Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Apr 2013 14:56 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 13.04 has been released, with the Linux 3.8.8 kernel, a faster and less resource hungry Unity desktop, LibreOffice 4.0, and much more. Ubuntu users will know where to get it, and you're looking for a new installation, have fun. Also fun: UbuntuKylin.
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RE: Re: Re: Comment by kurkosdr
by darknexus on Thu 25th Apr 2013 18:46 UTC in reply to "Re: Re: Comment by kurkosdr"
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Theoretically, this is true. Practically, Linux Desktop doesn't care about API stability and backcompat, so, for the average user who doesn't want to do things "at his own risk" (aka see things getting broken), it has the effect of a walled garden.

It's worse than that. Even things in the "stable" repositories will often break, e.g. GPU drivers and audio support. The latter is, in fact, something Ubuntu is rather famous for doing when they modify and customize Pulseaudio all to hell, breaking many of the ALSA drivers in the process even when they are not proprietary. One no sooner gets it working than a "stability update" breaks it again. I think the real problem is backward compatibility as opposed to the repository system. Repos can work well, as Android has demonstrated, but it has to be done correctly and backward compatibility must be maintained.

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