Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 30th May 2011 22:04 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu Linux, estimates that the product has over 12 million users worldwide. And why not? Ubuntu is free and it runs more than ten thousand applications. It has a vibrant user community, websites covering everything you might ever need to know, good tutorials, a paid support option, and more. Yet I often hear friends and co-workers casually criticize Ubuntu. Perhaps this the price of success. Or is it? In this article I'll analyze common criticisms and try to sort fact from fiction.
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The dependency thing is a feature that is enabled by default, when it should really be disabled by default. Or, it should at least be disabled by default with Debian. The default is to install "recommended" packages as dependencies. I can see that Ubuntu would enable this feature by default being a distro aimed towards new users, but Debian should know better.

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