Perhaps most important, installing was a breeze. It took less then 20 minutes to install and everything is working out of the box, including wireless internet connection, bluetooth, camera and microphone.
An often heard complain is about the default programs. I for one don’t care much. It really can’t get much easier to install your favourite program from the Ubuntu Software Centre. It really functions very similar to the much touted Apple app store or Android market, but with of course virtually all programs available for free.
One of my problems with Ubuntu is that it does not always offer the latest versions, especially GRASS GIS and QGIS. I therefore started to install these from source to optimize them for my system and to be able to stay with the latest version. It does make updating Ubuntu a bit more tedious and I have yet to find out how things will go this time. I’ll write an update when I have installed both.
It is just a first impression, but it is a good one nonetheless. It will take a little bit of getting used to, but at the end it might actually do as advertised; simplify day to day work on the computer.
Update: One of the things that needs most getting used to is the global menu or AppMenu. The AppMenu is an applet which removes the menu from the application windows and places it on the top panel. This results in more vertical screen space, but might require more moving up and down with the mouse. I’ll have to see how this works out in practice, but what I really found annoying is that by default, LibreOffice doesn’t uses the AppMenu, making it inconsistent with the rest of the desktop. You can change this, see this page how to tweak / fix this or a whole lot more things.