Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Apr 2006 17:38 UTC, submitted by Linoman
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu has a review of the (K)Ubuntu Dapper Drake beta. "Please note Ubuntu/Kubuntu 'Dapper Drake' is not yet a final product and the available previews do not reflect the quality of the final product. This quick review is not meant to divide Ubuntu and Kubuntu into separate distros. They are almost identical to each other, except the default desktop for Ubuntu is Gnome, whereas KDE is Kubuntu's default desktop." Lots of screenshots, boys and girls.
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RE[3]: what i don't see
by leech on Mon 24th Apr 2006 14:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: what i don't see"
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I believe that is the plan with Dapper. It has a 5 year life. The thing is, a lot of home users don't need or want stable long lifetime for their Operating System. I know that sounds kind of crazy, but I'll explain why.

Features vs. Stability. Unless the stability is a major problem with an application crashing everytime you try to save the file, or something as equally drastic and/or annoying, features will win out here. Of course with every new release there are new bugs, but new features.

Also, home users tend to upgrade their computers a lot more frequently than business users do. Though with Linux, maybe they won't need to as much as with Windows What I mean by this is that some people will literally buy a new PC when their Computer is too slow, due to malware infecting it.

Do you really mean something that is stable, longterm and has support? Dapper is that very thing, though for home users, why not just use the forums for support? They are great. I help people there all the time.

I think the real problem here is that people think cost when they think upgrade. With Ubuntu the upgrades are free and will always remain free. A person could use the same version forever if they so chose to. So literally Warty could be considered the stable and long lifetime version.

Just because Ubuntu or whatever linux distribution is continually evolving, doesn't mean that anyone has to install it. If someone is completely satisfied with their current setup, then keep it. Most distributions will still support security updates for their releases for a long time (I think even Debian Woody still gets security releases, though I could be wrong about that.)


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