Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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My biggest complaint...
by sb56637 on Fri 14th Oct 2011 13:34 UTC
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My biggest complaint about Ubuntu is the total lack of desktop-agnostic GUI system configuration tools. To cite a few examples, there is no way to configure the bootloader, the network, the keyboard layout, users, or samba without using a desktop-specific (usually Gnome or KDE) tool. These desktop-specific GUI tools change between different desktops, and they bring in a lot of unnecessary dependencies if you try to run them on a lightweight desktop. And they obviously don't work at all if you break your system and don't have X running. For these reasons, I have switched from Ubuntu to openSUSE, because they actually take comprehensive desktop-agnostic GUI config tools seriously. Ubuntu's lack of interest in GUI config tools belies their claim of making Linux easy to use.

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