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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I tried Ubuntu ...
by blixel on Tue 8th Feb 2005 20:42 UTC

I put Ubuntu on an extra hard-drive on my Desktop and tried it on my Laptop. It was almost the distro that made me quit using Gentoo. I love Gentoo, but all the time required to install it is sometimes questionable. On my Laptop, I want a "just works" Linux distro.

Ubuntu is missing two things that would otherwise make it a perfect "just works" distro for me.

1.) An automatic repository updater that works the way "mirrorupdate" works on Gentoo. If "emerge" ever stops working for me under Gentoo due to a mirror being busy or no longer available, I simply run "mirrorupdate" and it will find available mirrors automatically. A long time ago when I used Mandrake, I hated that I would have to search the web and find new mirrors to add to the urpmi installer. "mirrorupdate" on Gentoo is a Godsend and I pretty much refuse to use a distro that doesn't have something similar.

2.) The portage system on Gentoo has a *huge* software repository. I never have to rely on downloading and compiling source code by hand. When I was playing with Ubuntu, I found several little things that weren't available via Synaptic. If I'm going to run a binary distro, I don't want to have to compile *anything* - otherwise it defeats the purpose in my opinion. Libs and compilers take up a ton of disk space. So if I have to compile even 1 thing, I might as well just use Gentoo and have the bennefits of compiling everything with the USE flags I want.