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If you've never tried it, how do you know it's undeserved?

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on January 07, 2008 08:24 PM
I'm not much of a fan of the Ubuntu theme myself (and as a former GNOME user, I also run Kubuntu rather than Ubuntu), but I have to challenge your statement - even with the IMO modifier - that the attention Ubuntu has been getting is undeserved. I've been using Linux for 10 years, having started on Red Hat 4.something, then to TurboLinux, then back to Red Hat, then to Debian, with overlapping periods of Mandrake, Gentoo, and a few others. Debian is a terrific distro, as the large number of Debian derivatives attests, however, after I tried Ubuntu + KDE packages in 2003 on my test system, I found myself moving in that direction more and more until in 2004 Kubuntu replaced Sid on my main workstation.

The fact of the matter is that the Ubuntu family is a terrific group of Linux OSes. It's not only a better alternative than Debian for most users, IMO it is also better for most users than any RH-based or Gentoo-based distro as well. As for the amount of attention it is getting, Ubuntu and its derivatives make up a rising tide that floats not only Debian, but Linux in general. Over the past three years, Linux has gotten more mainstream attention than ever before, and the two greatest reasons for that are the success of Ubuntu and relative the flop of Windows Vista. SCO's spectacular public meltdown hasn't hurt, either. With all due respect for whatever your own background and experience may be, if you haven't even used Ubuntu, you are simply and completely unqualified to say whether the large amount of attention it has received is deserved or not.


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