Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 30th Jul 2007 21:52 UTC, submitted by da_Chicken
Debian and its clones SimplyMEPIS, a very popular desktop Linux, is going to change back to using Debian Linux for its core from Ubuntu. In March of 2006, MEPIS founder Warren Woodford, decided to switch to Ubuntu from Debian for the next version of SimplyMEPIS, version 6.0. The plan was to use Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Service), a.k.a. Dapper Drake, as MEPIS' foundation. Things have changed.
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to see that comment about Ubuntu using Experimental.

I didn't even know that. I just thought Ubuntu had crappy quality control.

Now I realize it is DELIBERATELY crappy quality control.

They want the latest and greatest but they also want to be the "new Linux user's distro".

Sorry - can't have both. What you can have is a crappy distro that turns people OFF Linux.

And that's what Ubuntu is.

I don't recommend Ubuntu for new users. Use Mandriva or openSUSE or PCLinuxOS. New users need any distro that has comprehensive GUI front end tools that work, and that has somebody stepping up to the plate to fix bugs and do quality control. It doesn't matter whether that distro is a company-driven one like Mandriva or a community-driver one that takes a decent company-driver one and tweaks it like PCLinuxOS.

Either is better than a company-run distro devoted to screwing up like Ubuntu.

For power users of Linux, Ubuntu is fine. It's NOT for new Linux users.

It's that simple.

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