I have finally gotten around to watching Walt Mossberg’s review of Ubuntu. From what I had been hearing, this guy didn’t find Ubuntu that good.
What I got, was the opposite. While he wasn’t big on the idea of new users using it (or rather, installing it) on their own with no guidance. I partly agree. I would not recommend a novice user to take that LiveCD and potentially do something to their computer that they may not like without first doing some research around their particular computer. Overall usability, however, I have found that new users get the hang of the system rather quickly. It just makes sense.
Installing codecs is a breeze. When you try to play an mp3 file or a DVD, a dialog box will pop up and ask you if you want to install codecs. Click “OK” and the Add/Remove application will show up with the codecs packages checked for installation. Click “Apply” and ta-da! You have codecs.
Otherwise, he was rather upbeat about the system.
Perhaps the best user base to use Ubuntu from the start with the LiveCD at the moment are power users. They have the general knowledge of their computer that would make installing Ubuntu easy, an they know where to get help.
And there you have it. My two cents.