Linked by Jeremy Wells on Tue 8th Feb 2005 08:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu For over six years I have been hunting for a Linux distro that would allow me to replace my Windows installation. I've tried many versions of RedHat and Mandrake, and more recently, Gnoppix, Kanotix, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Knoppix. In my evaluations, I would start with high hopes that the latest and greatest distro would install smoothly, support my hardware, and create a genuinely usable system, but none of them really worked--until now. I recently came across the first distro that satisfied all my requirements: Ubuntu.
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Ubuntu may be nice for the end user
by Matze on Tue 8th Feb 2005 16:23 UTC

I tried Ubuntu Linux 4.10 for about three weeks, because it was one of the first distributions which included Gnome 2.8. For users used to Windows, Ubuntu represents an easy-to-use desktop like the reporter said in the article, but for professional use, I wouldn't recommend it at all due to the following reasons:

- the root user hasn't got a password, therefore unexperienced users are likely to damage the system
- I'm unsure whether Debian packages could be installed or not without the risk of an instable system

I think Ubuntu could have a great future as a end-user distribution, because it's free, easy to use and everyone could order some free cds at http://shipit.ubuntulinux.org ... I really appreciate that Ubuntu is GNOME-only, so users aren't bothered with applications which doesn't fit in the enviroment.