Ubuntu 5.10 is known as the The Breezy Badger.
User story 1: on an IBM X41 Thinkpad
Install: the experience was refreshingly simple. This may be because Ubuntu were given a raft of laptop models from different companies for testing purposes during Breezy's development cycle. In any case, Ubuntu 5.10 sorted out the state of the art hardware in this Thinkpad and base unit, including wireless card without apparent difficulty. The install took approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. RandyMetcalfe
User story 2: on an IBM T42P Thinkpad
The installation itself was easy and effective, in that it found my sound, networking, screen resolution, etc with no issues. I had considerable problems _after_ the install, because I was upgrading from an existing Debian system, so I had to get it to set up my /home properly, my other work disk partitions etc. There seemed to be no help for this sort of migration at all (I'd have been pleasantly surprised if there had been). So that took me a while to sort out, before I could log in and find my files. That's part 1. Part 2 involves getting a system which does what the old one did, ie installing extra software; that meant editing the /etc/apt/sources.list file and using Synaptic - basically OK. Then it got hard, as I wanted hibernation to work: result, total lock up. Googling led me to [http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/ubuntubreezythinkpadt42.html] and following a tip there to edit the grub config; finally it worked, but it was dirty, and not remotely what a human being should do.
My overall conclusion a day later: this is a very nice setup, and it looks as if it will provide me with a good service. Recommended. But I classify myself as a pretty experienced Linux user (first install in 1993...), not worried about editing config files; is it foolproof enough for the target audience of human beings, though? You still descend too easily into the world of partition tables, grub configs and "sudo gts-register". SebastianRahtz
User Story 3: Edubuntu
On the various Ubuntu mailing lists there have been a number of items about problems upgrading from the previous version of Ubuntu - including from me! I am now trying out Edubuntu at home to see what it like and for my son. Despite some comments about it welcoming involvement from other sectors it is clearly developing in relation to primary school use rather than other educational sectors (graphics and software options make that clear) – and I would have thought that it is unlikely that universities would go for it – although the idea of integrating a VLE and operating system is interesting. DavidAndrew
User Story 4: on an IBM X31 Thinkpad
Encouraged by Sebastian's comments, I backed up everything on my existing Debian/KDE installation, took a large drink, and did a complete re-installation of Ubuntu. I was surprised it didn't ask me how I wanted my disk to be partioned but just created a single large partition. Network connectivity worked a treat, as did detection of the sound card. It immediately detected and loaded both the CF card reader and my external USB drive, though I was puzzled as to why the former appeared on the desktop automagically, while the latter did not. It also took me a while to work out that I needed to add a specific line about the "universe" into my apt/sources.list before I could re-install some software I was used to (specifically, Digikam, tei-emacs) but which Ubuntu doesn't include on its "official" list. Hardware features like the X31's cute little keyboard light and other function keys all appear to work without any special tweaking on my part. Now I just have to get used to Gnome instead of KDE.... LouBurnard
User Story 5: on an amd64 system
Trying a 64-bit version (yellow stip down the side) failed to boot. After about 30 seconds on a blank screen it continued normal boot sequence, ignoring the CDROM in the drive. The system boots 32 bit Ubuntu and Knoppix happily from CD / DVD and 64 bit Debian from the harddrive. The motherboard on this system is known to not have the latest firmware. StuartYeates
User Story 6: on an iBook 12" 800MHz
Breezy installed very smoothly on this iBook - bought in 2003. All hardware was detected, as would be expected and worked well. I moved in to UbuntuDapper in search of newer software. Overall a very nice distribution. WilliamRoe