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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Show some Ubuntu

Why are so many people so hostile towards Ubuntu? As far as I'm concerned, it's just another distribution, and I don't at all find it more special than others. I'll try to explain some of the critique that I've been hearing on OSNews.

I. Ubuntu is just a hype

Yes, Ubuntu is a hype. But, it's not 'just' a hype. The past 10 months, since the release of 4.10, have proved that Ubunu might have risen to stardom in a few weeks, but also that it is here to stay. A lot of people say that the counter on Distrowatch doesn't say anything; it just shows that there's a general interest in Ubuntu, nothing more. Well, then how are you going to explain the fact that that interest has been rising since the release of 4.10, and doesn't seem to be shrinking at all? It has taken that Distrowatch list by storm, and even after ten months, it ain't dropping. Go figure.

II. Ubuntu is killing Debian

If Ubuntu kills Debian (which will never happen), then it says more about Debian than it says anything about Ubuntu.

III. Ubuntu leeches off of Debian and therefor it sucks ass

In that sense, most distro's suck ass:

- Mandriva: a fork of Red Hat;
- Xandros: a Debian;
- Linspire: a Debian;
- MEPIS: a Debian;
- Knoppix: a Debian;
- Distro X: based on distro Y.

The list is endless.

So, in short, Ubuntu isn't special and doesn't deserve all the crap anymore than other distributions.
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12:30 AM, by Anonymous Eugenia

Ubuntu is an "ok" distro, but not my favorite.

I don't like the slow and very sensitive debian package management. I prefer Arch Linux's Pacman in this regard, which is much simpler and straight forward (even if it's command line only). Also, I always hated how both the RPM and dpkg separate -devel with -bin packages, making compilation a nightmare (you have to literally chase for -devel packages), when necessary to install something via compliation (e.g. when there is no package for an app).

It also is a bit slow compared to Arch, especially regarding booting times (Arch boots in 20 seconds on the same machine as Ubuntu takes ~1.5 minutes to load).

Other than that, I don't have a problem with Ubuntu. It's just not my first choice.    



5:08 PM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

Ubuntu has two main bad points for me:

I) It should get it's ass in line and provide some decent system management tools. Currently, managaing your hardware on a Ubuntu machine is, well, almost impossible. Something like YaST or the Mandrake (screw Mandriva, I'm old school) Control Center should have been included already in the 4.10 release.

II) It lacks a complete graphical boot. I know how to set one up myself, but it's a lot of work and requires patience. In this day and age, a desktop-oriented distro *must* be completely graphical. I don't wanna see a single blurb of CLI anywhere during normal usage.    



7:12 PM, by Blogger Chris

I tried the Kubuntu live CD and I was impressed, It was very nice to work with...however, do they have to ship the thing with every wizz bang effect turned on? Turning off those effects takes a lot of time.    



4:46 PM, by Blogger Get

I run ubunt, but I don't like it, it's up2date when it has been released, but then there isn't updates to keep it up2date. I will change foresight if it will be possible to install with ndiswrapper.....    



10:32 PM, by Anonymous Eugenia

>but then there isn't updates to keep it up2date

This is because they have brand new releases every 6 months. Only critical fixes make it to a released system, not updates of new versions. The new versions are appearing on the new versions.    



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