Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Are you a non-technical user? I believe that the answer is "no".

Debian could never be distributed to the general population and achieve great success. It's great for enthusiasts and professionals, but not for grandma. There are very few distributions that are trying to reach the average person but they're still a bit undercooked.

Just because you're thrilled to deal with surprises doesn't mean that the non-technical person is. Besides, a distribution relies on applications, not just system utilities. You might never have to employ your skills to run a Linux distribution, but if you do, you have the skills. What happens to the average person when it doesn't work? Do they dive into the XWindows configuration to fix the resolution problem?

That wasn't my point. For some reasons that I just can't fathom, most user-friendly linux distros are leading or bleeding edge and therefore unstable. Shouldn't an OS designed for non-technical users be STABLE? Why would grandma care if she is running the most up to date xorg or kernel? It should just work and work reliably, even if using 'out of date' packages.

If someone were to take Debian stable and add all the little bells and whistles that would make it user friendly then you would have a STABLE disto that would be ready for the general public, but I'm generalizing. So, Debian COULD be distributed to the general public, but in different clothes.

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