Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 2nd Sep 2006 18:26 UTC, submitted by Mark
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere in Redmond you would no doubt have heard of Ubuntu and its many derivatives, touted as 'Linux for human beings'. Ubuntu has become the darling of the Linux media and has stolen the limelight from other prominent distributions such as the stalwart Red Hat and, the now Novell owned, SuSE. The question is why?" More here.
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Linux is not windows.
by Noremacam on Sun 3rd Sep 2006 02:10 UTC
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Saying that Ubuntu has failed because Photoshop doesn't run on it is like saying Windows XP failed because it doesn't run OSX's GarageBand. If proprietary software makers decide to support Linux, great. Don't blame Ubuntu because they're not Adobe.

Saying the package manager is difficult I found to be utterly ridiculous. The guy certainly mentioned Synaptic package manager, but when just looking for a simple application to install he could've just used "Add/Remove Software", but that could potentially nullify his point. I've been tinkering with linux since redhat 6, and considered it more potentially as a desktop around Fedora Core 2. From my experience, Ubuntu's debian based package management system is the easiest package management system I have ever used. After using Ubuntu, I wondered why I hadn't tried Debian prior.

Also the author failed to provide any specifics as to why the windows interface was superior to Gnome's or KDE's. I personally love Gnome's two bar system, because I can make use of widgets, and unlike windows, I don't have an incredibly cramped taskbar. I would easily consider KDE's control panel to be superior to Windows XP's. I've always believed(at least since Fedora) that the linux desktop has massively more usability than that of Windows XP. It's blindly easy to see. Here's a challenge: compare any windows start menu, to any linux "applications menu" and tell me which is more thought out.

When I read this article, this guy decided to single out Ubuntu(even though his arguments easily apply to almost any distro), and in the process forgot that Linux is not Windows.

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