Version 11.04 does not seem to like the junk I run, so I am sticking with v10.10--which works fine.
Testing to date:
XBMC Media Center works fine. No issues since latest updates. XBMC had to be installed from the "terminal" application. The How To can be found on the XBMC for Linux website. The terminal is a command line based application. Just copy and paste code from website to terminal command line.
Rythmbox- is the default music player with the look and feel of Itunes (less the ipod connectivity). I was able to easily point the library to my network music folder, and play from the network location.
WINE - Wine is not an Emulator - Contrary to the name, it is a Windows emulation application. When installed it allows operation of a lot of windows software, but not like windows. Some of the functionality may be limited depending on the app. My testing involved Full Tilt Poker, which installed and ran fine, the exception is that it does not remember my preference settings (no big deal).
Repositories - are places from which software is downloaded and updated. Some repositories must be added to access, install, and update new software.
Desktop - The Ubuntu default desktop is called "Gnome." It has a windows look and feel, and is highly customizable. The one thing that is a little different from windows convention is "Panel". Panels are what look like menu bars at the top and bottom of the desktop.
Panels can be added, deleted, moved, resized, and can hold launch commands (aka shortcuts), and applets (embedded apps like clocks or calendars).Office:
Workspaces - Gnome gives you 4 default workspaces, like having 4 desktops with different apps running on each. Workspaces can be selected in the bottom right corner. Essentially making your desktop 4 x larger, but spread across 4 screens.
OpenOffice is the default office suite that comes with Ubuntu. Word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, & email. Compatible with M$ Office 2007 and prior.
Ubuntu's preloaded apps cover just about any average needs. Thousands of more apps are available for easy download and installation.
Wireless connectivity. Ubuntu recognized my USB wireless adapter and found my network in pre-installation. I clicked on the wireless icon in the upper right corner, and it showed me available networks. I entered the network codekey, and had immediate connectivity which allowed for updates during installation.
More to follow....