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Ubuntu Ultimate Edition: The Good, The Bad and The Latest! A Review of 3.5 and 4.0

October 31, 2014       Tech Buzz
Ultimate Edition
Your Ubuntu Distro with the All the Tools You Need



The screen of Ultimate Edition version 4.0 with its Mate shell.

You plan to get into Ubuntu and relish all that FREE computing power out of the box in an Open Source computing package?  Look no further than Ubuntu Ultimate Edition if you want some of the most amazing free stuff around.

Ultimate Edition 3.5 is the only Ubuntu distro where you can get versions of all the available Linux desktop environments from Gnome 3, to Unity to KDE together in a single installation.  You can load a different desktop each day if you preferred.

UE is also not designed for low resource equipment.  It is absolutely recommended as an OS for a top of the line system (with at least a dual core or high end i3 or higher processor and minimum 2 GB RAM) in your possession, which is really not top end considering the latest Intel processors.  For really dated computers, it will be slow and a pain to use.  All because UE 3.5 is loaded with applications.  Like having the entire Ubuntu repository loaded as default.  You can choose among KDE 4.8, XFCE 4.8, LXDE, OpenBox, Cinnamon, in addition to Gnome 3, Unity and Gnome 2, as your default desktop theme.   Who needs Windows?  Out of the box, you get tons of free apps: like using the entire Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu especiallly in version 3.5.

Some of the
later Ultimate Edition updates from 3.8 to 4.0 all have the
spare and clean, Unity / Mint or MATE  desktop as default interface.  And a more limited set but still a formidable arsenal of default apps.  And you can ADD more from the Ubuntu repository as you wish!



Ultimate Edition Swiss Army OS

Among all the Ubuntu distros, the Ultimate Edition is the one Linux version that offers a club sandwich of apps, desktop environments, and everything else you might need from an OS and its extensible apps.  If you wanted to get an OS that had everything or were planning to get paid software with the works:  from digital painting, graphic design and desktop publshing, 3D animation rendering and video editing, you can get Ultimate Edition instead or Ubuntu Studio which is a tighter collection of the good stuff.  Ultimate Edition lets you play around with everything in the Ubuntu environments, mix and match apps and just be that monster of a Linux OS that is STILL easy to install, use and configure as with most of the other Ubuntu versions.





The Ultimate Edition version 3.2 showing a Unity shell. Icons of the
available apps shown for this distribution, a toolbox of goodies.



Ulitmate Edition Desktops

KDE is the default desktop environment of 3.5 Ultimate Edition.  If you chose from 3.8 to UE 4.2 and higher you get the cleaner Mate or Unity desktop environs.  But if you were getting Ultimate Edition for all the bells and whistles, 3.5 is the LAST offering both KDE and Mate  and all the other Linux interface themes in one distro.  If you were using a throwback Linux OS, 3.5 Ultimate Edition isn't that bad and it still is tops over paid software given that you get amazing and all the props and freebies.

As the last Ultimate Edition offering an entire wardrobe of changes, 3.5 allows you to switch to another Ubuntu or Linux desktop theme or interface if you don't like KDE or the default 3.5 desktop log-in.  Just logout then click the gear icon on the login screen.



Bundled Software

Here’s a sample of the software included in 3.5 UE:


Games
PlayOnLinux
Board Games
Card Games
Logic Games

Graphics
AcquireImages

Blender

DNGConverter
Document Viewer
ExpoBlending
F-Spot

GIMP

gThumb
Gwenview
Hugin Batch Processor
Hugin Calibrate Lens
Hugin Panorama Center
Image Viewer

Inkscape


K-3D
Karbon
KolourPaint

Krita

KSnapShot

LibreOffice


LRF Viewer
mtPaint
Okular
Panorama
Phatch Image Inspector
Photo Layouts
Ristretto Image Viewer
Shotwell
Simple Scan

Internet
Akregator
BlueDevil
CheckGmail
Chromium
ELinks Browser
Empathy
Firefox
Frostwire
gFTP
Gwibber
KMail
Konqueror
Kopete
KPPP
KTorrent
KVIRC
Lanshark
Pidgin IM
Quassel IRC
rekonq
Remmina Remote Desktop Client
Remote Desktop Viewer
Sylpheed
Thunderbird Mail Client
Transmission
Vuze
WiFi Radar
Wireshark
XChat IRC
Yarssr

Multimedia
2ManDVD

Amarok


Audacious
Audacity
Audio Tag Tool
Avidemux
Banshee
Brasero
Cheese
Cinelerra
DeVeDe

Dragon Player


dvd:rip
DVD Styler
EasyTAG
Entagged
Exaile
gmusicbrowser
GNOME MPlayer
gtkpod
guvcview
gxine
HandBrake
Hydrogen
Imagination
ISO Master
Istanbul Desktop Session Recorder
K3b
k9copy assistant
k9copy
Kdenlive
Kino
KMix
LIVES
Miro
Mixer
Moovida Media Center
Movie Player
Parole
PulseAudio Volume Control
Radio Tray
RecordMyDesktop
Rhythmbox
RipOff
Songbird
Sound Juicer
soundKonverter
Sound Recorder
tovid GUI
TVtime Television Viewer
Ultimate Player
VLC
XBMC
X-CD-Roast
Xfburn
xine

Office
Abiword
Braindump
calibre
Calligra
Dictionary Client
Document Viewer
Gnumeric
KAddressBook

Karbon

Kexi
Kontact
KOrganizer
KTimeTracker
LibreOffice
Okular
Orage
Osmo
Plan

Other
Wine





Ultimate Edition has been criticized for having the worst artwork among all the Ubuntu distros and this is no problem because you can change what images load as default, and you can change the desktop themes too for certain distros like 3.5 and some older distros. 

The oldest recommended version we can vouch for is UE 2.7 LTS which already by itself offers some of the best apps in the UE arsenal and works swell in older machines, but still works best in a Dual Core system with 2GB of RAM. 

Of course, getting the latest distro in UE 4.2 assures you of the best available Linux apps and a bug free, stable Ubuntu distro for all your computing needs.

If you wanted to wing your office machines for productivity using the best Linux distro in Ubuntu, Ultimate Edition knocks paid software out of the Galaxy into oblivion.  You get all the eye candy you want too and a powerful Linux engine running some of the smoothest FREE apps for any creative or business endeavor!

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