It has been a while since I tried UBUNTU Studio and I have just put it on my backup PC again. It is current with UBUNTO 8.04 and as I stated in my last review of UBUNTU Studio, it is tailored to people that have a higher interest in Audio, Video and graphic arts.
I remembered liking it better than the standard UBUNTU desktop, even though it is also built on the same Gnome underpinnings. I have been using Linux Mint. The advantage of a native UBUNTU distribution over a UBUNTU derivative is that you don’t have a delay on upgrades or fixes.
UBUNTU 8.04 has been out for over a month and Linux Mint still hasn’t gotten their comparable release distributed. If my test on the backup PC goes well, I may adopt UBUNTU for my primary PC as well.
As a side note, there is another advantage of Linux desktops, that I have noticed. If you install multiple languages on the PC, then you can boot in which ever language you want. This is nice for me, because I sometimes have people that need to use my PC that only speak Spanish. In that case I can sign out and sign back in with the language changed to Spanish and all applications and all menus are now in Spanish. Each user of the PC can have their sign on to use whatever language they want. How neat is that!
This would actually be a good thing for schools here in Panama that want the students to learn better English. The PC could be brought up in whichever language is most appropriate. You can’t do that with a Windows PC. I don’t know if a Apple PC allows a multiple languages option or not.
This would be a good display option for PC stores in Panama that wanted to demonstrate Linux in both languages. It might even open up a new market for them.