Ultimate Edition Linux 2.5

Anjuta IDE
Bluefish Editor
Google Gadget Designer
Meld Diff Viewer
Qt3 Assistant
Qt4 Assistant
Qt 4 Designer
Qt 4 Linguist
Qt Creator
Screem HTML/XML Editor

GNU Paint
OpenOffice.org Drawing

Elinks Browser
Gobby Editor
Mozilla Thunderbird
Pidgin IM
Quassel IRC
Ubuntu One

Banshee Media Player
Dragon Player
ISO Master
Lemon RIP
Miro Internet TV
Movie Player
VLC Media Player
XBMC Media Center
X-CD Roast

Gnumeric Spreadsheet
KOffice Workspace

Note that this is not an exhaustive list, there are more apps included with Ultimate Edition 2.5. If you’re a software junkie, this is the distro for you. You’ll have tons of applications available to play with and use. Probably far more than you’ll actually ever need.

Software Management
Adding & Removing Software: There are two ways you can manage your software. The first way is the easiest, particularly if you are new to Linux. Simply click the System menu at the top of your screen then choose Administration then Add/Remove Applications.

A tool will load that will let you easily add or remove software on your system. The Add/Remove Applications tool is broken down into the following convenient categories:

Sound & Video
System Tools
Universal Access

Note that you can view a screenshot of an application by clicking the Get Screenshot button in the description.

The other way to manage software is to use the Synaptic Package Manager. I don’t recommend this for newbies to Linux as it may be a bit confusing if you haven’t used it before. Stick with the Add/Remove Applications tool instead.

To update your system, look for the Update Manager link in the Administration menu. It’s a very good idea to do an update right away after installing Ultimate Edition 2.5. There might be bug fixes and other helpful updates waiting to be downloaded.

Use the add/remove tool to manage your software.
Use the add/remove tool to manage your software.

Sound and Multimedia
YouTube & Flash: I tested Ultimate Edition 2.5 by playing the Spartacus: Blood and Sand trailer on Youtube and it worked flawlessly. Sound and video were both great. I can’t wait to see that show when it’s on; Lucy Lawless from Xena is on it and apparently plays a bit of a nymphomaniac.

DVDs: Speaking of Xena, I decided to use one of my Xena Season 1 DVDs as a test DVD. Unfortunately, I was not able to play it in Ultimate Edition 2.5 using Movie Player. Movie Player kept getting hung and I had to terminate it.

I was able to play the DVD using VLC though but I ran into some problems. The video was a bit grainy at times and the sound stuttered.

Problems & Headaches
One thing I noticed about Ultimate Edition 2.5 is that it has a very slow boot time. I actually thought the install had gotten stuck. I had to be patient and simply wait for it to finish starting up and booting into the Live CD desktop. It seemed to take about 3 or 4 minutes to boot fully and for the desktop to load up.

I noted the lack of a “What’s New” page or file earlier but I’ll reiterate it here. The UE developers need to fix this in future releases so that reviewers and users know exactly what goodies they are going to get in each new release.

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17 thoughts on “Ultimate Edition Linux 2.5

  1. I'm tired of all this, my brain is pulling in 20 different directions over having a desktop I feel comfortable with.. I really thought Mint was the one but then it ended up like all the rest… Something I didn't feel comfortable with.. CPU usage always ends up being too high or the entire system just ends up too slow.. You right about there ebing too many distros, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.. Only one left to try before I smash something and that's Mandriva.. I've always had a good feeling about this one :biggrin:

  2. Its called an Operation System,actually & as based off Lucid,will be the fastest distro to date. 😎

    Ultimate Edition, first released in December 2006, is a fork of Ubuntu. The goal of the project is to create a complete, seamlessly integrated, visually stimulating, and easy-to-install operating system. Single-button upgrade is one of several special characteristics of this distribution. Other main features include custom desktop and theme with 3D effects, support for a wide range of networking options, including WiFi and Bluetooth, and integration of many extra applications and package repositories.

  3. It is an amazing bit of O/S. 😎

    Ultimate Edition started off as Ubuntu Christmas Edition, and was made as a Christmas present for the Ubuntu community. The creator, TheeMahn, then created Ubuntu Ultimate 1.1. Ultimate Edition has more software pre-installed and ready for use even in the live CD/DVD environment than Ubuntu. Ubuntu Ultimate 1.2 was released shortly after 1.1 with even more new software. To answer the call of gamers[citation needed], TheeMahn then built Ubuntu Ultimate Gamers Edition. On October 18, 2007, TheeMahn received an e-mail from Canonical asking that the use of the Ubuntu logo and name stop. The reason was that Ubuntu Ultimate had become too different from Ubuntu and that continued use of the name and logo may damage the Ubuntu Project[1]. Ubuntu Ultimate then became Ultimate Edition.

