doctor

    Administrator

    Amarillo Linux Users Group

  16. hotidiggettydog says

    I agree with prokokok.

    Installing a 700 mb distro involves a lot of downloads to get it setup with needed extras. Not all of us have available bandwidth for this.

    Not that I can download Ultimate at home but I can download it at a hotel or buy a dvd online.

    I wished there were more of these mega-distros.

  17. prokokok says

    This distro is perfect for pc's with slow internet connection where it's easier to remove unwanted applications than to install them. This is the reason why Ultimate Edition is my distro of choice at home where internet is painfully slow.

  18. Brian Masinick says

    Wow, what a MONSTER! If I had more room, or if I decide to make room, maybe I will give it a try. I tend to like one or two distributions available on opposite ends of the spectrum. I have Tiny Core, SliTAZ, antiX core, and Puppy (with both antiX and Puppy in a couple of flavors), so I have the minimalist end well covered. I have a lot more ISO images on CDs and DVDs for any time that I want or need something small.

    I've installed pretty full featured Mandrake and SUSE distributions in years past, and I've installed pretty much the entire distributions, so I've had full systems, but right now, probably the two fullest distributions that I have at the moment are aptosid and the Mandriva Cooker. Neither one of them, at least the way I've set them up, have as many applications as you've described here, though they both probably have more window managers, desktop environments, text editors, and Web browsers than the Ultimate Edition does because that is where I tend to focus most of my testing attention.

    I like blue, and I often use it in some of my themes and wallpapers. The login display looks OK, and maybe it is just the thumbnail images, but the dark blue on some of the installation and configuration screens, at least to me, looks much LESS attractive than the job that Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu (and also a derivative, Easy Peasy) have done in their efforts. The Linux Mint that you like (and I don't care for), also does, at least based on your images, a much better artistic job. But I suppose that this is a Macho kind of system, so perhaps strong, bordering on overpowering, is the desired effect. It wouldn't be for me; I'd probably change that art work at the earliest convenience to something a bit milder and less intrusive. The desktop, while I may want to look at it for five or ten seconds, is not where I do things; the applications are what interest me, and if I didn't change that desktop background, I would almost certainly maximize each application!

    You touched on one of the drawbacks of overloading a system with software – and that is responsiveness or the lack of it. Just installing software alone won't necessarily slow down the overall system, but it may slow down the task bar menu selection, sometimes significantly, if the menus are huge.

    I haven't decided yet on whether or not to give this one a whirl. I was about to take a quick peek at Vector Linux 7.0 CORE, Alpha Build 3 in a virtualbox. Maybe later on.

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