Ultimate Edition 3.5

Final Thoughts & Who Should Use It
It’s clear that minimalists should stay far, far away from Ultimate Edition 3.5. This distro is basically their worst nightmare come true.

However, those who consider themselves maximalists will love Ultimate Edition 3.5. I don’t know how many of you there are out there, but this distro was designed totally for you.

And this is one of the things I really like about Linux. There’s a distro for everybody, including those want everything and the kitchen sink thrown into their desktop operating system.

Even if you’re not a maximalist, it might be fun to give Ultimate Edition 3.5 a try, just to see what it’s like.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced Linux users can use Ultimate Edition 3.5. Beginners might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of applications, however. So bear that in mind if you are new to Linux, and aren’t familiar with some of the apps you see in Ultimate Edition 3.5.

What’s your take on this distro? Tell me in the comments below. Visit Eye On Linux for Linux commentary; visit JimLynch.com for other technology coverage.

Summary Table:

Product:Ultimate Edition 3.5
Web Site:http://ultimateedition.info 
Pros:Comes with an enormous range of software, uses the KDE desktop environment. There are other desktop environments included as well.
Cons:It’s a very large download, and the amount of software might be overkill for some users.

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31 thoughts on “Ultimate Edition 3.5

  1. Linux ultimte these days is crap. the developers have completely lost the plot. it’s over-the-top, it does all the things you don’t want it to – like the screensaver which is impossible to switch-off.

    This development team really needs to rethink the way they design their operating systems.
    They’re becoming a joke.
    When developers of all other linux systems is making improvements, ultimate is getting steadily further away from what people want.
    All ultimate systems must surely be full of file errors – these systems hang and hang and hang ……

    Come on boys, give us a usable system instead of this crap.

    1. Auch ich bin nicht begeistert, beim Instalieren finktioniert schon mal garnichts.Der Bootsplash läuft und läuft, nach 1,5 Stunden habe ich die Instalation abgebrochen. Auch ein zweiter Versuch blieb bis zum Bootsplash hängen. Alles in allem 2 Stunden und eine DVD vergeudet.
      So ein Scheiss brauch kein Mensch, besser man schustert sich selbst eine vernünftige Desktop Umgebung.

  2. I would like to both thank you the reviewer & those of you that posted your kind comments. It is this that drives me to make the best Operating System that I can, it is also why I pull out my hair coding new software to share with the public.

    Thanks again, TheeMahn

    1. Why do you always use dark sinister colors on your systems?
      Is there something you’re not telling us?
      Task bars that are black – with the text also in black – very intelligent!
      Come on theemahn, give is a system that’s fault-free for a change – and one that doesn’t hang on every mouse click.

      1. Perhaps a choice of desktop themes available at install time would include lighter, brighter options? I love this product, and TheeMahn is one of The Good Guys. He definitely deserves respect for all his efforts. Thanks for UE!

  3. I tried 3.5 and it seemed to have more applications I didn’t want then ones that I did. This seems like a OS specified for me (IT Guy, does everything from HTML / Javascript to gaming). I guess my grief is it’s very bloated with stuff i’ll never use and the lack of releasing all their packages/applications makes me very weary. So far Been with Linux Mint from 13 up to 15 now and 15 is fantastic. Everything I want, and where I want it.

  4. I cannot seem to get UE 3.5 to boot- neither DVD nor USB? I checked MD5, as well. Any ideas?

    Also- can someone help me to get my account here working properly? If I click “login”, top-right of the main page first, it leads me to a WordPress login screen & won’t accept the DLR details. At some point, I managed a work-around & made it to the “new discussion” screen, only to be met with a blank, purple area instead of a box to type in? I can’t even recall now how I did it- but I was able to use my DLR login details when I did it. Jim, can you please email me & let me know what I can do? I even tried FF, Chrome, & Opera.


