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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My distro is better than yours part 1000
by MateoGWJ on Tue 8th Feb 2005 20:16 UTC

Like everyone has said, ad nauseum, that Ubuntu is Debian, just modified with the latest kernels and drivers and tweaked a bit. So is MEPIS, as is Xandros.

It's not revolutionary, but they have hit on the right mix of ease of use, polish, cost, and expandibility. For most users, there will be a few apps missing, but the base configuration will be enough to fit an average desktop users needs.

Mepis is very close, but it lacks the polish that Ubuntu has, even though it ostensibly the same code base. If Warren gets the graphics nailed down, then noone would be fired up about Ubuntu, since most of what Mepis has, Ubuntu users have to install manually. He hasn't, and as a result, we are talking Ubuntu all the time. Looks matter.

And then there is Xandros. Xandros runs rings around most distros in terms of spit and polish, but it's proprietary, whereas Ubuntu is free. Xandros breaks Debian compatibility on occassion, so you are locked into the Xandros Network if you want to update reliably. Ubuntu lets you do that for free, and sends their code changes back to Debian. I'd rather spend the $80 for Xandros Deluxe (assuming its not on sale) on Codeweavers and Cedega on Ubuntu than on another form of lock in.

Does that mean that Ubuntu is better than Mandrake, Fedora, Slackware, etc..? That's an individual opinion, so it is hard to actually say.

For me, I think its 'Linux done right'. That's just me. I'm sure everyone else thinks their distro is the best as well. Great. What works for you, works for you, and what works for me works for me.

But this endless bickering over Distros has to cease. Suck it up, grow up, and understand that people will disagree with you.