Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 22:29 UTC, submitted by Nemilar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Its official release is just under three months away, and Ubuntu 8.04, or Hardy Heron, promises some great improvements over the already user-friendly Ubuntu 7.10 (also known as Gusty Gibbon). This is a look at the fourth Alpha release of Hardy; including many of the applications that are now included by default and the major changes that will improve stability and usability. Among these are the addition of Firefox 3 and Remote Desktop on the applications side, and a new method for systems control known as Policy Kit, which enables the administrator to unlock certain functions for normal users."
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RE: A Genuine Question
by Elv13 on Sun 3rd Feb 2008 01:32 UTC in reply to "A Genuine Question"
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The goal of Ubuntu is desktop+easy.

Before Ubuntu almost all distribation were using KDE by default. I have nothing against kde (i use KDE myself and do svn up on truck every night) but it was not for everyone at the time, and even now, kde3 is much more ocmplex than gnome.

When Ubuntu came, they took gnome (ugly at the time), made it visualy OK (2004-2005 skin was not that great, but Human was nice in 2006+). After that, they made a really usable gnome distribution and in every versions they choose -carefully- things to add or not to keep the distribution as light/easy/intuitive as possible.

In 2004-2005 Ubuntu was "the international distro" that was focusing on language support, but now they are focussing on creating an alternative to windows.

8.04 will be an LTS, so no major update, but i hope to see a a well integrated timevault, the hotwire shell (fully retrocompatible with unix term) and something like and other improvements like that.

The only thing i see that can be more popular that a well made easy/intuitive/complete distribution is a "facebook like" distribution, that focus on open content and integrate it everywhere.

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