Review of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr

I started on Ubuntu in 2008 and ended up switching to Linux Mint in 2011. Now I have returned to Ubuntu with their latest long term service release. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr will be supported until 2019. This is the 20th release of Ubuntu.

The installation went smoothly, with no problems. On my first install, I didn’t check the boxes to install the restricted extras. I choose to do this later using the command line. I had a problem installing the ttf-mscorefonts-installer. I couldn’t click to acknowledge I read the agreement. After a bit of research I discovered that pressing “shift” and “tab” worked to highlight it, then I just clicked enter. A reader said the arrow keys worked for them.

Having come from Linux Mint, there were a number of things I had to get used to. Before I installed Ubuntu 14.04 I knew I would have to retrain myself on the Unity desktop. My motor skills are accustomed to a certain way of doing things. But I was ready to learn a different, maybe better way.

One lingering difficulty is having the close, minimize, maximize buttons on the left, rather than right side. I understand why they designed them to be on the left, but I am still retaining myself. It doesn’t help that I use Windows 7 at work.

I do like the dash, with its ability to search for applications. It actually seems faster than clicking a menu and searching through it. I noticed that in this version you have the option to have your application menus appear in the program’s window when it is not maximized. Which only makes sense to me.

I am also glad that full menus have been restored to most apps. I understand that the GNOME developers are dispensing with traditional desktop menus, so Ubuntu has patched them back in.

I have also done a few tweaks. I added an equalizer to Rhythmbox. I removed Amazon from the launcher. I enabled the Firewall. I edited the security and privacy settings to turn off online search. I switched back to standard scrollbars. I have installed compizconfig-settings-manager so when I click on an open program in the Unity launcher, it will minimize.

The final word is that, although Ubuntu 14.04 is not perfect, it is still a top-notch release. It is now my Linux distribution of choice.

For more of my tricks and tips for Ubuntu 14.04
http://JayForrest.org/2014/04/04/things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-14-04/

UPDATE (04/21/2014)
Do not install web apps or indicator apps in Ubuntu 14.04. For example my weather indicator does not work right and messes with the screen graphics. I have also heard the calendar app does too. The only exception is Conky, which seems to be working fine.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is an IT professional, an ordained Humanist minister, and a Certified and Accredited Meditation Teacher.