Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th Nov 2008 15:02 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu One of those traditional "I'm a user of abc, trying out xyz" articles. This time, a Mac user tries Ubuntu 8.10, and concludes: "Linux has come a long way, but it's not totally ready for the mom and pop folks, in my opinion. In the two days of testing, with two occasions it refused to load the graphic drivers and I could not enjoy Compiz. I found a tutorial which taught me how to modify xorg.conf to load XGL (I suspect that messing with the resolution of the second screen might have overwritten the xorg.conf file). Even so, I'd say Ubuntu 8.10 is a fantastic operating system. I guess it may take a while to tweak an Ubuntu installation to perfection, especially for more demanding users. I will recommend Ubuntu to everyone who can't afford a Mac, are not into heavy media content creation or hard-core gaming."
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RE[2]: Nice review
by Daniel Borgmann on Mon 17th Nov 2008 08:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice review"
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The sleep/hibernation situation on Linux is admittedly quite pathetic, but I really think it's the wrong approach to create a generic OS (like Windows or Ubuntu) and expect it to work flawlessly on every hardware under the sun.

Apple can create a fantastic user experience by coupling their own hardware with software that makes perfect use of its capabilities. Nokia is doing something similar with free software on handheld devices. I believe that this is what we should shoot for. Free software is perfectly positioned for this, because it allows hardware manufacturers to have complete control over the software. Windows is not.

I don't believe that the "cheaper than Windows generic OS" strategy most distributions are currently running is going to get us very far. And I hope that the various hardware vendors who are interested in custom Linux-based solutions for their hardware (Nokia, Dell, HP, etc), are a sign of things to come. To me, it doesn't matter one bit if it's called "Linux", as long as there is free software under the hood.

This also creates jobs, because those hardware manufacturers will need developers to create these custom user experiences. ;)

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