Friday, November 14, 2008

Ultimate Edition 2.0 - Ubuntu 8.10 on steroids

Ultimate Edition 2.0, is a Linux distribution based on the popular Ubuntu distribution that stands true to it's name. Tons of extra goodies bundled to the already application-packed Ubuntu makes it the "ultimate" and the most complete Linux distribution ever. Some of the nagging problems present in most Linux distros like lack of in-built multimedia support, WiFi and Bluetooth support etc are missing in Ultimate Edition, because it has the complete out-of-the-box support for all third party codecs and drivers.

Ultimate Edition was first released in December 2006 with the goal of creating a complete, seamlessly integrated, visually stimulating, and easy-to-install operating system. The Ultimate Edition 2.0 was released yesterday and has an even newer kernel than the one in Ubuntu 8.10. It is loaded to the hilt with themes, wallpapers, icon sets, GDM login screens, and usplashes, plus all the updates. Compiz Fusion works right off the live DVD without drivers.

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Image courtesy: The Coding Studio

Here is a "brief" list of some of the key applications in this distro:

  • New theme/splash screen/wallpaper/35 Additional fonts
  • Subversion & build tools
  • Wireless Internet integration
  • Bluetooth integration
  • PPP integration
  • Networking tools
  • IPod support
  • Integrated codecs (the good the bad & the ugly)
  • Mplayer, VLC, Songbird & Amarok players with mp3 support
  • Mencoder, K9Copy, DeVeDE, DVD Shrink - dvd copying software.
  • Integrated Nvidia drivers (will work with other cards)
  • Automatix 2 & Automatix Bleeder (in case you want additional software)
  • GDesklets
  • QEMU & Kqemu Accelerator - Emulation
  • NTFS read / write support
  • Azureus - P2P software
  • MS core Font's and extra fonts
  • Wine - Windows emulation
  • Alien - Allows installation of foriegn packages (RPM, suse etc)
  • Google Picasa - Graphic editing software
  • Frostwire Pro - P2P software
  • Qcad - Autocad wannabe
  • Archive Suite - virtually any archive can be handled.
  • Bluefish - HTML Editor
  • Bit Tornado - P2P Software
  • Audacity - Sound editor
  • Dvdrip - Dvd ripping software
  • ClamAV - Anti-virus software
  • Lifrea - RSS feed reader
  • QDVDAuthor - DVD authoring software

This is just a preview of what you will get.

This is not all. There is also a "Gamers Edition" which includes all software available in the Ultimate Edition 2.0 plus 23 games.

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