Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2006 22:21 UTC, submitted by egan
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva's CEO got interviewed for the Mandriva club. "Right now, the new 'in thing' is Ubuntu. Of course, the situation is a bit different in this case: one person, with a quasi infinite check book is behind the operation. So they can give the system away and spend whatever is needed. Is this the right way for the open source eco-system? I find it hard to believe. One possible worse case scenario is that Ubuntu's plan is to use money to put all other community-based distros out of business and then start monetizing the installed base. If this were the case, they are doing the easy part: increasing their market share by giving away the product. We have found that the second part is a tad more difficult."
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RE[3]: Sour grapes?
by antwarrior on Sat 11th Feb 2006 21:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sour grapes?"
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That's a tad bit cruel ... but it's a fair opinion all the same. I recently upgraded my server machine from Mandrake 9.0 to Ubuntu. That was a about a month ago. I've had Mandrake 9.0 running as a server for the last 3 years without need of upgrade. (i was quite impressed by that ).

I think Francois misses what makes Ubuntu different as opposed to just being new. And that's Ubuntu ( in it's own mysterious way ) seems to fill that hard to define need in a user computer experience that seems to be lacking in the other major desktop orientated distros.

I am not saying that Ubuntu is the best distro, or that it has solved all Linux's problems. I am saying though that the need it is fufilling is fuelling it's adoption rapidly.

Users from other distributions try it and then almost irrationally they change. That's how strong their first impressions are of the distro. I have been using Linux since 1996 and I changed to Ubuntu from Mandrake 9.0 last year this time and it was just like that I installed it and kept it without thought. There was no 3 week trial period that comes with trying a new distro. It stayed and I have to say that I am happy with it as a "DESKTOP" distro.

As a workstation distro ,i tend to be distro agnostic... that being said though, I strangley prefer Mandrake 9.0 :-)

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