Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Sep 2006 19:54 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth writes on his blog: "I'm of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian. So it's absolutely my intention to see that Ubuntu is a constructive part of the broader Debian landscape. It's vital that Ubuntu help to sustain and grow Debian, because it's the breadth and strength of Debian which make up the 'shoulders of greatness' on which we in the Ubuntu community stand when we reach for the stars."
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No, I'm sorry I don't think the following is true:

"Ubuntu has a narrower target group -- Windows users who want to switch to GNU/Linux"

First of all, if these Windows users want to switch to GNU/Linux then they're more likely to want to try other things, including looking at other Linux distributions.

Perhaps you mean Ubuntu tries to appeals to Windows users who may not want to switch. Even this isn't true. Ubuntu makes it clear: Ubuntu wants to be GNU/Linux for human beings.

Quoting their website: "a clear focus on the user and usability (it should "Just Work", TM)". They don't try to be the universal operating system, but they do depend on the universal operating system, debian.

I used to use nothing but Debian but now I use Ubuntu on my main desktop because things "Just Work" (in the way I want) and it is easier to use. I could, easily, use Debian sid, but, I'd rather not waste time setting stuff up when Ubuntu does things pretty much perfectly anyway. Except sound. I hate sound in Ubuntu (and GNU/Linux in general!) ;)

I still use Debian for some of my machines, and all of my servers - because Debian rocks. Ubuntu rocks too, but it meets my needs better on the desktop.

By the way, I can't wait for Debian Etch! I love Ubuntu, and I love Debian. I wish that these Debian dev's and Ubuntu dev's would stop hating the other side and love both operating systems.

(Oops, did I just become a hippy? :S)

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