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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by Derrick on Wed 24th Nov 2004 13:21 UTC

I ran Ubuntu for the past 2 months on a testbox at home. I dual booted it with Gnoppix for something to do. I'd switch back and forth between the two at various times (I have a share partition for mailfiles etc.) The interesting part is...there really was no difference between the two distro's except the graphics. Was one more stable than the other? No. Was one more organized or more suited for desktop use? No. Was one a better Gnome environment? No.

Ubuntu has potential but shouldn't be as hyped as it is right now. Everyone flocked to this distro like it was the holy grail of Linux desktops. I have to disagree on this one. If I can take Gnoppix and find little difference between the isn't revolutionizing crap.

Trying to update Ubuntu for me isn't fun at all. You can't use official Debian repositories for everything so this limits my scope because I don't like to install run of the mill packages. I broke my Ubuntu install about 3 times trying to utilize apt-get. I eventually wanted to compile from source...but DOH! No root Access!!!! I think this alone in Linux is sacreligious. I used slackware from 1996-1999 and before that SunOS 5.3 and Solaris 2.0...not having access to a root account makes me think of Windoze.

Flash backward to June of 2003 when I first found MEPIS. While MEPIS wasn't really fantastic until October of that same intrigued me. It detected everything on my thinkpad. It installed everything on my desktop. It detected all of my networks. It simply worked AND it only got better. With the release of 2004.01 and higher, you can't go wrong. There's a reason that Robin "Roblimo" Miller editor in chief of OSDN group (Slashdot,, Sourceforge, Newsforge, etc) carries it with him wherever he lectures to show those new to Linux what a real Linux desktop looks like. He trusts that no matter where he is or what computer he is will detect everything and will show users a well thought out and put to together desktop.

Micheal C. Barnes has stated that MEPIS is "the absolute masterpiece of desktop Linux distributions" in his review. It's because MEPIS truly IS the absolute best. As a Linux advocate since 1995...I truly can say it is the best desktop distribution period. Suse, redhat, fedora, ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Libranet, Knoppix, Yoper, Mandrake, Kanotix, Vine, Xandros, Linspire, Gentoo, DSL, TurboLinux, Vector, and Lycoris...I've ran EACH one of these distros and found them not even close to MEPIS. Like I said previously, if you haven't tried (truly tried) 2004.01 or cannot refute this.