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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by Metic on Tue 8th Feb 2005 17:21 UTC

Everyone here is forgetting that Ubuntu isn't even aimed at us! It's designed for use in places that lack funding for commercial OSes, i.e. third world. You're all expecting WAY too much from it.

Where did you get that opinion from? Just because the distro name is an African word doesn't mean that, nor is it said so in the Ubuntu documentation. Though it's true that Mark Shuttleworth and co try to make Ubuntu a third world friendly distro too (language support etc.). Ubuntu is meant for anyone who would like a tweaked, supported, relatively easy and up-to-date Debian-based (and GNOME-based) distro.

By the way, I think Ubuntu should consider including a default firewall (maybe Firestarter?). Having a secure default install with no unnecessary ports open is no excuse for not having a firewall in a supposedly easy to use desktop distro. Period. Many people are sure to install software that opens all sorts of ports to Internet anyway. Is it really necesssary for newbies to try to find information about Linux firewalls and their configuration all by themselves after Ubuntu installs and while their Ubuntu boxes may remain vulnerable to outside threats?

A centralized configuration tool ( la Libranet Xadminmenu) for those tasks not well enough covered by the GNOME config tools would be cool too.