Once logged in, the default is the classic "human" theme of brown and tan with a brown OS X-like abstract background image. Yeah, brown is a little ugly, but this isn't Zune brown, it's more like Galaxy Chocolate brown. If you don't like brown, a few clicks will have the system customized however you want. There are two panels: the top panel gives access to your applications, system preferences, and logout options, the bottom panel has a recycle bin, desktop button, and window switcher. Plus, it has a panel showing your virtual desktops, freeing up desktop clutter. One difference in the new version, however, is the session switcher, allowing you to switch between users without logging off first. Additionally, Ubuntu has added a deskbar applet by default, allowing you to search your system easily.
In previous versions of Ubuntu, there were small annoyances that affected the average users chances of using Linux full-time. One of these annoyances was getting a correct screen resolution. Ubuntu 7.10 makes this process much easier, offering a "screens and graphics" program that allows you to test drivers, change the screen quality, and test it all out before you do damage to your system. Ubuntu 7.10 also improves plug and play functionality, and should detect everything from printers to your iPod without having to edit the dark caverns of you computer file system.
A highly customized system showing off the Desktop Cube effect.
Equally, Ubuntu 7.10 makes it easy to download programs. The "Add/Remove Programs" section is much more complex than its Windows equivalent, offering you alternative programs that are easy to download instead of merely monitoring your currently installed programs. Ubuntu offers the Synaptic Package Manager that will help you find thousands of open source programs over the internet. This saves time, and you won't have to click around Web sites to get the programs you want.
But Ubuntu is not for everyone. If you spend a lot of time using programs such as Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Office, you may want to stick with Windows (although alternatives do exist on Linux). Also, if you are a high-end gamer, you won't get most games on Linux since game developers don't generally develop Linux versions. However, Ubuntu makes it easy to set up a dual boot system, allowing you to choose between Ubuntu and Windows on startup. Both systems can work separately from each other, with some interoperability available. After all, Ubuntu developers know they aren't going to take over Windows systems entirely (at least, not without a fight).