Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 20:49 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn't trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability."
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Not well informed
by sbergman27 on Thu 5th Oct 2006 21:11 UTC
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Ye Gods! Where to begin?

The software in Ubuntu, a single CD distro, is just a starting point. There are two obvious ways for an inexperienced user to install the software of their choice from the Ubuntu and Debian repositories which, last I checked, contained about 19,000 packages. They can use the drop dead simple "Add or Remove Software" application that appears at the bottom of the "Applications" menu on the panel. Or they can use the more powerful, and still easy to use, Synaptic, in the System->Administration menu.

Beyond that, gdebi is enabled by default. It allows 3rd party vendors to provide debs which the user can download to the desktop and then doubleclick to install in a nice friendly graphical fashion.

I would also recommend Jenny Craig to the author of the article, but that might be considered a personal attack. ;-)

Edited 2006-10-05 21:11

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