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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Some reasons why I *don't* like Ubuntu that much
by Anonymous Penguin on Wed 3rd Nov 2004 05:00 UTC

1) What is wrong with the (beautiful) default Debian Gnome? The Ubuntu one looks incredibly "naked" to me (and no, no reference to the controversial artwork, at least that puts some life into an otherwise "depressing" desktop).
2)Where is the Debian folder (or they could call it "Ubuntu" folder, I don't care) in the menu? This means that newly installed apps don't appear anywhere.
3)Take a snapshot of Debian Sid and freeze it? This the worst joke I've ever heard. Debian Sid is by definition a moving object. At least Mepis' default branch is testing.
4)Their own repositories only? Then it isn't Debian much more than Linspire or Xandros are.
5)No support for commercial applications (Acrobat Reader, RealPlayer, Java, Flash...)? That is very wrong. I know very well where to find them, but if this is meant to be a newbie friendly distro, again, this choice is very wrong.

Concluding, my take. Do you want to use Debian? If you are a newbie use Mepis or Kanotix. If you are more advanced or if you want to learn faster, use Libranet. If you are even more advanced or if you like absolute freedom and some DIY, use Debian Proper.
On the other hand, if you are Aunt Tillie, Linspire or Xandros are the right choice for you.