Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 24th Apr 2008 15:42 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The Hardy Heron has taken flight: it's the second LTS (Long Term Support) release of the world's most popular distro. New features include the Wubi Windows installer and Firefox 3 beta 5. Grab a copy here, and check out Linux Format's overview of the release.
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RE[3]: Another Ubuntu
by unoengborg on Thu 24th Apr 2008 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Another Ubuntu"
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You're joking right? I'm sorry to burst your bubble but:
1. Copying the start bar isn't innovative.

The innovating thing (Novell did) was not to copy the start bar, but rather that they tested it on ordinary users. I.e users that not are developers or sysadmins. This kind of tests are rare in the open source world, but very necessary if we want reach a wider market. If it looks like something from Redmond, so what, as long as users are comfortable with it lets use it, especially as it in this case is totally optional.

2. Yast is pathetic and slow.

The thing that is/was slow in YaST is software installation. However, I guess Yast for software management will go away just like, apt-get, synaptic, yum, urpmi will go away when Packagekit takes over.Not that package kit is such all that speedy, but it will provide a well integrated standard interface that will make it easier for the end user.

3. openSUSE is bloated and slow.

You could also say that it is feature rich, and contain a lot of feetures that actually are helpful to the user. Unfortunately, feetures need a little hardware to run well, but in comparison to some OSes developed in Redmond, I don't think OpenSuSE have much to worry about. And these Redmond OSes constitutes the main competition.

And after all, If you don't like SuSE there is always Ubuntu, and a whole lot of other distros that look and feel more or less the same as Ubuntu to chose from.

Even if Ubuntu currently IMHO is not the most usable Linux distro their is, the Ubuntu team can still be very proud to know that they have raised the standards for usability in the Linux desktop.

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