    Ultimate Edition is based on Ubuntu but should not be confused with or be considered Ubuntu. The major difference between the two is that Ultimate Edition has its own repository that contains restricted multimedia drivers as well as packages that require license acceptance to install

  4. Hi LP,

    The reviews are broken up into multiple pages for two main reasons:

    1. It annoys those who try to copy and paste the content in its entirety onto their own sites. These folks have, unfortunately, stolen some of the content in the past. Multiple pages at least makes it more aggravating for them.

    2. It lends itself to a basic business model. I rely on this blog to help pay for rent, food, electricity, heat and other necessities. Each time a page loads, I get credited for the image ads that load with it. That ad money (along with the Google ads that have to be clicked on) is the only business model the site has, so I need to generate as many page views as possible per visit.

    I know that some folks hate having to click so I made sure to at least allow people to skip the parts of the review they weren't interested in. The drop down menus let you easily navigate to the page(s) that you are interested in reading.

    Sorry that having to click bothers you but I do need to get some compensation for spending time writing, editing and producing these reviews and screenshots. I think it's fair to expect that so thank you for understanding.


  5. Seven pages? Ug. Is there any way to have all this stuff on just one page? What's so bad about pages that are long & that require scrolling? I'm done with sites that I have to click & click & click & click & click & click to see all the content.

  6. I did not test this software, and chances are I will not test this software. I base my comments based on the years of software testing that I have done and the thousands of times that I have installed at least a couple of hundred distinct Linux distributions.

    This is a mega distribution. Benefits: access to a lot of alternatives. Useful when you are trying to decide what you want to use and also useful when you want to evaluate and test a lot of desktops and a lot of applications.

    The cost of such a mega distribution is level of complexity: arguably too much stuff. This makes it a confusing choice for beginners – too many choices to understand, and it also makes the software heavy and cumbersome, leading to slower than average installation and the likelihood of many unnecessary services being automatically turned on, so unless you manage it carefully and pare it down, it will be slow.

    Nothing wrong with it; probably a GREAT distro for evaluations. I've done plenty of evaluations, so this time I will pass.

  7. UE is an awesome distro. I have an overbuilt win7 machine and the bigger the better. Someday I'll be in that mode where Im trying to make the distro as small as possible, but that day is not today. Viva la 3GB+ distro!

  8. Nice review. What I'd like to see is a direct comparison with UE and other "DVD size" distros like Sabayon and Super OS. These tend to be way overkill for me, but I would be interested in seeing how they compare to one another.

  9. Thanks for the review. I think this one is about what one would expect; a lot of software, pretty good collection of stuff that works, but little attention to value added documentation above and beyond the bzse system, relying instead on Ubuntu documentstion, not all of it relevant to this particular system.

    To compare, Linux Mint is quite easy to install and use and a pretty full featured implementation of the GNOME desktop. Mint probably has more complete documentation of what it offers. Ultimate offers more desktop environments, but no additional documentation.

    Worthwhile for a distro and desktop junkie; probably not much incremental value for anyone else and probably not a good idea for a first time user.

  10. really really thanks for reviewing ultimate 2.5. really really thanks for listing the moajor apps. i wish you had reviewed it a bit early.

    i would have appreciated a bit more detail review though.

    but keep up the good work.

  11. "Perhaps it’s time for the Ubuntu developers to update their site to incorporate more accurate system requirements? I don’t know what it is with Linux developers and poor documentation about basic information such as What’s New and Hardware Requirements. Ugh."

    Sorry, but we are programmers. Documentation is a different department. 😆

    In all seriousness, Ultimate system requirements are bit steeper than standard Ubuntu. At least if you turn all the included eye candy on which is one of the main points of this distro. I noted this when trying to run it on my Sempron desktop with integrated Nvidia video. Plain Ubuntu ran fine, but Ultimate slowed to a crawl. Still, if you have the hardware, it is way slicker than straight Ubuntu for those into such things.

    The large selection of software is a good deal for those wanting to experiment, yet do not want to download everything separately.

  12. Prokokok, I'll try to give Gnome-Do a second chance. I think it just irritated me more than anything else. However, I appreciate the feedback and I'll give it another look.

  13. The reviewer apparently hasn't read up what Gnome-Do can do. It is IMHO one of the most useful utilities ever made. And if you don't want it, you can set it not to start on boot-up. If you don't know how, then you have no business doing a review.

  14. Another week, another ubuntu review.

    My first linux is with ultimate 1.7. Ultimate teach me what is basero, kde, gnome, k3b many linux app with strange name. So no need download and try one-by-one.

    Mr TheeMan have a lot time to make ultimate distro. I wish he will make ultimate 3 base on Debian itself.

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