Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 18th Jun 2012 05:29 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Over at the Goodbye, Microsoft web site, Brad R. takes Ubuntu to task for abandoning dial-up modem users. Apparently Ubuntu no longer includes the GnomePPP dial-up package in the distribution, without which you can't get online via dial-up. It gets better: if you do have some way to connect, when you download something from the Ubuntu repository, the first thing Ubuntu does is update its 16+ megabyte repository index. Happy waiting! Brad concludes that "Ubuntu is for broadband users only."
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Noooo, really?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 18th Jun 2012 06:25 UTC
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"Ubuntu is for broadband users only."

Uh... no shit?

I mean, seriously, come on... this is 2012. The entire distribution comes on a full CD-size image that comes with just about everything you'd expect in a modern operating system when it comes to programs. It has a massive repository that makes everything Microsoft has to offer look like a joke. The programs that it does come with sure as hell aren't "lightweight" by dial-up-era standards which was... 1995? 1998?

Seriously, get with the times, or as another poster said... just use Debian and customize it with smaller, lighter programs and a simple window manager. Or just install CrunchBrang and end up with a more lightweight system without excess fiddling to get everything installed and set up. Hell, for that matter, just read that new OSNews article about "lightweight" distributions and use one of those; using Ubuntu with such restrictions is just asking for trouble.

Edited 2012-06-18 06:29 UTC

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