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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:50 pm 
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Hi all,

just found this review on distrowatch. I think the critics are fair enough.
The fact that, at the end, the reviewer says UberStudent is for teachers and students what Red Hat is for servers proves you've made a great distro Mr Ewen :D
I wonder though why he did not download the desktop edition with XFCE and Mate to try them both as the .iso are almost the same sizes.

BTW, the donation page shows a picture Maestro cards, but when I proceed to the paypal page to donate, there is no option for this card.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:13 am 
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Thanks for pointing this out, David. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:47 am 
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Video review:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmRUnT4PxEA

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:16 pm 
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Instead of starting a new topic I thought this one would be appropriate since the review on Distrowatch brought me to UberStudent.

First off I thought I would give you a little background about me. I'm a retired Systems analyst. I use to write business applications using a data back end. I learned how to write database programs while in the Navy (I'm also retired from USN) because I was give a computer in 1985 to help track training and manning requirements. I really didn't know anything about a computer, I worked on the Jet engines, but I knew I didn't like the program (it was written in DBase III) they gave me. So a buddy of mine said why don't you change it? I asked how and he showed me that evening and I just picked up on it, a 2nd career was born and the rest is history.

I have been using Linux since around 2001 or 2. I got fed up with Windows and all the anti-trust issues and having them dictate what I could and could not do. I do have to admit that I did make a good living off Windows because that is all I dealt with professionally. So I started using Linux on my personal computer, with all the years I have been using Linux and being a Techie you would think I would know more then I do about the workings of the OS. The trouble is it never sparked an interest to get into looking under the hood I just wanted it to do it's thing and that was it. Which leads me to why I've installed UberStudent. Something both Stephen and Jesse said that sparked my interest, an OS should stay out of the way.

My opinion of UberSudent is quite high. Over the last year to year and half I have been looking for a distro that work's well, has a polished look, stays out of the way and if possible has good support. UberStudent fit's all the requirement's. All thought I'm not part of the target audience, I do feel that I can use a lot of the pre-installed programs and that this may be the distro I have been looking for.

For a small project I think you have done an amazing job in quality control and development. I like the way it looks and feels which says a lot because I usually will start redoing the desktop right after I do the initial updates and I will probably leave things as they are, at least for a while. :lol: I have found very few issues on either my test machine, which is minimal system requirements or my main PC and the ones I have found were addressed in a very fast manner. One thing I would second that Jesse brought out in his review is some type of distinction between local and web app's. Maybe a (W) behind web apps and (L) behind a local app.

Once again Stephen I thing you and your team have done an excellent job and I would highly recommend this distro not only to students but to other's as well. I intend to let my middle daughter know about this, She has just started back to college this year and I think she could us this distro. I also have a granddaughter a junior in high school who also may be interested in it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:43 pm 
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Hi Bill,

Bill Semm wrote:
[The issues] I have found were addressed in a very fast manner.

That's something I think is the most relevant for a Linux distribution. There are bugs in every operating system. It's the friendliness and the speed the bugs are adressed with that matters in the end.

Bill Semm wrote:
All thought I'm not part of the target audience, I do feel that I can use a lot of the pre-installed programs and that this may be the distro I have been looking for.

That's nice to hear as 3,6 GB of download is quite big. So if you are not the target user, you could as well run Ubuntu, but it is definetely a time saver to have a pre-configured system. And UberStudent feels very polished and well thought out (many tutorials, install scripts, ...) and so fits at least as well as a general desktop system as does Ubuntu. And even me, altough I'm a student, I do not use ALL of the pre-installed programs. But even then the system does not feel bloated (a big point since I am running on a really slow machine ! ). Zotero is btw a real time saver when it comes to writing documents and doing research. :geek:

David

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:06 pm 
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Here is another review of the XFCE/MATE edition. The lightweight edition wasn't released yet when the review was written.

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