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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use Solid, intuitive interface. great!
  • Speed Crazy fast on even moderate laptop hardware. great!
  • Configurability It's linux. As such, it is as extensible as your imagination. great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.) Have yet to find something I could not do with Ubuntu. great!
  • Openness Again, it's Linux. great!
Detailed review
For background, I teach Linux for a living, so I am definitely more advanced than average. Still, installation was intuitive, fast, and painless. Not one piece of hardware in my Toshiba Satellite required additional drivers. Even my WiMax card was recognized. Interface is fast and incredibly customizable. I added my favorite window managers, Gnome 3 and Fluxbox, although I find myself almost exclusively using the native Unity interface. I find it more beautiful and elegantly designed than my MacBook, and that is saying something.