Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Sep 2005 13:45 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Ubuntu never positioned itself as a Debian derivative, like Xandros, Mepis, or Knoppix. Ubuntu publicly acknowledges its relationship with Debian, and Canonical, through its recently founded Ubuntu foundation, hires some Debian developers. All this should be good news; but for some it's not. Whether on Distrowatch or on forums, voices whisper that Ubuntu has a dirty secret you may not want to hear: they don't keep the compatibility with Debian, and they want to fork away from their mother distribution."
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Ubuntu: Derivative or Fork?
by pjafrombbay on Tue 27th Sep 2005 08:09 UTC
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"Ubuntu" is an Australian word for 'bloody good software'.

I have been 'playing' with various distributions of Linux for several years since I retired, looking for one that could replace Microsoft Windows XP on my desktop PC. I thought Xandros was getting close but not quite there. Then I tried Ubuntu - WOW! Its not as easy as WinXP and perhaps I am learning a bit more about Linux, but Hoary Hedgehog is really very good. When Breazy Badger is released is 'bye-bye' WinXP.

Mr Schultz is entitled to his opinions but I think he is wrong and a bit mean spirited. Why not give Mark Shuttleworth the benefit of the doubt (at least until he proves you wrong)? Shutleworth and Ubuntu have managed to create something that all the other distributions have failed to do - a version of Linux that is relatively easy to install, use and maintain. Ubuntu's success should be a spur to other disto developers to produce something even better - now that would get Mr Gates and Balmer worried!


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