Linked by Fabian M. Schindler on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 18:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Linux distros are advancing everywhere. Not only servers but also on the desktop pc and notebooks. There are wild discussions, if Linux-Distributions are ready for serious business work or personal use. This critical review will deal with two long awaited Linux-distributions, Fedora Core 3 and Ubuntus Warty Warhog. Why these two? Because both feature Gnome 2.8 and it would not be a comparision on equal terms to compare Gnome to e.g KDE. Also, both use kernel 2.6.8+ and have their very own theme for the default desktop. Bluecurve for Fedora and Human for Ubuntu.
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Legal can of worms
by Chris Dunphy on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 21:54 UTC

Unfortunately, that too is a legal gray area. Which is why Fedora (being RedHat sponsored) will never be involved in it, and I am very greatful for this. People need to get through their thick skulls that there is a legal danger in doing what many distributions do, even hosting or giving instructions on how to use software that may be considered illegal or patent infringing (with prior knowledge, don't give me the, well this could infringe, because that doesn't legally count...) opens up a legal can of worms.

This is sad, and represents the sickening hypocrisy of laws like the DMCA (which, happily doesn't apply north of the 49th parallel, yet). Still, Canonical supports Ubuntu, and if they thought that the restricted formats wiki would cause them grief, I am certain their lawyers would have squawked by now.

I can only speak of trying to use each distribution as a desktop, and because of the superior nature of Ubuntu's repositories, it is much easier to get up and running.