Today I set out to get my own software running. This included dependencies like:
I wasn’t difficult to install and configure things, though it obviously felt different than it does on Gentoo. Honestly things seemed less organized, though that’s likely because I know Gentoo so much better.
I have not been successful in getting mail-notification to work. Poking around it seems the imap ssl support is disabled, and people recommend installing from source. This means that to date, the only two pieces that have given me grief have been Flash and mail-notification. From a polish perspective Ubuntu continues to be excellent. I have also been impressed with the functionality of apt, though it’s no Portage For example when I installed flash, the installation failed though apt registered it as installed. This meant subsequent attempts required the use of –reinstall. This isn’t a big deal, but Portage is much more ~acid. The dependency lookups don’t seem to be as reliable either. For example installing eclipse-jdt should have pulled eclipse dependency. Installing psycopg2 should have pulled python-egenix-mxdatetime as a dependency. I also found apt’s presentation difficult to read. Portage uses colors and indentation for a much nicer presentation.
From a performance perspective I’m not sure what to think. I tend to not trust myself when judging the performance of a desktop machine (so many variables) but it does seem to be significantly more sluggish. I’ve even noticed the processing time of my own code seems to be slower. Consistently my pages process in ~0.05 seconds. On Ubuntu they seem to be running around ~0.2 seconds. That’s pretty rough though I’m not sure what’s responsible (ext3 vs reiserfs, compiler flags, etc).
Today’s outcome: I’m very impressed with Ubuntu, though currently I’m probably 50/50 on whether I might switch.