    Linux Mint 9

  5. about time you did a review on the OzUnity BlackOpal64 and it is based on Ubuntu12.04. it is made by the guys at Ultimate Edition OZ………. this can be found at http://www.ultimateeditionoz.com. OzUnity have released 3 OS now and the 4th one will come out in a couple of months

  6. I use Ultimate Edition for 3yrs now, I test/play with all OS out there, but UE is my main OS, along with BlackOpal64 made by the guys at UEoz . UE 2.6 /3.4 / 3.5 are made from Ubuntu 10.04/12.04 LTS ……. These UE versions are rock solid , I run 3 HP Pavillion laptops and 2 HP D/T . i haver also installed on thinkpads, Acer inspire, and Toshiba . I love having so many options to choose from, i play with different apps, find what i like and REMOVE the ones i don’t. I find this easier than searching for apps to add !
    I also like having compiz 3D already setup and my graphics and wireless run straight out of the box !
    UE is the SHOWCASE for What Ubuntu can DO !!!

    oh by the way if you goto the UE site and install ultamatix you have 100’s of themes and wallpapers to choose from, along with an awful lot more Apps
    TheeMahn is a genius coder, if you look around the site and forum you will find lots of Apps he has written

  7. Ok found out what happened.. I went to the Oz site and it says the UE site is experience technical difficulties. No time frame when it will be up and running again.. This site supports all OS even the UE.. I have joined that site as well..

      1. Ya it is. I have it installed, but haven’t been to their fourm in a while..Hope their up again soon, as this is the ony Linux distro I have liked in a long time.

  8. I run a stripped down version of Linux Mint 13 Xfce on a couple of computers. I get updates every couple of days even though I have removed more packages than I have installed. Compared to Windows, of course, the updates are only a trivial nuisance because they never require a re-boot and I’m glad to know that my computer is being kept secure. However, it seems to me that it would be a major annoyance to be constantly updating an Ubuntu-derived distro with something like 150 user applications on top of the operating system, libraries, etc.

  9. Are there any development tools that comes pre-installed with this distro? That is something I am still looking for: a distro with all/most of my development tools pre-installed. I would really consider Ultimate Edition if it had most of these already instead of me having to spend more than a few hours installing everything I need.

    1. Yes, sorry I did not include them in the software list. My mistake on that:

      Web Development
      Qt 4 Assistant, Designer and Creator

  10. This is so buggy and annoying to use on my computer.

    The desktops won’t show up or if they do, they’re just ugly.

    And the fact it has so many processes running it slows everything down

  11. Using Ultimate for a couple of years now and 3.5 is Top! It’s like having your workshop next to your house or your toolbox always near when needed. You can produce almost anything, music, video, website, etc. from scratch or not and you always have the right tool for the job, Awesome!!!

      1. There sure is something for everybody – like screensavers that won’y switch-off and graphics drivers that don’t recognise my monitor.
        Why is linux ultimate the ONLY linux system that can’t recognise my monitor?

        I suggest the linux ultimate developers haven’t got a clue what they’re doing – for a kick-off they’ve stolen someone else’s work and have claimed it to be THEIR creation.
        Ubuntu stinks. Why use the crap ubuntu shell in any case? There’s better systems out there. Ubuntu is too problematic.

  12. I used to run a lot of really full-featured systems; they were great to find the software I liked to use, and they are useful when you want to try several variations and groups of applications to decide what you like best. But once that’s done, they become excess.

    Over the years, I’ve cut back down; when I do want multiple versions of software, I grab them from the repos and when I’m done using them, if I stop using something or never use it, I now tend to get rid of it.

    I also tend to stick to a couple of environments (I do use more than one so that I have a backup environment, and I do use multiple browsers and text editors; beyond that, I do not use or need very many extras. So while at one time this distribution would have been handy for me, these days it is more than I personally need.

    1. So you’ve become more of a minimalist eh, Brian. Interesting. I think I’m sort of the same way.

      Despite large hard disks, I generally don’t like having apps I don’t use on my computers. I feel like I’m wasting space. Must be a leftover from the days of tiny hard disks back in the stone age of computer.

  13. over the last couple of years I have downloaded and tried many distros beginning with Mint 10 ,11,12,13,then on to Unbuntu,Debian,Fedora,Centos,Open SUSE,Puppy,Legacy os, Arch,Archbang,Cinnarch,Tiny core,PCLinux os, Vectorlinux,Zorin, the list goes on. I like lots of toys and Ultimate addition has become my distro of choice. 3.5 is more stable than 3.4 was and it was reasonable. I have tried KDE several time and prefer Gnome 2 classic desktop I like the cascadeing menus and tool-tip pop-ups you get . Ultimate has a dark color-rich environment that is hard to beat for customization, lots of themes ,effects, the works. In the end Ultimate is a show case for the sheer variety of Unbuntu-Debian linux derived software that you can squeeze under one roof. it is a bit bloated but that’s part of it’s charm.

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