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|Version: Absolute Linux 14.04|
|Reviewer: Stone Forest|
Date: 03 Sep 2013, 19:13 GMT
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Absolute Linux 14.04 = ABSOLUTE FAILURE
I downloaded it because it's supposedly light & fast, & appeared to have mobile broadband support.
The installer either does not recognise /dev/sda, or, insists on calling it /dev/sdb.
Going by the installation scripts, AL14.04 is a bloated mess. Why are so few developers capable of producing a minimal but useable system, one that allows the user to decide what they want.
LiLo failed to install, so it ends up as an unbootable system (& there does not seem to be any information on the www on how to install a bootloader).
Therefore I cannot tell you anything about the GUI, the features, or ease of use.
The expensive 700MiB iso download was a waste of valuable data allowance.
Overall, this is stone-age Linux at its wors: badly built, & badly thought out, & yet another reason for people to consider Linux to be an unrealistic option for everyday use, or even, a total joke.
On top of this, the Absolute Linux forum is little more than a spam site for false advertising.
My overall rating (by your scoring system) has to be 5/25.
By my own assessment, 0/25.
I shall stay with my own reliable Ubuntu-minimal-based custom setup.
I would like to change from an Ubuntu base, because of the direction it's taking, but until someone comes up with a Linux-based distro that really does just work, & is more than an ego-extension, it seems that I have little choice.