Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jul 2006 21:16 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Canonical's Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is an excellent Linux-based operating system - so excellent, in fact, that it not only earned eWEEK Labs' Analyst's Choice designation but has also become our clear favorite among Linux desktop distributions. This latest Ubuntu release, which became available in June, has won our ardor with a tight focus on desktop usability; an extremely active, helpful and organized user community; and a software installation and management framework that's unsurpassed on any OS platform."
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RE: Oh... my... God....
by sbenitezb on Wed 19th Jul 2006 23:24 UTC
sbenitezb
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2005-07-22

"Do you really call this an article?"

It's an article, how do you want to call it?

"I would call it "free advertising".

I would be concerned if the advertiser was Microsoft.

"The "article" lacks any proof that Ubuntu is better than other distros. No real comparisions, no evaluation done by normal users and a general lack of technical knowledge by the reviewers."

Well, it's the preferred/most touted distro according to Distrowatch. So...

"There is a reason why I will never consider Ubuntu the best distro for the desktop: Too many bugs, no package-installation options, bad swap setup with the default partitioner, crippled language support, incompatibility with Debian, inability (!) to launch a safe init 3 session for recovery tasks (there is only the stupid "rescue terminal" in init 5 mode, how stupid is that) and: sudo. Sudo is a plain disaster and forcing the crappy sudo approach on users is a no-go imho. (No, you cannot restore a complete (!) root environment in Ubuntu)."

- Too many bugs: true
- No package installation options: true, but its intent is to be installed by Joe No-previous-linux-experience
- Bad swap...: how come? I have 512MB of memory and got 1GB of swap. How that's so bad?
- Incompatibility with Debian: it doesn't have to be compatible. It's not compatible with Windows, remember.
- Inability to launch...: I hear Joe saying "what the hell is init 3?"
- Sudo: do you prefer root access? Sudo does the best job isolating the user from possible harm to the installation. But you have to be in sudoers file to have access. What happens if Joe adds grandma user and then she want's to change the clock or some other settings?

By the way, I don't know what you mean with 'you cannot restore a complete root environment'. Most people shouldn't know what root is. But you can issue sudo -s to have a root shell, if that is what you want. Or add a password to root to login as root, if that's what you prefer. But you are not going to administer a home PC as root from the shell just because.

Probably you should install LFS. I'm sure it will suit you.

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