Linked by Christian Paratschek on Tue 2nd Nov 2004 16:46 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu By all means, Ubuntu Linux and Canonical Ltd. have made a spectacular arrival on the Linux scene lately. The combination is like a dream come true for many, many Linux aficionados: tightly selected bleeding edge packages to focus the distribution on a single CD, corporate backing, 18 month support, that all sounds like a formidable package.
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by Dewd on Wed 3rd Nov 2004 00:53 UTC

"Now, at the risk of being branded troll once again, I still don't understand where these sudden hypes come from. Be it Gentoo, Yoper, Ubuntu or whatever; these are probably all very capable linux distributions, like there are many other very capable linux distributions, but what sets of this overwhelming stream of press attention for some distro's, and not for others?"

Specifically about Ubuntu, it's like a dream coming to reality. At the moment, at least, they have an adequate proposition.

Not to try to cite its qualities, but:

1- It's a free distro. They don't want to sell it, but sell the support for it. It's like RedHat and Fedora in one distro, but with the free tag and they mean it. How many distros want to sell the ISOs? We want *the* ISO, not a ISO or spread packages. We want support, but not paid support all the time.

2- It builds on Debian success and all the other current distro successes. It's like Knoppix, Mepis, etc. But they have a different proposition. They don't target the LiveCD market only as many do. And they are serious about upgrades.

3- It has a good international support by default. The english only or mainly of many distros creates the necessity of national distros. It's better to have one distro for the world than each country with its own distro.

4- Some of us think that GNOME and GTK+ have better commercial support. We don't want a Trolltech to rule us. We may want to target many different OSs, even Windows, without having to worry with Trolltech. We can live with some tradeoffs, but not others.

Ok, other people interests may vary, but we all want something unique. Some users want KDE because at the moment it may do something better. But it doesn't mean that we won't work on the GNOME and GTK+ to create a better experience than KDE in the future. Some of the things that make KDE or QT attractive to users don't make them as attractive to some developers.